Guide for Innovative and Creative Minds



In principle, IP rights are only valid within the territory of the country that granted them. A Swiss patent protects an invention in Switzerland and Liechtenstein only. 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 the rights of anyone in your target market.

Good to know

  • Owners of registered trade marks or designs and of copyright 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 withhold 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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