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02.09.2019 | Media release, Law and policy, Indications of source

Better international protection for Swiss quality products

The agreement between Georgia and Switzerland on the protection of geographical indications and use of the indication of source “Switzerland” comes into force on 1 September 2019. It protects well-known Swiss indications and contributes to maintaining the long-term reputation of Swiss quality products. Key points at a glance: The agreement lists protected designations. This means that, in...

02.09.2019 | IP news, Partners and initiatives

How SMEs can benefit from a design strategy

How do I develop a design strategy? At the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is holding a breakout session on this topic. Under the motto "Try", inspiring projects will be presented at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in Basel on 21 November.  In addition to keynotes, participants can take part in breakout sessions and gain an insight...

22.08.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Tailor-made IP Strategy for SMEs & Start-ups – An exclusive networking lunch on 1.10.2019 in Etoy/VD

Patent protection and IP strategies are only relevant for large companies that operate globally – or so think many leaders of SMEs and start-up. But think again! At the SEF4KMU networking lunch on 1 October 2019 in Etoy/VD, attorney-at-law and Lawyer of the Year 2019 Bernard Volken will show why even smaller companies should pay more attention to the topic of intellectual property. Would you...

20.08.2019 | IP news, Patents, Event

Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions

On 19 September in Bern, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will host a roundtable on “Patenting procedures relating to computer-implemented inventions.” The free seminar will focus on the patentability of software in Europe. Computer programs are, as such, protected under copyright. However, thousands of patents are granted for...

31.07.2019 | IP news, Patents

Nominations are open for the European Inventor Award 2020

The nomination period for the European Inventor Award 2020 is now open. Up until 30 September, participants can help determine who should receive the coveted award by nominating an inventor. Participation is not limited to inventors. Anyone working in business, research, intellectual property associations, universities and members of the general public can submit a nomination. You can find...

17.07.2019 | IP news, Patents

Changes to patent practice

From 1 August, five changes will take effect in the field of patents in Switzerland. They concern, for example, the procedure for multiple changes to the register and for applications which are submitted too early. You can find details of the changes to practice in our newsletter (only available in German or French).

21.06.2019 | Patents, IP news

European Patent Office honours inventors

Exceptional inventors have been awarded with the European Inventor Award 2019 at a ceremony in Vienna. The winners, from Austria, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain, were honoured for their outstanding achievements in plastic recycling, cancer diagnostics, rechargeable battery technology, marine antifouling and DNA testing. “The imagination, intellect and expertise on display at this...

14.06.2019 | IP news

Status Report on IPR Infringement in the EU

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published its Status Report on IPR Infringement (in English) on 6 June 2019. The report summarises the findings of the research carried out in recent years by the EUIPO, through the European  Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory), on the extent, scope and economic consequences of intellectual property...

24.05.2019 | Partners and initiatives, Trade Marks, Patents

Speed dating for SMEs – tips for protecting innovation

On 23 May, companies from all over Switzerland gathered at the SEF.Wachstum (meaning ‘growth’) event. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) was present as a partner organisation with an exhibition stand. During the ‘SpeedDating4Growth’ part of the programme, experts from the IPI answered questions about protecting innovation. “Some attendees asked about current issues...

22.05.2019 | Media release, Indications of source, Law and policy

Geographical indications – Swiss producers should benefit from a simple international protection system

Bündnerfleisch, Formaggio d'alpe ticinese or the designation “Swiss” for watches – geographical indications offer an important competitive edge in the global market. This is why it should in future be possible for Swiss producers to obtain protection for such indications in all member states of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement via a simple, cost-effective application procedure. The Federal...

07.05.2019 | IP news, Patents

EPO announces the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2019

The European Patent Office (EPO) today announces the 15 finalists nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019. The Award, now in its 14th year, celebrates the genius and creativity of inventors and inventor teams for their contributions to scientific and technological progress, their role in generating economic growth, and their impact on our daily lives. The winners of the 2019 edition of...

