Several things determine the cost of patent protection:
- Possible translations of the patent application for the various countries (Patents are usually granted in the national language and thus translation costs can be very high!)
- Retaining a patent attorney
- The countries in which protection is sought
- Patent and technology searches
- Number of patent claims
- Patent fees
The fees usually make up the smallest share of the total costs. A valid patent for Switzerland and Liechtenstein costs CHF 200 for the application and CHF 500 for the examination.
Annual renewal fees are due starting from the fourth year until the twentieth year after the date of filing. For the fourth year after filing, they amount to CHF 100, after which they increase by CHF 50 each year (i.e. CHF 150 in the fifth year, CHF 200 in the sixth year, etc.). You can find more information on our website.
21.09.2018 | Law and policy
Information event on the revised Patents Act for experts and practitioners
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office