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01.07.2021 | Law and policy

Digital transformation, data and frontier technologies

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), headquartered in Geneva, is conducting a survey on the impact of frontier technologies on intellectual property (IP). This questionnaire on frontier technologies and data begins with general questions about the use of frontier technologies and IP, and then moves on to focus on data as a driving force behind these technologies. The responses...

21.06.2021 | Patents

DNA data storage innovators Robert Grass and Wendelin Stark receive European Inventor Award 2021

«Grass and Stark’s remarkable cross-disciplinary research has led to an invention that has the potential to reshape our approach to long-term data storage,» says EPO President António Campinos. «With digitalisation transforming almost every aspect of society, this innovation represents a leap forward in terms of improving the durability of the information we produce and holds promise for...

07.06.2021 | Patents, IP news, IPI

European Inventor Award 2021: Swiss researcher in the final

The European Patent Office (EPO) is hosting the first-ever digital edition of the European Inventor Award ceremony on Thursday, 17 June, which viewers will be able to watch at inventoraward.org. The ceremony, an important event in the science and innovation calendar, will give audiences around the globe an opportunity to learn about outstanding inventors from Europe and beyond who have devised...

07.06.2021 | Patents, Designs, IPI

New electronic IP rights administration system for patents and designs from Summer 2021

From 1 July 2021, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will administer patents and designs, alongside trade marks, in the new electronic IP rights administration system. This successfully concludes a project which has been running for several years and which brings a lot of changes for the IPI and the day-to-day work of its employees. The project aimed not only to replace...

02.06.2021 | Copyright, Partners and initiatives

The IPI ‘Your photo. Your copyright.’ special prize awarded at the LernFilm Festival 2021

Content is constantly being posted and shared on the internet these days – whether on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In doing so, however, other people’s photos are often being used without permission. Yet as easy as it is to post and share photos on these platforms, as easy as it is to infringe someone else’s copyright. The Copyright Act protects all photographs regardless of whether they have...

02.06.2021 | Law and policy, Partners and initiatives

CIPCO/IPI ‘Intellectual property law in the age of artificial intelligence’ workshop on 11 June 2021

Is intellectual property protection becoming superfluous? Or will there soon be no need for patent or trade mark examiners? Following the prevalent views on the future role of artificial intelligence, one would have to answer such questions with a yes. A new series of events on the topic of ‘AI & IP’ attempts to provide a more differentiated picture, taking into account views from different...

01.06.2021 | Patents, Trade Marks, Partners and initiatives

Event in Bern – the IPI is committed to start-ups

On 23 June, Startup Days (SUD) will take place in the Kursaal in Bern. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is sponsoring the event and its experts will be on hand to answer questions about protecting innovations. In a session with the world's most famous secret agent, event participants will also learn which specific aspects of protection are relevant for start-ups looking...

26.05.2021 | Media release, Law and policy

Digital economy performs well

At its meeting on 26 May 2021, the Federal Council took note of the report (in German and French, pdf) by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) entitled ‘Access to non-personal data in the private sector’. The digital economy significantly contributes to the economic performance of Switzerland. To facilitate access to non-personal data held by the private sector, the report...

26.04.2021 | Patents, Trade Marks, IP news, Designs

World IP Day – how SMEs reliably bring their ideas to market

Under the motto ‘IP & SMEs: taking your ideas to market’, this year's World IP Day focuses on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the economy, and how they can use IP to become more competitive and resilient. SMEs in Switzerland account for 99% of all companies. For these SMEs, too, everything started with an idea that found its way to market. When such an idea is...

20.04.2021 | Patents, IPI

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...

 
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