02.05.2019 | Patents, Event

En route to Ticino – protecting innovation at AGIRE event

How can I protect my innovation? This question will be the focus of a public event on 8 May at the Tecnopolo Ticino in Manno. SMEs, start-ups and representatives from higher education institutes will participate in the event organised by AGIRE (The Innovation Agency of Southern Switzerland) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). IPI experts will provide attendees with...

30.04.2019 | Media release, Law and policy, Law enforcement

The measures introduced to combat “Swissness” misuse yield results

Successful measures in the fight against misuse of “Swissness” and fewer offences in Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) reports a positive result for the year 2018. The key points at a glance: In 2018, the IPI did not have to initiate any criminal proceedings in Switzerland. In the 78 interventions led by the IPI, all of the companies involved were...

26.04.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Young Swiss researchers eagerly await the final – whose invention will be crowned the winner?

The finalists of the Swiss Youth in Science national competition have been chosen. 109 young people will gather in Rapperswil from 2 to 4 May to contest the final and present their projects. To participate in the biggest competition for young researchers in Switzerland, the enthusiastic innovators carried out research over several months. The result is a collection of creative inventions and...

17.04.2019 | IP news, Patents, Trade Marks, Designs

Intellectual property in figures

Which sector in Switzerland applies to register the most designs? How many patents are currently in force? On the new statistics page of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI), you can read up on interesting facts and figures on IP rights in Switzerland. The data is visualised with graphics, while a slide show highlights information on individual IP rights. All statistics on...

17.04.2019 | Media release, Patents

Lower annual fees for Swiss patents

From 1 July 2019, new annual fees will apply to Swiss patents and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs). The Federal Council approved the amendment to the IPI Fee Ordinance on 17 April 2019. As a result, a Swiss patent will be less expensive over its entire maximum term of validity. The annual fees will continue to increase in line with the term of the patent. However, they will now...

10.04.2019 | Event

The IPI at the Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva from 10 to 14 April 2019 - why not stop by and see us?

Each year, the International Exhibition of Inventions brings together on average more than 700 exhibitors from 40 countries, with companies, inventors, organisations, as well as private and state institutes exhibiting their inventions. This year, the IPI will again be participating with a stand, so why not stop by and see us?

02.04.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Certified course CAS IP Law – university of applied sciences collaborates with the IPI

The Swiss education landscape is about to be broadened with the launch of a new certified course on protecting intellectual property. This autumn, a CAS in IP Law will be offered at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). It was developed in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI).   The collaboration combines proven strengths to pursue a common goal...

22.03.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Initial help for start-ups – IPI workshop at the Start Summit

Technologies and entrepreneurship are the focus of the  Start Summit in St. Gallen from 21 to 22 March. At a summit workshop, two IPI experts showed start-ups how they can protect their digital innovations. Interest in the topic was great with participants asking plenty of questions, which then led on to a lively discussion. How do I protect my software? Can I patent a program? When is an...

12.03.2019 | Partners and initiatives, IP news

Counterfeit goods – watch out when bargain hunting!

Online shopping is very popular among Swiss consumers. However, not everything delivered to Switzerland is necessarily legal. The 2018 Customs Statistics from the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) indicate an increase in the past year in consignments seized from both tourist and commercial traffic. However, the number of counterfeit goods ordered online and delivered by post or courier is also...

12.03.2019 | IP news

EPO Report – Switzerland has the most patent applications per inhabitant

In its Annual Report 2018, the European Patent Office (EPO) has published statistics on patent applications originating from Switzerland. A record number of patent applications were filed from Switzerland in the past year. “With regard to patents, Switzerland demonstrated very significant growth in 2018,” said EPO President António Campinos. According to the report, Switzerland is the country...

12.03.2019 | ip-search

Fields of technology defined by IPI patent experts now available in PatentSight

Users of the patent analysis platform PatentSight can now avail of 10 of the future-oriented technology fields defined by our experts. These contain patent information on specific topics such as smart cities, blockchain, machine learning and autonomous driving. We are proud that some of our technology fields have been integrated into one of the world’s top analysis platforms for patent...

