Speed dating for SMEs – tips for protecting innovation
On 23 May, companies from all over Switzerland gathered at the SEF.Wachstum (meaning ‘growth’) event. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) was present as a partner organisation with an exhibition stand. During the ‘SpeedDating4Growth’ part of the programme, experts from the IPI answered questions about protecting innovation. “Some attendees asked about current issues...
Swiss Biotech Report – biotech industry continues to thrive
The Swiss biotech industry increased its sales, exports and research investments once again in 2018, as indicated by the Swiss Biotech Report 2019 (BTR). The industry’s growth is largely due to investment in research and development, which rose by 32 per cent from 2017 to 2018. This is also reflected in the patent portfolio with 53 per cent of Swiss biotech patents classified as world-class...
Swiss Youth in Science honours young researchers
109 researchers were awarded for their achievements in the Swiss Youth in Science national competition. The young people had worked meticulously on their research projects over the course of a year. In the final on 3 and 4 May, the secondary and vocational school students presented their research projects at a public exhibition in the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR). They also...
26.04.2019 | Partners and initiatives
Young Swiss researchers eagerly await the final – whose invention will be crowned the winner?
The finalists of the Swiss Youth in Science national competition have been chosen. 109 young people will gather in Rapperswil from 2 to 4 May to contest the final and present their projects. To participate in the biggest competition for young researchers in Switzerland, the enthusiastic innovators carried out research over several months. The result is a collection of creative inventions and...
02.04.2019 | Partners and initiatives
Certified course CAS IP Law – university of applied sciences collaborates with the IPI
The Swiss education landscape is about to be broadened with the launch of a new certified course on protecting intellectual property. This autumn, a CAS in IP Law will be offered at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). It was developed in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). The collaboration combines proven strengths to pursue a...
22.03.2019 | Partners and initiatives
Initial help for start-ups – IPI workshop at the Start Summit
Technologies and entrepreneurship are the focus of the Start Summit in St. Gallen from 21 to 22 March. At a summit workshop, two IPI experts showed start-ups how they can protect their digital innovations. Interest in the topic was great with participants asking plenty of questions, which then led on to a lively discussion. How do I protect my software? Can I patent a program? When is an...
Counterfeit goods – watch out when bargain hunting!
Online shopping is very popular among Swiss consumers. However, not everything delivered to Switzerland is necessarily legal. The 2018 Customs Statistics from the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) indicate an increase in the past year in consignments seized from both tourist and commercial traffic. However, the number of counterfeit goods ordered online and delivered by post or courier is also...
15.02.2019 | Partners and initiatives
Young researchers are ready for the world of intellectual property
In January, participants in the Swiss Youth in Science national competition presented their entries to subject matter experts in Lugano, Bern and Lausanne, in the hope of qualifying for the final. The jury has since made its selection – 125 young people and 105 projects have reached the final, which will take place in Rapperswil from 2 - 4 May 2019. Investing in the future Given that...
11.02.2019 | Partners and initiatives
Innosuisse and the IPI — a partnership for Swiss innovation
SMEs and start-ups should be provided with the best conditions to make their innovations economically viable. This is the incentive for a collaboration between the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. The Assisted Patent Search is at the heart of the collaboration between Innosuisse and the IPI. Recipients of Innosuisse funding can...
11.12.2018 | Partners and initiatives
Getting a head start – CEO at 18
At Young Enterprise Switzerland (YES), some young people have started their own mini-company and in doing so, have learned how to create value by protecting their own creations. Following the initial phase of the programme, which began in August and dealt with founding the mini-company, start-up capital and the business plan, the mini-companies are now presenting their products at Christmas...
"IP and AI – Dream and Reality" PATINFO 2019, 5 to 7 June 2019 in Ilmenau (Germany)
A patent analysis offers a glimpse into the digital future – specialist lecture at «Patente 2019» in Munich