For IP professionals
This is the portal for professionals working in the field of intellectual property. Here you'll find direct access to all necessary resources.
- Trade Mark Database
- Register changes for trade marks
- Madrid Monitor
- International trade mark registration
- Trade Mark Guidelines (German, French, Italian)
- Classification tool for trade marks
- Trade mark examination support tool
- Trade marks: Costs and fees
- Trade marks: WIPO fee calculator
- Cancellation procedure for trade marks on the grounds of non-use
- Protected public signs: Abbreviations
- Protected public signs: Other signs (emblems)
- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
- Trade marks: News Service Archive
- Patents: Patent Examination Guidelines (German, French)
- Patents: Fees
Once you have a presence on the market, you are vulnerable. Your product, service, or trade mark can become the object of litigation at any time independent of whether you’ve protected your intellectual property or not!
A competitor can send you warning (a cease and desist letter) if you are infringing their rights with your product, product name or design. IP rights can also be contested in court at any time because they are not guaranteed by the IPI. In such a case, the court decides on the validity of the IP right.
Take warning notices from a competitor and the related deadlines seriously. Request an extract from the register from the claimant: it will help you to gauge potential infringement better. In general, you should always consult an attorney in such cases. They can assess the legal status and recommend an effective strategy for responding. Grounds for litigation can often be voided, for example if the opposing party’s IP right isn’t valid.
Good to know
- Searches are the best prevention against rights infringement. Read the section Don’t infringe.
- What are the grounds for revoking a patent? (in German)
24.05.2023 | Media release, Copyright
Online service providers are to remunerate use of journalistic works
26.04.2023 | Media release, Law and policy
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
19.01.2023 | Law and policy, Event
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"