26.02.2019 | IPI

Barbara Hübscher Schmuki has been elected to the IPI’s Institute Council

At its meeting on 13 February 2019, the Institute Council elected Barbara Hübscher Schmuki as General Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), with effect from 1 March 2019. She was also elected to the Institute Council of the IPI. In the role of General Secretary of the FDJP and member of the Institute Council, she succeeds Matthias Ramsauer, who transferred to the...

19.02.2019 | Conference

A patent analysis offers a glimpse into the digital future – specialist lecture at «Patente 2019» in Munich

With the theme ‘IP is future’, the 21st leading event for practical IP management «Patente 2019» will take place from 25-26 February 2019 in Munich. At the event, top-level IP experts will illustrate how to carry out effective, sustainable and cost-conscious IP work. On the first day of the event, Dr. Jochen Spuck, Business Development Manager of ip-search, will give a lecture on what the patent...

15.02.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Young researchers are ready for the world of intellectual property

In January, participants in the Swiss Youth in Science national competition presented their entries to subject matter experts in Lugano, Bern and Lausanne, in the hope of qualifying for the final. The jury has since made its selection – 125 young people and 105 projects have reached the final, which will take place in Rapperswil from 2 - 4 May 2019. Investing in the future Given that their...

14.02.2019 | Media release, Trade Marks

More than half a million trade marks in Switzerland

Almost 1 ,000 trade marks were applied for at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) in 2018. As a result, there are now more than 500 000 trade marks in force for the first time in Switzerland. Registering a trade mark protects companies from free-riders, although trade marks are not the only thing that companies and private individuals can apply to register. This is also...

11.02.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Innosuisse and the IPI — a partnership for Swiss innovation

SMEs and start-ups should be provided with the best conditions to make their innovations economically viable. This is the incentive for a collaboration between the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. The Assisted Patent Search is at the heart of the collaboration between Innosuisse and the IPI. Recipients of Innosuisse funding can...

22.01.2019 | ip-search

Webinar on the technology fields

ip-search has defined 10 specific fields of technology as being the most cutting edge. These contain patent information on technologies such as blockchain, smart cities and robotics. The fields are intended as filters when first becoming familiar with patent searches and analyses. They are available to all users in PatentSight. Dr. Jochen Spuck will explain how these technology fields have...

13.12.2018 | Law and policy

Successful interregional collaboration in the field of patents and health

Switzerland introduced two proposals concerning the field of patents and health, together with Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Canada, to the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). Both proposals were taken up in the committee's Work Program on 6 December, resulting in a successful interregional collaboration between countries with frequently opposing stances in the...

11.12.2018 | Partners and initiatives

Getting a head start – CEO at 18

At Young Enterprise Switzerland (YES), some young people have started their own mini-company and in doing so, have learned how to create value by protecting their own creations. Following the initial phase of the programme, which began in August and dealt with founding the mini-company, start-up capital and the business plan, the mini-companies are now presenting their products at Christmas...

10.12.2018 | IPI

The 2017/18 Annual Report is online

Find out what the IPI did in the 2017/18 business year. The new Annual Report gives you an overview of the IPI year and explains why the IPI is playing a key role in maintaining and developing trade mark law. The photographs illustrate basic aspects of patentability by showing important achievements from an era that was completely dominated by the digital breakthrough. We wish you an enjoyable and...

29.11.2018 | Conference

ip-search at London IP Week

The next London IP Week is taking place from 10 to 12 December 2018 at multiple locations throughout London. At this interactive IP summit, IP specialists and decision-makers from technology-driven companies will be focusing on the newest trends in the world of intellectual property at various events and conferences.ip-search will be present as an exhibitor and, on the second day of the event, as...

21.11.2018 | Partners and initiatives

BioInnovation Day in Geneva – the IPI awards prizes for inventions

Researchers and start-ups presented a total of 36 innovations to potential investors, industry representatives and technology transfer experts at the Campus Biotech on 15 November. “We are very pleased with how the event went,” says Karolina Niewola, the person in charge of organising BioInnovation Day at the University of Geneva. With 182 participants, the event attracted similar interest as the...

