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
A patent is an IP right granted by the state for an invention. It gives the owner protection from another person commercially using (i.e., producing, using, selling or importing) their invention without permission for a maximum of 20 years. For example: the inventor of a ball-point pen can prevent someone else from producing ball-point pens without permission based on their patent. However, they can also allow production in return for compensation.
Legally speaking, an invention is a new solution to a technological problem. Products (such as heatable ski boots, or chemical compounds such as aspirin) and processes (such as a process for freeze-drying coffee) can be patented.
Patent protection is only valid in those countries where a patent has been granted. It expires 20 years after the filing date. Thereafter, the invention belongs to the public domain and can be used by anyone.
Good to know
- Patented products or their packaging can be graphically identified, for example, by the federal cross and the patent number (+69255) or with information about the country in which the patent was granted (CH patent 69255). If a patent application has been filed for an invention, the symbols ‘pat.pend.’ or ‘patent pending’ can be used. It is an offence to misuse these symbols.
- A patent does not automatically confer on its owner the right to use their invention. Other laws, such as those covering medicines or artificial reproduction, regulate whether an invention can be used. In many cases, authorisation must be obtained to use or market the product.
- www.swissreg.ch: The official publication of Swiss patents, trade marks, and designs contains information on published Swiss applications and Swiss patents as well as granted European patents effective in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
- www.espacenet.com: Millions of patent documents from all over the world are contained in the online database of the European Patent Organisation.
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"