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.
SMEs used the lockdown period to develop new ideas – an insight into an initiative of the IPI during the coronavirus crisis
08.06.2020 | Patents
More support for innovative SMEs and start-ups – assisted patent searches at a reduced fee until the end of 2020
Better international protection for Swiss geographical indications
The IPI is actively participating in the WIPO dialogue on intellectual property and artificial intelligence
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions