New Swiss Biotech Report shows exceptional sector performance
While the spotlight was on Covid-related projects (such as cloning of the virus, diagnostic development or vaccine production) Switzerland and Swiss biotech companies did not lose sight of other unmet medical needs and continued to invest heavily to expand their R&D and manufacturing infrastructure. Investors contributed new funds at record levels to advance the promising pipeline of the Swiss...
United against ‘Swissness’ misuse – the IPI and Swiss exporters are working together
Statutory regulations have been in force since 1 January 2017 for products and services that producers want to promote with ‘Swissness’, such as with a Swiss cross or a ‘Swiss Made’ label, for example. The aim of these rules is to protect the ‘Swiss’ brand from misuse and secure companies that produce in Switzerland an important long-term competitive advantage. The ‘Swissness’ legislation...
IPI Director General becomes delegate in the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation
The Director General of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will prepare the business of the Administrative Council in this eight-member body for the next three years. The Council supervises the activities of the European Patent Office. The 38 member states of the EPO, which has its headquarters in Munich, include all EU states as well as Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
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...
Switzerland still in the lead – despite fewer patent applications
The number of patent applications received by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2020 from Switzerland has fallen by 1.9% to 8,112 according to the EPO’s newly published Patent Index 2020. The EPO reports that this is the first decline in Swiss patent applications since 2009 (-2.9%), the year after the start of the financial crisis. Despite the declining trend, however, Switzerland was still...
05.03.2021 | Law and policy
Suspension of the TRIPS Agreement during the COVID-19 pandemic?
At the WTO/TRIPS Council of 15 and 16 October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a TRIPS waiver request. In it, they propose that the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights should be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. See our page on the Suspension of the TRIPS Agreement for further information.
Study shows that points of contact for Swiss inventors and creatives score highly
Switzerland is a country of inventors. Start-ups and SMEs reinforce this reputation with their innovations and creative achievements. Intellectual property and its protection is a key piece of the puzzle for a company on the path to success. It is only when a SME knows how to manage their intellectual assets and how to protect their own innovations that they are able to make strategic and...
Limitless film consumption?
Thanks to tablets and laptops, you can consume films and series anytime, anywhere. If you are abroad, however, the screen often remains black due to what is known as geo-blocking. The EU has taken individual measures to this end. The OTM examined what the situation is like for Swiss nationals staying abroad as part of the Digital Switzerland Action Plan. For example, online content services...
01.01.2021 | Law and policy
The sic! journal in partnership with the Helbing Lichtenhahn Verlag from 2021
The sic! journal for intellectual property, information and competition law has been published since 1997 and is indispensable to the professional community. For more than 23 years, an independent editorial board has ensured that this high-quality publication keeps Swiss IP lawyers up to date with the latest case law and academic discourse. It is supported by the IPI, the International Association...
The ‘Swiss’ brand is adequately protected
The legal criteria for the long-term protection of ‘Swissness’ are fulfilling their purpose. This has been confirmed in studies commissioned by the Federal Council. They are adding value to the Swiss economy and are also leading to a decrease in cases of ‘Swissness’ misuse, particularly within Switzerland. However, in a report approved on 18 December 2020, the Federal Council sees potential for...
26.03.2020 | ip-search
You have our full support – even during the current extraordinary situation
12.03.2019 | ip-search
Fields of technology defined by IPI patent experts now available in PatentSight
22.09.2020 | Conference
Online autumn conference of the Association of Intellectual Property Experts on 30 October 2020.
22.09.2020 | Conference
The Artificial Intelligence Conference on Search, Data and Text Mining, Analytics and Visualization (AI-SDV) from 5 to 6 October 2020 in Nice (France)
18.10.2019 | Conference
Autumn conference of the Association of Intellectual Property Experts from 24 to 25 October in Bielefeld (Germany)