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02.05.2019 | Patents, Event

En route to Ticino – protecting innovation at AGIRE event

How can I protect my innovation? This question will be the focus of a public event on 8 May at the Tecnopolo Ticino in Manno. SMEs, start-ups and representatives from higher education institutes will participate in the event organised by AGIRE (The Innovation Agency of Southern Switzerland) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). IPI experts will provide attendees with...

26.04.2019 | IP news

The world of sport – IP in action

Every 26 April marks World Intellectual Property Day, which this year is dedicated to intellectual property (IP) rights in the sports world. The following four examples show how innovations are protected in a field where records are broken and medals are won. Copyright: The Champions League football anthem was composed by Tony Britten. The rights to it, however, are held by UEFA. Trade...

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...

| 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...

17.04.2019 | Media release, Patents

Lower annual fees for Swiss patents

From 1 July 2019, new annual fees will apply to Swiss patents and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs). The Federal Council approved the amendment to the IPI Fee Ordinance on 17 April 2019. As a result, a Swiss patent will be less expensive over its entire maximum term of validity. The annual fees will continue to increase in line with the term of the patent. However, they will now...

12.04.2019 | IP news

How colourless life would be without intellectual property

The award-winning short film ‘IPDENTICAL’ illustrates what everyday life would be like without intellectual property – grey and monotonous. The same song is played on the radio every day; the same films are always showing in cinemas. The film was produced on behalf of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Following screenings at several film festivals, the video is now...

10.04.2019 | Event

The IPI at the Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva from 10 to 14 April 2019 - why not stop by and see us?

Each year, the International Exhibition of Inventions brings together on average more than 700 exhibitors from 40 countries, with companies, inventors, organisations, as well as private and state institutes exhibiting their inventions. This year, the IPI will again be participating with a stand, so why not stop by and see us?

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...

12.03.2019 | Partners and initiatives, IP news

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...