16.11.2018 | Patents

Revised guidelines for the substantive examination of national patent applications effective 1 January 2019

The new guidelines for the substantive examination of national patent applications will come into effect on 1 January 2019.From this date, those carrying out paediatric studies for medicinal products can request at the IPI an extension to a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) or, if no conventional SPC exists, a paediatric SPC. The IPI has therefore integrated the relevant legislative...

15.11.2018 | Event

The secret heroes: SMEs as drivers of innovation

Are only start-ups innovative? Do SMEs run out of ideas? At the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is hosting a breakout session on this topic. On 22 November, the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) will take place in Basel. Once again, the main partner is the IPI. The motto of this year’s event is “Surprise” – the key to innovation and growth....

09.11.2018 | IPI

Children visit the IPI on National Future Day

Eleven girls and boys visited the IPI on Switzerland’s National Future Day to get a fascinating glimpse into the world of work of their parents. We wanted to find out what they would invent themselves. On 8 November, children got to know the IPI and take a look into the world of trade marks, patents and designs as part of Switzerland’s National Future Day. Following the welcome at 8.30am,...

08.11.2018 | ip-search, IPI

15 years of ip-search

The IPI has now been providing patent and trade mark searches for more than thirty years. But in November 2003, following a steady growth in demand for professionally prepared bases for decisions on trade marks and patents, the IPI decided to give its services its own name and platform in the form of “ip-search”. ip-search stands not only for premium quality patent and trade mark searches, but...

08.11.2018 | IPI, Media release

Two new IPI executive board members

The Institute Council of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) has appointed Jürgen Horwath and Iwan Guler as new members of the IPI Executive Board. Mr Guler, whose appointment comes into effect in April 2019, follows in the footsteps of Ueli Buri, who has been selected as the new Data Protection Commissioner of the Canton of Bern. Jürgen Horwath will become an executive...

05.11.2018 | IP news

Counterfeiting exhibition extended

The exhibition at the Swiss Customs Museum on counterfeiting and piracy has been a great success. As a result, it is to be extended for a further year in 2019. The Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria in Ticino is closing its doors until next April for the winter season. But in doing so, it has also taken stock of the most recent season: according to the Federal Customs Administration,...

22.10.2018 | Law and policy, Patents

Granting of supplementary protection certificates

In response to the Federal Supreme Court decision 4A_576/2017 of 11 June 2018, the IPI is changing the practice for granting supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).It is no longer essential that the product to be protected falls within the scope of protection of the basic patent (as in Federal Supreme Court decision 124 III 375 “Fosinopril”); instead, it is essential that the product is...

15.10.2018 | IP news

Who has the most beautiful design?

Even a door lock or a radiator can look chic: the jury of the DesignEuropa Awards announced the eight finalists for the award ceremony in November. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) will host the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 on 27 November in Warsaw. Its jury has now presented four finalists for each of the two categories. “Industry Award” Category ·         Modular...

21.09.2018 | Patents, Designs

Keep up to date with the new «Patents and Designs» newsletter

In our new newsletter we will inform you several times a year about the latest news and provide valuable information from the fields of patents and designs.A topic of focus will be the gradual introduction of the electronic IP rights administration system. With the introduction of electronic administration, the IPI has modernised its internal processes, which in future will open up new...

21.09.2018 | Law and policy, Media release

Revisions to Patents Act as per 1 January 2019

A partial revision to the Patents Act and its implementing provisions will come into force together with an ordinary revision of the Therapeutic Products Act on 1 January 2019. This was decided by the Federal Council at its meeting on 21 September 2018 (Media release of 21 September 2018 in German/French/Italian).The partial revision introduces the following improvements for medical personnel,...

21.09.2018 | Law and policy

Information event on the revised Patents Act for experts and practitioners

An information event will take place at the IPI on 16 October 2018 on the changes to patent law that will come into force on 1 January 2019. The IPI will present the new procedures for the ‘paediatric extension’, while Swissmedic representatives and the pharmaceutical industry will highlight other aspects that should be considered in practice. There will also be the possibility to discuss together...

