11.01.2022 | Patents, IP news

Researchers find a way to make cheese tastier

When smear-ripened cheese is stored in airtight packaging, it often loses some of its flavour and becomes sticky. A new manufacturing process resolves this problem. It was devised with the help of a stocking. Read the whole story in our blog

14.12.2021 | Designs, IPI

“Design protection gives us a sense of security”

The Gadient brothers produce everyday objects from wood. They have protected some of their sophisticated designs and were surprised by how simple the filing process was. The next products are already in the pipeline. Read the full story of the Gadients in our blog. Enjoy reading!

06.10.2021 | Law enforcement, Indications of source, Partners and initiatives

Swissness Enforcement fights against the misuse of country names at the European Intellectual Property Office (Iceland versus Iceland)

To this day, country names such as Switzerland, Suisse and Schweiz are being registered as elements of a trade mark without any restriction. As a result, there are a large number of trade marks with country names that have nothing to do with the respective country. The dispute between the Icelandic state and the British supermarket chain ICELAND is therefore considered a model case. Swissness...

06.10.2021 | ip-search

New search report from 1 October 2021

During the pilot phase, some of our clients took a closer look at the new format of our search report. They praised the fresh look, the fact that the main results of the search can be skim-read and that the report is easy to navigate. This feedback also enabled us to tailor the report even better to the needs of our clients. The main new features of the report (pdf) are the following: A...

01.10.2021 | Event, Partners and initiatives, IPI

How SMEs protect their primary raw material – know-how

Inspiring projects relating to innovation will be presented at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in Basel on 18 November. After being held virtually last year, the event will take place in person again in 2021. The conference highlights that innovation is the basis for success, especially in these exceptional times. The forum is an inspiring platform for exchanging ideas, networking and...

15.09.2021 | Patents, Trade Marks, IP news, Designs

Switzerland maintains its position as innovation world champion even in COVID times

A new feature called the Global Innovation Tracker provides a snapshot of global innovation activity, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Global Innovation Index evaluates the innovative performance of individual countries based on around 80 indicators. Leader in patents Back in March, the European Patent Office’s (EPO) Patent Index revealed that Switzerland was able to...

03.09.2021 | Law and policy, Partners and initiatives

Second online workshop CIPCO/IPI ‘Legal framework of intellectual property for AI - technical and economic aspects’ on 13 September 2021

The IPI is very pleased to present the second online workshop of the Center for Intangible Property and Competition Law (CIPCO), in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). After a successful first edition on the topic: Legal framework of intellectual property for AI - status quo and perspectives on June 11, 2021, we are repeating the experience by...

18.08.2021 | Patents, Media release, Law and policy

Modernising the patent examination procedure

The Federal Council acknowledged the results of the consultation on the partial revision of the Patents Act at its meeting of 18 August 2021 and decided on the further course of action. Modernising the patent examination procedure was, in principle, welcomed in the consultation. The Federal Council has decided to take into account the criticism voiced in individual areas by making adjustments to...

18.08.2021 | Media release, Law and policy, Indications of source

Swiss producers to benefit from better international protection for geographical indications

Swiss producers will in future be able to register geographical indications in several states simultaneously via a simple procedure. At its meeting on 18 August 2021, the Federal Council approved the entry into force of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications as well as the implementing ordinances per 1 December 2021. You can find further...

17.08.2021 | Conference

IP Service World, 22–23 November 2021 in Munich

‘IP connecting people’ is the title of the 11th edition of this event, where our expert Dr Anna Maria Villa will be giving a very interesting talk. ip-search will also have a stand at the event, so we hope to meet you there. Further information