Guide for Innovative and Creative Minds



Protective rights are principally valid only within the territory of the country that granted them. A Swiss patent protects an invention only in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Have you also obtained protection abroad? Before you begin to export, especially if you haven’t obtained protection abroad, be certain that you will not be infringing on the rights of anyone in your target market.

Good to know

  • Owners of registered trade marks or designs and of copyrights can defend themselves against imported or exported counterfeited or pirated products. Request assistance from the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security. The customs agents can temporarily impound shipments at the border. For more information and information sheets, go to the website of the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (


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