General terms and conditions

Below you will find our general terms and conditions. We recommend that our regular customers conclude a basic agreement (PDF) with us.


I. General scope

These General Terms and Conditions apply to commercial services provided by the IPI under the label ip-search. Any other general terms and conditions and declarations by the Customer will only form an integral part of the contract if expressly agreed in writing.


II. Services and rates

The final price of a patent search is calculated according to actual time and effort plus database costs and any additional services (e.g. citations, patent specifications, non-patent literature) as well as value added tax. The final price is dependent on the search definition, the databases selected, the search strategy, the number of found documents, the depth of analysis, and the formatting and preparation of the results. All invoices are to be paid within 30 days.


III. Placement of order

Orders should always be made in writing by post, by email or by using the online order form. Transmission errors and discrepancies are the responsibility of the Customer.


IV. Liability and warranty

The IPI applies due diligence in selecting information sources and executing searches. However, no guarantee can be given for the accuracy and completeness of the retrieved data nor for the search results. The IPI shall only be liable in cases of gross negligence and intent.


The information contained in the search report does not constitute legal advice nor is it to be understood as a recommendation for investment. For more in-depth analyses and interpretation, we recommend consulting suitably qualified persons, e.g. a patent attorney.


V. Copyright and rights of use

No copyright is transferred to the Customer. All services are intended for the Customer's own use only, or in the case of information brokering, for the own use of the Customer's customer. In the case of a transaction on behalf of a third party, the data may be forwarded to the latter once only. Duplication, distribution and reprinting for the purpose of further commercial use are prohibited.


VI. Data protection and confidentiality

The IPI maintains complete confidentiality concerning all searches. We protect your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy.


VII. Resolution of claim or dispute

All matters arising out of or relating to this agreement and the services by the IPI shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of Switzerland (without giving effect to such laws’ conflict of laws or international private law rules).


Any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to this agreement and the services by the IPI, regardless of the cause of action, shall be adjudicated exclusively by the court of the city of Bern, Canton of Bern, Switzerland and each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts.