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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...

18.12.2017 | Law and policy, Copyright

New IPI directive for the supervision of the collective rights management organisations

From 1 January 2018, the new IPI directive for the supervision of the collective rights management organisations comes into force. It sets out guidelines for the IPI as supervisory authority when reviewing the management of the collective rights management organisations. The new directive will apply as of the reporting for the business year 2018.  The goal of the modernisation was to bring...

22.11.2017 | Law and policy, Copyright, Media release

Federal Council adapts copyright law to the digital age

With the revision to the Copyright Act, the Federal Council wants to strengthen the rights and interests of creative artists and the cultural industries by taking a resolute approach to pirated online content. At the same time, it upholds the principle that consumers who take advantage of such illegal offers will not be criminalised. By providing measures that support research and libraries, it...

20.11.2017 | ip-search

ip-search @ IP Service World

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will be featured at the IP Service World 2017. The conference will take place on 27 and 28 November in Munich. The patent expert, Dr. David Rees, will give a talk on strategic patent analysis.

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...

14.11.2017 | Partners and initiatives

The IPI at the SWISS INNOVATION FORUM 2017

On 16 November, the IPI will be featured again as the main partner at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in the Congress Center Basel. Our IP experts at the IPI stand will answer questions regarding trade marks, patents and design.