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17.10.2019 | IP news, Designs

DesignEuropa Awards 2020: Call for entries has started

Now in their third edition, the DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders. Organised every two years by the EUIPO, the Awards have two categories open for applications and nominations: Small and Emerging Companies and Industry. The Lifetime Achievement category is reserved for designers with a significant body of...

25.09.2019 | IP news, Trade Marks, Patents, Designs, Copyright

Study: How important IP rights are for the Swiss economy

Industries in Switzerland that make intensive use of intellectual property rights (IPR) contribute significantly to employment and the gross domestic product (GDP). This is the conclusion of a European study that has just been published. The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have examined the role IP rights play in economic performance,...

18.09.2019 | Law and policy, IP news, Conference

Conference on the Future of IP

From 11 to 13 September, IP experts from around the world gathered in Zurich for the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Conference. The topic: the future of IP. Over the course of three days at ETH Zurich, attendees took part in lectures, panel discussions and workshops on IP rights. Well-attended IPI panel As one of the conference sponsors, the IPI organised a panel entitled...

02.09.2019 | IP news, Partners and initiatives

How SMEs can benefit from a design strategy

How do I develop a design strategy? At the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is holding a breakout session on this topic. Under the motto "Try", inspiring projects will be presented at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in Basel on 21 November.  In addition to keynotes, participants can take part in breakout sessions and...

20.08.2019 | IP news, Patents, Event

Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions

On 19 September in Bern, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will host a roundtable on “Patenting procedures relating to computer-implemented inventions.” The free seminar will focus on the patentability of software in Europe. Computer programs are, as such, protected under copyright. However, thousands of patents are granted for...

31.07.2019 | IP news, Patents

Nominations are open for the European Inventor Award 2020

The nomination period for the European Inventor Award 2020 is now open. Up until 30 September, participants can help determine who should receive the coveted award by nominating an inventor. Participation is not limited to inventors. Anyone working in business, research, intellectual property associations, universities and members of the general public can submit a nomination. You can find...

24.07.2019 | IP news, Patents, Trade Marks

Switzerland is the most innovative country

Switzerland has once again retained its spot at the top of the Global Innovation Index (GII). Sweden and the USA also made it onto the podium. Each year, the GII evaluates the innovation performance of countries. The rankings are based on 80 indicators such as investment in research and development, trade mark and patent protection and high-tech exports. The World Intellectual Property...

17.07.2019 | IP news, Patents

Changes to patent practice

From 1 August, five changes will take effect in the field of patents in Switzerland. They concern, for example, the procedure for multiple changes to the register and for applications which are submitted too early. You can find details of the changes to practice in our newsletter (only available in German or French).

21.06.2019 | Patents, IP news

European Patent Office honours inventors

Exceptional inventors have been awarded with the European Inventor Award 2019 at a ceremony in Vienna. The winners, from Austria, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain, were honoured for their outstanding achievements in plastic recycling, cancer diagnostics, rechargeable battery technology, marine antifouling and DNA testing. “The imagination, intellect and expertise on display at this...

14.06.2019 | IP news

Status Report on IPR Infringement in the EU

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published its Status Report on IPR Infringement (in English) on 6 June 2019. The report summarises the findings of the research carried out in recent years by the EUIPO, through the European  Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory), on the extent, scope and economic consequences of intellectual...