20.07.2018 | IP news

Switzerland is world champion of innovation again

In the Global Innovation Index 2018, Switzerland’s performance is outstanding. Our country ranks first in global and European rankings. Good ideas therefore pay off. “Who invented it?” Switzerland enjoys an excellent international reputation when it comes to innovations, and this is reflected once more in figures. In a comparison between 126 countries, Switzerland has defended its top position...

20.07.2018 | IP news, Patents

Pilot project for a collaboration of the five largest patent offices with search and examination of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications

On 1 July 2018, the operative phase of a joint pilot project of the five largest patent offices of the world (IP5) to test a collaboration on search and examination work of PCT applications (Collaborative Search and Examination, CS&E) began. This CS&E concept involves processing the same PCT application by an examiner from the patent office responsible under the PCT together with examination...

06.07.2018 | IPI

The founding of the sic! Foundation for intellectual property, information and competition law.

sic! – the journal for intellectual property, information and fair competition law has been published since 1997 and is an indispensable journal for the professional community. It is financed by the IPI and the Swiss International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI Switzerland) as well as 14 other professional organisations. Its content is the responsibility of an...

25.06.2018 | IPI

The IPI reports first success against misuse of “Swissness”

Since 1 January 2017, the IPI has been actively combating misuse of “Swissness” in Switzerland and abroad. The cooperation of the business community and the authorities is making an impact, with the IPI successfully intervening in 287 cases in 2017 at home and abroad. A review of the enforcement of «Swissness» in 2017Overview of the enforcement of “Swissness” by the IPI

08.06.2018 | IP news

Winners of the European Inventor Award 2018 announced: The Swiss physicist Ursula Keller receives lifetime achievement award

On 7 June in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the EPA announced the Winners of the European Inventor Award 2018. The Swiss physicist Prof. Ursula Keller received the prize for her invention of the ultra-fast laser pulses.

06.06.2018 | ip-search, IPI

ip-search at the PATINFO 2018

From 13 to 15 June 2018, the 40th PATINFO will take place in Ilmenau, Germany. Under this year’s theme “IP Search – Impact on Competition”, service providers, patent attorneys, and industry and patent office representatives will discuss the latest developments and trends at the largest German-speaking patent information conference. The IPI will again be present this year with an exhibition stand...

31.05.2018 | Law and policy, Media release

Better international protection for Swiss quality products

Georgia and Switzerland have today signed a bilateral agreement on the mutual protection of their geographical indications and the indication of source Switzerland. The agreement protects well-known Swiss indications and thus contributes to the preservation of the reputation of Swiss quality products over the long term. “Geographical indications and indications of source are an important marketing...

29.05.2018 | Partners and initiatives

The start-up grüengahts wins the IPI’s IP Management Award 2018

The association YOUNG ENTREPRISES SWITZERLAND (YES), which is co-sponsored by the IPI, connects schools with the Swiss economy. At the annual national competition, school teams set up their own mini-company. There are awards for various aspects, which the teams can choose as the focus of their work. The IPI bestows the IP Management Award to the start-up that deals most convincingly with the topic...

28.05.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/05 in GermanNewsletter 2018/05 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

17.05.2018 | IP news

Swiss Biotech Report 2018: The Swiss biotech industry continues to soar due to “world class patents”

The success of the Swiss biotech industry continues. In 2017, the success of recent years could be consolidated and even somewhat surpassed, as the latest statistics in the Swiss Biotech Report show. The report features the most important drivers of innovation and summarises issues and facts about the development of the Swiss biotech industry. The Swiss Biotech Report is compiled annually by a...

04.05.2018 | ip-search

Apply for the Swiss Technology Award 2018

Have you developed an exceptional technology-based innovation? If so, you have the chance to win the coveted Swiss Technology Award 2018. You can apply up until 24 August 2018. The award ceremony will take place approximately in November at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in Basel. You can find more information on the SIF website. The IPI is the main partner of the Swiss Innovation Forum and...

