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
Help for SMEs
Our Contact Centre – for the information you need
If something's not clear, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our Contact Centre staff will be happy to answer your questions on protecting your innovations and creations or will put you through to an expert if necessary.
- Telephone +41 31 377 77 77
Monday - Friday, 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm.
- Or by email to info@ipi .ch
The assisted patent search – for inventors
Have you invented something and don’t know how to proceed? Or do you have a technical question? During an assisted patent search, a patent expert in your technical field searches in patent databases together with you and answers your questions on patenting. This half day session at our office in Bern costs CHF 300.
A Guide for Innovative and Creative Minds
Have you had an idea, pursued it persistently, developed a product and now, after a huge effort, are successfully launching it on the market? Read about the roles patents, trade marks, designs and copyright can play in our Guide for Innovative and Creative Minds.
Training and courses
We have courses for both beginners and professionals. Our training programme and information on courses can be found under Training and courses.
Free initial consultation for questions on patents
You can get 45 minutes of free advice on patent protection and copyright software protection from patent attorneys (.pdf) affiliated to the IP Advisory Network.
Advice on questions regarding strategies and disputes
Do you need an expert’s opinion on which protection is best for you? Or would you like help in choosing a trade mark or defining the scope of protection for your patent application? Or maybe you need advice on handling a dispute with a competitor?
A trade mark consultant or patent attorney can give you competent advice and recommendations.
Innovation funding for SMEs
Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency supports science-based innovation projects jointly run by companies and research partners. In addition, Innosuisse offers a range of opportunities for the transfer of knowledge between research and industry on a national and international level.
General info for SMEs
You can find information about topics such as founding a company, finances, marketing, taxes, insurance and more on the SME Portal of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.
Interactive intellecutal property e-learning platform
With the e-Learning tool from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), you can gain the knowledge you need on intellectual property according to the sector and the product or production phase in which your company is involved. In addition, the platform provides plenty of general information on what can be protected and how.
IP rights diagnosis for your SME
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has developed a new IP Diagnostic Tool, which allows you to receive a free report on your company’s IP rights. The process is simple. All you have to do is answer questions about the IP situation in your company in the WIPO online tool. There are several blocks of questions on topics such as innovation, trade marks, licensing and the international activities of your company. At the end of each section, you receive a report with recommendations and further information on the competitiveness of your company.
WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
Mediation for Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes in Switzerland
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) offers mediation, arbitration and expert determination options to enable private parties to efficiently settle their domestic or cross-border commercial disputes. The WIPO Center is international and specialized in intellectual property (IP) and technology disputes. It has a strong focus on providing time- and cost-efficient proceedings.
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"