Creations which meet these conditions benefit from designs protection
- The design must be new. This condition has been met when no other identical design has been published before filing for protection.
- The design must exhibit uniqueness. This condition is met when the design sufficiently differs from existing designs in significant points.
- The design may not go against public morality or law.
Applications for design protection are not examined for novelty in Switzerland. We recommend that you check this yourself by searching in databases, eg. in Swissreg for national designs, or in Designview if you would like to search data in other countries. Also check in specialty stores, look at the competition, go to exhibitions and look at the trade literature to see if identical or similar designs already exist.
Pilot project for a collaboration of the five largest patent offices with search and examination of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications
06.07.2018 | IPI
The founding of the sic! Foundation for intellectual property, information and competition law.
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office