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26.05.2020 | Law and policy, Patents, Media release

Daren Tang appointed as next WIPO Director General

At their General Assembly, the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed Daren Tang of Singapore as the new Director General. He will succeed Francis Gurry, who has led the organisation for twelve years. Mr Tang’s six-year term of office will begin on 1 October. With reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Director General emphasised that, more than...

26.05.2020 | Partners and initiatives

Tailor-made IP strategies – SEF4KMU virtual networking lunch on 4 June 2020

Following the successful networking lunch on the topic of IP strategies, which took place in October 2019 in Etoy, comes an additional event in German. At a virtual SEF4KMU networking lunch on 4 June 2020, attorney-at-law and Lawyer of the Year 2019 Bernard Volken will explain why an individual IP strategy is valuable for every innovative company. Seize the opportunity to participate in this...

20.05.2020 | Law and policy

The USA welcomes the partial revision of the Swiss Copyright Act

In response to criticism from the US entertainment industry, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) placed Switzerland on a ‘watch list’ in 2016 in its annual report on countries that insufficiently protect American IP interests (the Special 301 Report). The USA argued that it was not sufficiently possible to enforce copyright on the internet in Switzerland. In recognition of amendments to...

28.04.2020 | Partners and initiatives

Young researchers convince experts with their projects

The final of the Swiss Youth in Science national competition has been held virtually for the first time due to the current pandemic. Against all odds, 136 young researchers presented their work to the jury of experts, showing their research results and ideas via video call on 23 and 24 April. They were then honoured for their outstanding achievements on 25 April. The finalists, who came from...

26.04.2020 | IP news, Law and policy

Green inventions shape our future

Every 26 April marks World Intellectual Property Day. This year, the focus is on how innovation can create a green future and the various ways in which IP can be used to achieve this. Intellectual property has a key role to play in tackling climate change. “New climate-friendly innovations and new ways of thinking are urgently required to tackle the climate crisis and achieve a green future,”...

21.04.2020 | Partners and initiatives, Patents

Swiss biotech companies continue to flourish

In 2019, 1.2 billion Swiss francs were invested in private and public biotech companies according to the Swiss Biotech Report 2020. Gene therapy, artificial intelligence and the production of advanced biologicals have developed into complementary strengths in the past year. The Swiss biotech ecosystem has become even more diverse, write the authors of the report, while the life sciences branch...

15.04.2020 | IPI, Patents

Stay innovative. Take advantage of the IPI’s digital offering.

The measures to limit the pandemic are hitting many companies hard: revenue losses, liquidity bottlenecks and short-time working. So ideas are in demand right now, not only to develop crisis-proof business models in the short term, but also to optimally shape the new start post-crisis in the longer term. During this challenging period, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) is...

01.04.2020 | Copyright, Law and policy

From now on, even your amateur snaps are protected by copyright!

Whether an artistic photograph, an amateur snap, or a standard product photo – under the modernised Copyright Act (CopA) all photos are now protected, whether analogue or digital, or taken by an amateur or a professional. This applies whether the photographs have individual character or not. The extended protection for photographs is one of the main changes in the new Copyright Act. It comes into...

26.03.2020 | ip-search

You have our full support – even during the current extraordinary situation

The coronavirus has profoundly changed working, social and everyday life for us all. So some things are different for us too – we are working from home to protect those who need it the most. But nothing changes for you. Because thanks to being able to work from home, we can continue to support you with our services – unreservedly. The reliability of our services continue to be fully...

19.03.2020 | IP news, Designs

DesignEuropa Awards – call for creative Swiss designers

Up until 8 May, designers can submit entries for the DesignEuropa Awards. The Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the field of design and design management. Organised every two years by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Awards have two categories open for applications and nominations: Small and Emerging Companies and Industry. There is an additional category...