Determine whether you need to follow legal restrictions. Certain products (e.g., medicines, chemicals, and agricultural fertilizers and pesticides) must be approved by a federal agency (such as swissmedic or the Federal Office of Public Health) in order to protect public health, the environment or other important resources before they can be produced or marketed. Patent owners also require approval in order to bring certain products onto the market. This is because a patent does not automatically confer on its owner the right to use an invention. The patent law does not govern whether and under which conditions an invention may be used. For that there is other applicable legislation, such as a federal drug act or gene technology act.
- Overview of the approval procedure, cantonal procedure, and regulated professions (website of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO).
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