Keep your idea to yourself, especially if you want to protect it as intellectual property.
- Keep your invention secret as long as you have not applied for a patent. If you make your invention public in any form before you apply for a patent, it is no longer patentable. To be patentable, an invention must be novel (among other things). An invention is novel when no one anywhere in the world has heard of it before the application date. If you expose your invention at an exhibit or in a scientific publication before you file your patent application, it becomes so-called "prior art" and is no longer considered novel when you apply for a patent.
- The same is true for protecting designs. A design must be new in order for it to be protected.
- A trademark should also be unpublished before you apply for registration. If not, someone else can register it in their name. Trademark rights are reserved for whoever registers first.
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