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
Define your strategy
How do you want to protect and defend your intellectual property long-term? Weigh the costs and advantages and define an IP protection strategy. Decide what you want to protect, in which countries, for how long, whether and how you want to monitor your IP rights, how you can defend them, and, just in case, how you want to assign them (e.g. sell or license them).
Here are a few questions you should think about:
- What do you want to protect? Invention, trade mark, or design? Or all three simultaneously? Do you want to patent the opening mechanism for an umbrella? Protect the form of the handle or the pattern of the fabric as a design? Or do you want to register the name of the umbrella as a trade mark?
- How do you want to protect your invention?
- You can keep the invention secret,
which is, to a certain extent, a cheap, permanent form of protection. However, someone else could discover your solution and use it freely.
- You can protect the invention with a patent.
As a patent owner, you can commercially use your invention and prohibit others from the economic utilisation (e.g., production, sale, or import) of your invention for a maximum of 20 years. This allows you to recoup the money you invested in development and to make a profit. In return, so to speak, you must accurately describe your invention and disclose it (in Switzerland, inventions are electronically published on www.swissreg.ch 18 months after the date of filing, or, if applicable, the priority date). Patent protection promotes technological progress by allowing the state of the art of a technology to be disseminated. Others can freely access the knowledge and use it as a starting point for advancing their own research. Whatever is not published in the patent application and thus kept secret is not protected.
- Or, you can publish an invention without patenting it.
This prevents someone else from obtaining a viable patent for your invention. When an invention has already been published, it is no longer considered novel and thus is not patentable.
- You can keep the invention secret,
- In which countries do you want to protect your intellectual property? Which markets are feasible and interesting for your product? Are you prepared to enforce your rights in these countries?
We recommend that you consult a specialist (patent or trade mark attorney) to develop an effective IP strategy.
Good to know
- There is another form of defence against counterfeiting that doesn't involve patent, trade mark, or design rights: manufacturers are also protected against counterfeiting under the Federal Act on Unfair Competition. This law protects primarily against business conduct which is contrary to good faith practices or immoral. Acts which are considered unfair and illegal are things such as deceiving and misleading consumers. The unfair competition law can be used to proceed against counterfeiting and imitation (Federal Law on Unfair Competition, 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"