Patent protection

What is protected?Inventions, i.e. new technical solutions to technical problems
How is it protected?Granting of the patent
Minimum requirements
  • Novel
  • Industrially applicable
  • Inventive step
  • Disclosure of the invention
Not protected
  • Animal breeds and plant varieties
  • Diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical procedures on humans or animals
  • Use which goes against public order or public morality
  • Certain biotechnological inventions
What are the exceptions?Private use, research and teaching
Scope of protectionDefined in the patent claims
Period of protectionMax. 20 years
Common symbols or references+pat+; pat. pend. (patent pending)
Use is optional, misuse is punishable by law
Application fees (CH)CHF 200 (for the application),
CHF 500 (Swiss Patent Application Search)
CHF 500 (examination)
Annual fees (CH)CHF 100 for the 4th year, after which the fee increases annually by CHF 50 (CHF 150 for the 5th year, etc.)
Unique to SwitzerlandThere is no official examination for novelty and inventive step in Switzerland. The IPI therefore recommends carrying out a patent search.
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