30.04.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/04 in GermanNewsletter 2018/04 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

26.04.2018 | IP news

26 April 2018 – World Intellectual Property Day

Do you have a brilliant idea? Protect it so that you can share it with the world. That is the message of the European video campaign that we want to share with you on World Intellectual Property Day. You can find further information on all matters concerning the protection of intellectual property in our SME-Portal.

25.04.2018 | IP news

Paying tribute to 15 outstanding inventors: European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced

The European Inventor Award 2018 honours ingenious inventors from a wide range of fields from all over the world. This year, Swiss scientist and professor Ursula Keller is among the finalists. She has been nominated for her ultrafast pulsed lasers invention. Vote for your favourite inventors to participate in a prize draw organised by the EPO.

16.04.2018 | IPI

Two new members elected to the Institute Council

On 11 April 2018, the Federal Council elected Peter Walser, with effect from 1 May 2018, and Luc Amgwerd, with effect from 1 July 2018, as new members of the Institute Council of the IPI. Peter Walser is a Swiss and European patent attorney, and has been a partner in a Zurich patent attorney firm for many years. He succeeds Vincenzo Pedrazzini who resigned from the Institute Council at the end...

04.04.2018 | Partners and initiatives

The IPI at the Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva from 11 to 15 April 2018 – win a pair of free entry tickets!

Each year, the International Exhibition of Inventions brings together on average more than 700 exhibitors from 40 countries, with companies, inventors, organisations, as well as private and state institutes exhibiting their inventions. This year, the IPI will again be participating with a stand, so why not stop by and see us? If you take part in our competition by answering a few questions on...

20.03.2018 | IP news

Patent applications from Switzerland rose to a new high in 2017

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published the statistics for patent applications originating from Switzerland in its Annual Report 2017. For the second time, three higher education institutions (EPFL, ETH and the University of Zurich) were among the top 20 Swiss applicants. The company Roche, however, remains the most active patent applicant. The canton of Vaud is again the canton with the...

07.03.2018 | Patents, Event

Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich

You are invited to attend our info event on 11 April 2018 at Hotel St. Gotthard in Zurich, where we will share information on the variety of ways in which strategic patent analyses can be used in the daily management of patents.This event, which will be held in German, is aimed at patent attorneys from industry and private practice as well as any other interested persons. You can find further...

06.03.2018 | Designs

The invitation for applications for the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 is open!

After the huge success of the first edition in 2016, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is organising a second edition of the DesignEuropa Awards. Applications are open to individuals and companies that have brought an outstanding design product onto the market with the aid of a registered Community design - an IP right that is registered with the EUIPO and is valid...

05.03.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/02-03 in GermanNewsletter 2018/02-03 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

14.02.2018 | Event

Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?

On 1 February 2018, we at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property held discussions on innovation, availability and affordability of medical products with a variety of selected stakeholders. The panelists had discussions on how innovation can address various types of diseases and on what is needed to make sure, innovation will not only be available but also affordable for patients. For...

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30.01.2018 | Trade Marks

The latest edition of the Trade Mark Newsletter is online

Our newsletter (available in German and French) provides up-to-date information from the IPI's trade mark division,  in particular  on developments in trade mark practice. You can read the current edition here: Newsletter 2018/01 in GermanNewsletter 2018/01 in French Would you like to subscribe free of charge to this or other newsletters? Then register here to keep up to date.  

26.01.2018 | Partners and initiatives

The International Swiss Talent Forum 2018 drafts ideas for the city of the future. The IPI is involved as a sponsor.

In an age of rapidly growing populations, how can urban areas be sustainably developed? At the 7th International Swiss Talent Forum (ISTF) from 17 – 20 February 2018 in Thun, 70 talented youths from across Europe will search for solutions to the challenges of the urban areas of the future.  As a sponsor of the forum, which is organised by Swiss Youth in Science, the IPI pitches one of the...

