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26.02.2019 | IPI

Barbara Hübscher Schmuki has been elected to the IPI’s Institute Council

At its meeting on 13 February 2019, the Institute Council elected Barbara Hübscher Schmuki as General Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), with effect from 1 March 2019. She was also elected to the Institute Council of the IPI. In the role of General Secretary of the FDJP and member of the Institute Council, she succeeds Matthias Ramsauer, who transferred to the...

10.12.2018 | IPI

The 2017/18 Annual Report is online

Find out what the IPI did in the 2017/18 business year. The new Annual Report gives you an overview of the IPI year and explains why the IPI is playing a key role in maintaining and developing trade mark law. The photographs illustrate basic aspects of patentability by showing important achievements from an era that was completely dominated by the digital breakthrough. We wish you an enjoyable...

09.11.2018 | IPI

Children visit the IPI on National Future Day

Eleven girls and boys visited the IPI on Switzerland’s National Future Day to get a fascinating glimpse into the world of work of their parents. We wanted to find out what they would invent themselves. On 8 November, children got to know the IPI and take a look into the world of trade marks, patents and designs as part of Switzerland’s National Future Day. Following the welcome at 8.30am,...

08.11.2018 | ip-search, IPI

15 years of ip-search

The IPI has now been providing patent and trade mark searches for more than thirty years. But in November 2003, following a steady growth in demand for professionally prepared bases for decisions on trade marks and patents, the IPI decided to give its services its own name and platform in the form of “ip-search”. ip-search stands not only for premium quality patent and trade mark searches, but...

08.11.2018 | IPI, Media release

Two new IPI executive board members

The Institute Council of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) has appointed Jürgen Horwath and Iwan Guler as new members of the IPI Executive Board. Mr Guler, whose appointment comes into effect in April 2019, follows in the footsteps of Ueli Buri, who has been selected as the new Data Protection Commissioner of the Canton of Bern. Jürgen Horwath will become an executive...

06.07.2018 | IPI

The founding of the sic! Foundation for intellectual property, information and competition law.

sic! – the journal for intellectual property, information and fair competition law has been published since 1997 and is an indispensable journal for the professional community. It is financed by the IPI and the Swiss International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI Switzerland) as well as 14 other professional organisations. Its content is the responsibility of an...

25.06.2018 | IPI

The IPI reports first success against misuse of “Swissness”

Since 1 January 2017, the IPI has been actively combating misuse of “Swissness” in Switzerland and abroad. The cooperation of the business community and the authorities is making an impact, with the IPI successfully intervening in 287 cases in 2017 at home and abroad. A review of the enforcement of «Swissness» in 2017Overview of the enforcement of “Swissness” by the IPI

06.06.2018 | ip-search, IPI

ip-search at the PATINFO 2018

From 13 to 15 June 2018, the 40th PATINFO will take place in Ilmenau, Germany. Under this year’s theme “IP Search – Impact on Competition”, service providers, patent attorneys, and industry and patent office representatives will discuss the latest developments and trends at the largest German-speaking patent information conference. The IPI will again be present this year with an exhibition stand...

16.04.2018 | IPI

Two new members elected to the Institute Council

On 11 April 2018, the Federal Council elected Peter Walser, with effect from 1 May 2018, and Luc Amgwerd, with effect from 1 July 2018, as new members of the Institute Council of the IPI. Peter Walser is a Swiss and European patent attorney, and has been a partner in a Zurich patent attorney firm for many years. He succeeds Vincenzo Pedrazzini who resigned from the Institute Council at the end...

05.01.2018 | IPI

Annual Report 2016/2017 is now online

Find out what has been making news in the IPI during the 2016/2017 business year. The latest annual report provides an overview of activities at the IPI, and shows why the credibility of intellectual property is a cornerstone of our prosperity. The photographs illustrate basic aspects of the practice of trade mark protection. We hope you enjoy reading it!