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22.06.2017 |

Fostering the development of medicinal products for paediatric use – consultation on the partial revision of the Patents Ordinance

The research and development of medicinal products specifically for children should be fostered. In order to achieve this, the Patents Act has been revised within the scope of the revision to the Therapeutic Products Act. Pharmaceutical companies that carry out paediatric studies can be granted a six-month extension to a supplementary protection certificate that has already been granted or...

20.06.2017 | Patents

PCT applications with the IPI as Receiving Office can now be submitted online (ePCT)

If you want to submit an application for the grant of a patent under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and designate the IPI as the Receiving Office, you no longer have to send your application on paper or by fax. You can now also submit your application online via the ePCT portal of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This system makes submitting international applications...

30.05.2017 |

The ipi.ch website has a new look

We have tidied and spruced up our website to make it easier to navigate and to present our diverse content more clearly. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions about our online presence:  web_content@ipi.ch.

04.05.2017 | IP news

Swiss Biotech Report 2017

The Swiss Biotech Report 2017 has just been published. It illuminates the most important drivers of innovation and summarises issues and facts about the development of the Swiss biotech industry. Compiled by a group of representatives from public institutions – including the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – and current enterprises, it appears annually. Press release (pdf, 124 KB)

12.04.2017 | Event

Beguiling Appearance – Murky Shadows?

Everyone knows about fake handbags at the beach and replica brand-name sunglasses on the internet. But who is behind such goods? Who gains and who loses by them? And who puts themselves at risk? The STOP PIRACY Association has opened the second season of the special exhibition on counterfeiting and piracy called, “Beguiling Appearance – Murky Shadows?” at the Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di...

07.04.2017 | ip-search

Food printing – the development of a sector

On 24 May 2017, the Bern School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) is dedicating a symposium to the topic of 3D food printing. Sibilla Delorenzi, a patent expert at the IPI, will be holding a talk at the event on how a patent landscape analysis can help identify market developments and stakeholders.

02.03.2017 | Law and policy

Modernisation of copyright law – compromise in the AGUR12 II

The copyright working group AGUR12 II concluded its work on 2 March 2017 and reached a compromise on various issues. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will take into consideration the results of the AGUR12 II on the revision of the Copyright Act and submit a proposal on how to proceed to the Federal Council by July 2017. Media release (pdf)Glossary (pdf)Chronology

10.02.2017 | Law and policy

WTO revises TRIPS Agreement

The TRIPS Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was revised on 23 January 2017. The revision of the agreement provides poorer WTO members with access to generic drugs. This change is in particular important for those countries that do not have their own pharmaceutical industry. This is the first revision of a WTO agreement since the organisation was created in 1995. Switzerland had...

| Law and policy

First Swiss depositary institution under the Budapest Treaty

Microorganisms can now be deposited for the purposes of a patent procedure at the Culture Collection of Switzerland (CCOS), which is headquartered in Waedenswil (Notification of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) of 16 January 2017).Other depositary institutions recognised by the IPI: International depositary institutions under the Budapest Treaty.

01.02.2017 | Law and policy

Sino-Swiss cooperation on intellectual property confirmed during state visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping

On 16 January 2017, Switzerland and China signed a declaration of continued cooperation between the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and the Chinese State Intellectual Property Organization in Bern.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has existed between the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and the Chinese State Intellectual Property Organization (SIPO) since...