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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.


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.


Support for start-ups


The Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI brings together companies and universities and fosters mutual R&D projects.


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.


The Innovation Map - Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI


The Innovation Map brings together research institutions and companies and provides a compact overview of federal support measures aimed at improving the transfer of knowledge and technology.


The Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI brings together companies and universities and fosters mutual R&D projects.


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.