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01.07.2022 | Trade Marks, ip-search, IPI

From July 2022, the IPI will no longer offer trade mark searches

The IPI has assisted applicants and proprietors of trade marks with professional trade mark searches for over 60 years. It has thus given clients a reliable basis for taking decisions about trade mark protection. Nowadays, people who want to search for trade marks or monitor the market are increasingly doing so themselves using free online databases. As a result, the demand for trade mark...

15.06.2022 | Trade Marks, Partners and initiatives

The IPI’s IP Management Award goes to Pettastic!

Pettastic has won the IPI’s IP Management Award 2022. The mini-enterprise engaged with the protection of intellectual property most intensively over the course of the Young Enterprise Switzerland (YES) one-year Company Programme. The company makes phone cases from recycled PET. Read the whole story in our blog

24.05.2022 | Patents, Trade Marks

A strategy for success – how a Swiss start-up protects its inventions

The topic of meat substitutes is on everyone's lips here in Switzerland, as in many countries. At the forefront of Swiss manufacturers in this field is the start-up Planted, whose success is partly due to its systematic protection of intellectual property. Read the whole story in our blog.

17.05.2022 | Patents, Trade Marks, Law and policy, Designs

Termination of the Agreement between Switzerland and Germany on Reciprocal Protection for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

By means of notices dated 30 April and 29 December 2021, Germany terminated the Agreement of 13 April 1892 between Switzerland and Germany on Reciprocal Protection for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (SR 0.232.149.136). This decision follows a judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union dated 22 October 2020 (joined cases C-720/18 and C-721/18) in which the court ruled that the above...

04.03.2022 | Trade Marks, IPI

New online service for international trade mark registration

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) wishes to enable its clients to register, manage and pay for trade marks, patents and designs online quickly and easily. To this end, it is gradually introducing new online services. A new platform is now available that allows trade mark applicants and holders to apply for protection in more than 120 countries. Thanks to the extension...

02.03.2022 | Patents, Trade Marks, Media release, Designs, IPI

Switzerland continues to be innovative during the pandemic

Swiss companies demonstrated their innovative spirit once again during the second year of the pandemic. More trade mark applications were filed in 2021 than in the previous year. Additionally, around 1,000 innovators carried out a search with the IPI to examine their inventions in detail. More trade mark applications are filed every year in Switzerland. This upward trend also continued during...

15.09.2021 | Patents, Trade Marks, IP news, Designs

Switzerland maintains its position as innovation world champion even in COVID times

A new feature called the Global Innovation Tracker provides a snapshot of global innovation activity, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Global Innovation Index evaluates the innovative performance of individual countries based on around 80 indicators. Leader in patents Back in March, the European Patent Office’s (EPO) Patent Index revealed that Switzerland was able to...

01.06.2021 | Patents, Trade Marks, Partners and initiatives

Event in Bern – the IPI is committed to start-ups

On 23 June, Startup Days (SUD) will take place in the Kursaal in Bern. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is sponsoring the event and its experts will be on hand to answer questions about protecting innovations. In a session with the world's most famous secret agent, event participants will also learn which specific aspects of protection are relevant for start-ups looking...

26.04.2021 | Patents, Trade Marks, IP news, Designs

World IP Day – how SMEs reliably bring their ideas to market

Under the motto ‘IP & SMEs: taking your ideas to market’, this year's World IP Day focuses on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the economy, and how they can use IP to become more competitive and resilient. SMEs in Switzerland account for 99% of all companies. For these SMEs, too, everything started with an idea that found its way to market. When such an idea is...

23.03.2021 | IPI, Media release, Patents, Trade Marks

Counterfeits are costing Switzerland dearly – a new OECD study concludes

Buying counterfeits costs consumers huge sums of money. The corresponding trade damages the good reputation of Swiss companies and reduces their turnover by billions each year. As a result, in 2018, Switzerland forfeited over 10,000 jobs. For the first time, a new study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has provided concrete figures on the issue. Global trade...

03.09.2020 | IP news, Trade Marks, Patents

Global Innovation Index 2020 – Switzerland remains the most innovative country in the world

Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world for the tenth consecutive year. This is the result of the Global Innovation Index 2020 (GII), based on an assessment of 131 economies worldwide. Sweden, the United States and the United Kingdom are next in the rankings. Compared to the EU, Switzerland outperforms in all areas. Switzerland exceeds expectations when it comes to transforming...

04.03.2020 | Media release, Trade Marks, Patents, Designs, IPI

Trade marks in Switzerland still at a high

Trade marks in Switzerland continue to be popular. More than 17,000 applications for trade marks were received by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) in 2019, which is slightly more than the previous year. There are now more than 500,000 trade marks in force nationally. Applications for design rights, on the other hand, have remained stable, while the number of patent...

25.11.2019 | Trade Marks, Patents, Designs, Copyright, IPI

Court decisions now available on our website

The Swiss courts regularly deal with cases concerning intellectual property law. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) has now published statistics on the court rulings.   The figures on IP rights in 2018 show, for example, that the most court decisions by far are made in the area of trade mark law (57%). This is followed by copyright law (27%) and patent law (9%).   ...

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,...

24.05.2019 | Partners and initiatives, Trade Marks, Patents

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...

17.04.2019 | IP news, Patents, Trade Marks, Designs

Intellectual property in figures

Which sector in Switzerland applies to register the most designs? How many patents are currently in force? On the new statistics page of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI), you can read up on interesting facts and figures on IP rights in Switzerland. The data is visualised with graphics, while a slide show highlights information on individual IP rights. All statistics on...

14.02.2019 | Media release, Trade Marks

More than half a million trade marks in Switzerland

Almost 1 ,000 trade marks were applied for at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) in 2018. As a result, there are now more than 500 000 trade marks in force for the first time in Switzerland. Registering a trade mark protects companies from free-riders, although trade marks are not the only thing that companies and private individuals can apply to register. This is also...

28.05.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/05 in GermanNewsletter 2018/05 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

30.04.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/04 in GermanNewsletter 2018/04 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

05.03.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/02-03 in GermanNewsletter 2018/02-03 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

30.01.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/01 in GermanNewsletter 2018/01 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

20.12.2017 | Trade Marks

Time limit for the initial examination of applications for the registration of trade marks

Due to the high number of Swiss applications for the registration of trade marks, the time limit for the initial examination is usually increased to four months from the date of the payment of the filing fee and any class surcharges. Within this time limit, we will either confirm that your trade mark is to be accepted for registration in the trade mark register or inform you of any deficiencies...

20.11.2017 | Designs, Trade Marks

Swiss design data now available in Designview

As of 20 November 2017, national designs entered in the Swiss design register are also available in Designview. This multilingual and user-friendly search tool is provided by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It offers access to the registered designs of all participating national offices – generally patent and trade mark offices – as well as the interregional offices EUIPO,...