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24.01.2017 | Patents

EPO/IGE Public Event – Patenting of watch technologies

Patenting practice in the field of watch technology has its own challenges. A half-day public event jointly organized by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will allow gaining some insight into these challenges.The event will take place at the IPI on 15 September 2016. Patent examiners from both offices, Tobias Bremi from the Swiss...

04.07.2016 | IP news

Swiss Technology Award 2016 – Take up the challenge and apply now! (Kopie 1)

Innovations are a key driver of the Swiss economy. Switzerland’s most prestigious technology award, the Swiss Technology Award, will be presented for the 28th time at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel on 24 November 2016.Who can apply?Applications are invited from innovative entrepreneurs, business and industry start-ups, university and college projects, established companies with...

14.07.2016 |

Swiss Technology Award 2016 – Take up the challenge and apply now!

Innovations are a key driver of the Swiss economy. Switzerland’s most prestigious technology award, the Swiss Technology Award, will be presented for the 28th time at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel on 24 November 2016.Who can apply?Applications are invited from innovative entrepreneurs, business and industry start-ups, university and college projects, established companies with ...

05.07.2016 | ip-search

Streamlined opposition procedure at the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) introduced a new practice for opposition procedures on 1 July 2016 with the aim of shortening such proceedings. It has optimised its internal workflows so that the total time needed for a decision in straightforward cases is reduced to 15 months, calculated as from expiry of the opposition period. This new practice continues to respect the general principles...

31.05.2016 | ip-search

The latest on the unitary patent – a conference in Munich

On 7 July 2016, a one-day conference is taking place at the headquarters of the European Patent Office on the current status of the European patent with unitary effect (also known as the unitary patent or UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). At the conference, you can find out about the preparatory work already completed, the ongoing ratification in the member states and the implications for...

17.05.2016 | IP news

Federal Council publishes report on resale rights

The introduction of a resale right would allow visual artists to receive a share of the proceeds from the resale of their works through art dealers. The Federal Council today adopted a report on this subject, which fulfils a postulate from Council of States member Luginbühl. The report presents various possibilities for the resale right and analyses the economic impact of its introduction. Media...

03.11.2015 |

Patent intelligence – lecture at the IP Service World 2015

Patent landscape analyses give an insight into new fields of technology. They help to identify research priorities and patenting activities in a field of technology, making them a useful tool for research managers, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors and even policy makers.At the IP Service World 2015, Dr. Jochen Spuck, ip-search’s Head of Product Development, explains how patent landscape...

30.10.2015 |

WIPO’s ‘Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports’ – the basis for patent landscape analyses

A patent landscape analysis helps to take fundamental strategic decisions by analysing patenting activities and highlighting key areas of development. They are therefore a useful tool for development managers, entrepreneurs, investors as well as for policy makers and promoters of innovation.The WIPO has published guidelines on creating and using patent landscapes with the aim of setting a quality...

14.10.2015 |

ip-search invites IP professionals to the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern

ip search is inviting its customers to an exchange of ideas in the Zentrum Paul Klee.We have recently revised the structure and functionality or our search reports, and would like to take this opportunity to show you how you can efficiently use our reports to analyse your freedom to operate.This event is taking place on the morning of 18 November 2015. After lunch, there will also be the...

14.10.2015 | ip-search

Patent searches as aids in product development

When Gyro Gearloose has a problem, he puzzles and tinkers until a functional technical masterpiece is standing in his workshop. Afterwards, the neighbours are amazed at its practical benefits.The starting point of any innovation is the vision. However, is it worth blindly realising an idea for a product without looking beyond the workbench or the lab? Developing a product right up until it is...