05.01.2018 | IPI

Annual Report 2016/2017 is now online

Find out what has been making news in the IPI during the 2016/2017 business year. The latest annual report provides an overview of activities at the IPI, and shows why the credibility of intellectual property is a cornerstone of our prosperity. The photographs illustrate basic aspects of the practice of trade mark protection. We hope you enjoy reading it!

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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 the...

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 EUIPO,...

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.

13.11.2017 | Law and policy, Patents

A patent database that serves public health

Pat-INFORMED is the name of the most recent initiative which WIPO launched on 3 October 2017 in Geneva at the WIPO annual general meeting in cooperation with the research-based pharmaceutical industry.According to the Media Release from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) the Pat-INFORMED database will be made publicly available mid-2018. The aim of...

29.09.2017 | Media release, Law and policy

Monitoring Office for Technological Measures to be transferred to the IPI

On 1 January 2018, the Monitoring Office for Technological Measures (OTM) will be transferred to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). The Federal Council adapted the Copyright Ordinance accordingly at its meeting of 29 September 2017. Media release in German, French, Italian (pdf)

26.09.2017 | Patents

The IPI will start classifying Swiss patent documents in accordance with the Cooperative Patent Classification System from December 2017

From December 2017, the IPI will classify Swiss patent documents (i.e. patent applications and patent specifications) according to the Cooperative Patent Classification System (CPC) in addition to the Classification according to the International Patent Classification (IPC). The first documents will be published on 15 December.The CPC is the joint classification system of the European Patent...

24.08.2017 | Partners and initiatives

Swiss Innovation Forum and Swiss Technology Award 2017

The IPI will again present itself this year as a main partner at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) from 16 November 2017 in Basel. The SIF provides a national platform for the promotion of innovation, creativity and design in Switzerland. Also taking place at this event will be the Swiss Technology Award and the MassChallenge Ceremony. You can find more information about the programme and both...

14.08.2017 | IP news

Propose your candidate for the European Inventor Award 2018!

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2018 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds. People from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public, are all welcome to make a suggestion. You can even nominate yourself if you want!

14.08.2017 | Patents

Propose your candidate for the European Inventor Award 2018!

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2018 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds. People from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public, are all welcome to make a suggestion. You can even nominate yourself if you want!

28.07.2017 | Event, Patents

Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office

A presentation on «Patenting procedures relating to the pharmaceutical field» will be held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) on 7 September 2017. Patent examiners from the European Patent Office and the IPI will be on hand along with a judge from the Federal Patent Court, a patent attorney from a solicitor’s office, and a patent attorney from a large corporation to...

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 granted...

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...

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...

31.01.2017 | 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.

24.01.2017 | Patents

EPO/IGE Public Event – Patenting of watch technologies

Patenting practice in the field of watch technology has its own challenges. A half-day public event jointly organized by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will allow gaining some insight into these challenges.The event will take place at the IPI on 15 September 2016. Patent examiners from both offices, Tobias Bremi from the Swiss...

24.01.2017 | Patents

EPO/IGE Public Event – Patenting of watch technologies

Patenting practice in the field of watch technology has its own challenges. A half-day public event jointly organized by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will allow gaining some insight into these challenges.The event will take place at the IPI on 15 September 2016. Patent examiners from both offices, Tobias Bremi from the Swiss...

24.01.2017 | Training

Lecture series ip@6 debate 30.11.2016: "Is copyright still modern?”

The globalisation of law is not leaving copyright untouched. The traditional author-centred approach is increasingly being replaced by considerations that look at society as a whole, as in how Anglo-American copyright is, at least, theoretically based. Read more and registration DateWednesday, 30 November 2016 at 18:15 (lasts approx. 75 minutes)(From ca. 19:30, there will be some light...

02.12.2016 | Media release

Modernisation of copyright law generally welcomed

On 2 December 2016, the Federal Council acknowledged the results of the consultation on the partial revision of the Copyright Act (CopA). The report on the results shows that modernising copyright law is generally welcomed although views on the course to take diverge widely. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) is therefore currently carrying out a review and will submit a proposal...