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02.12.2016 | Media release

Harmonisation of procedures before the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and new Fee Ordinance

On 2 December 2016, the Federal Council adopted amendments to the Trade Mark Ordinance, the Design Ordinance and the Patent Ordinance. These amendments harmonise procedures before the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) to the extent permitted by applicable law. This is to simplify the system. The Federal Council has, at the same time, approved the formal total revision of...

23.11.2016 | Media release

Strengthening “Swiss Made” for cosmetics: new "Swiss Made" Ordinance comes into force on 1.1.2017

The Federal Council approved the "Swiss Made" Ordinance for Cosmetics at its meeting on 23 November 2016. This strengthens the good reputation of the “Swiss Made” brand for cosmetics as well as Switzerland as a location for research and production. The ordinance enters into force on 1 January 2017. More information. Media release in German / French / Italian

05.07.2016 | ip-search

Streamlined opposition procedure at the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) introduced a new practice for opposition procedures on 1 July 2016 with the aim of shortening such proceedings. It has optimised its internal workflows so that the total time needed for a decision in straightforward cases is reduced to 15 months, calculated as from expiry of the opposition period. This new practice continues to respect the general principles...

31.05.2016 | ip-search

The latest on the unitary patent – a conference in Munich

On 7 July 2016, a one-day conference is taking place at the headquarters of the European Patent Office on the current status of the European patent with unitary effect (also known as the unitary patent or UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). At the conference, you can find out about the preparatory work already completed, the ongoing ratification in the member states and the implications for...

17.05.2016 | IP news

Federal Council publishes report on resale rights

The introduction of a resale right would allow visual artists to receive a share of the proceeds from the resale of their works through art dealers. The Federal Council today adopted a report on this subject, which fulfils a postulate from Council of States member Luginbühl. The report presents various possibilities for the resale right and analyses the economic impact of its introduction. Media...

03.11.2015 |

Patent intelligence – lecture at the IP Service World 2015

Patent landscape analyses give an insight into new fields of technology. They help to identify research priorities and patenting activities in a field of technology, making them a useful tool for research managers, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors and even policy makers.At the IP Service World 2015, Dr. Jochen Spuck, ip-search’s Head of Product Development, explains how patent landscape...

30.10.2015 |

WIPO’s ‘Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports’ – the basis for patent landscape analyses

A patent landscape analysis helps to take fundamental strategic decisions by analysing patenting activities and highlighting key areas of development. They are therefore a useful tool for development managers, entrepreneurs, investors as well as for policy makers and promoters of innovation.The WIPO has published guidelines on creating and using patent landscapes with the aim of setting a quality...

14.10.2015 |

ip-search invites IP professionals to the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern

ip search is inviting its customers to an exchange of ideas in the Zentrum Paul Klee.We have recently revised the structure and functionality or our search reports, and would like to take this opportunity to show you how you can efficiently use our reports to analyse your freedom to operate.This event is taking place on the morning of 18 November 2015. After lunch, there will also be the...

14.10.2015 | ip-search

Patent searches as aids in product development

When Gyro Gearloose has a problem, he puzzles and tinkers until a functional technical masterpiece is standing in his workshop. Afterwards, the neighbours are amazed at its practical benefits.The starting point of any innovation is the vision. However, is it worth blindly realising an idea for a product without looking beyond the workbench or the lab? Developing a product right up until it is...

02.10.2015 |

ip-search @ the Medtech&Pharma Platform

Medical cluster is a business network of the Swiss medical technology sector. Their Annual Conference 2015 focuses on combining therapeutic and diagnostic procedures adapted to the individual patient. Regulatory aspects concerning new combinations of active ingredients, personalised medicine and e-Health form the key topics.The Institute of Intellectual Property will be represented at the...

25.09.2015 |

EPO Patent Information Conference 2015

From 10 to 12 November 2015, the European Patent Organisation (EPO) will be hosting the annual Patent Information Conference in Copenhagen. In plenary sessions and seminars, strategies and tools for the effective and profitable use of patent information will be introduced and discussed: How can information be linked meaningfully? How can quality be created and recognised in patent searches? ...

17.09.2015 | ip-search

London IP Summit: ip-search souligne l'importance de la haute qualité des informations brevets

IP managers, decision-makers and investors will be gathering at the London IP Summit to share information and ideas on innovation, management, IP monetisation and IP strategies. Here, you can find out the latest trends regarding the importance of patents and trade marks for innovative product development and the strategic alignment of your company in the market. Investments are only made in...

16.09.2015 |

Lecture series ip@6 with Philippe Baechtold "PCT - Developments, challenges and perspectives" - Bern, 13.10.2015

More than 200,000 international registrations are filed every year under the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty). This makes the PCT a unique instrument for protecting innovation. The PCT also generates more than three-quarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s income, making it of great significance not only for users but for the WIPO member states as well. Even though the PCT...

02.09.2015 | Media release

The Federal Council approves the 'Swissness' legislative amendment and opens the consultation procedure on a draft for an amendment to the 'Swiss Made' Ordinance for Watches

The Federal Council carried out Parliament's mandate on Wednesday and approved the implementing ordinances for the 'Swissness' legislative amendment. In doing so, the Federal Council has fully utilised the legal framework available. It has taken into consideration the legitimate concerns of the industries concerned as well as all substantive recommendations made by the parliamentary committees...

07.08.2015 |

Congress STOP PIRACY on “Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – How can I effectively protect myself from counterfeiting and piracy?” 03.09.2015, Neuchâtel

Product Piracy is a global problem and concerns every industrial sector. Today especially small and medium sized enterprises that have earned their place on the market by being especially innovative and creative are affected by it. On 3 September 2015 STOP PIRACY and the  Pôle de propriété intellectuelle et de l’innovation [PI]² of the University of Neuchâtel are conducting  a congress on “Best...

14.07.2015 |

Swiss Innovation Forum and Swiss Technology Award 2015 –<br />IPI as main partner

The IPI is supporting the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) as a main partner. The Swiss Innovation Forum is a national initiative for the targeted promotion of innovation, creativity and design, initiated and supported by the the Swiss Economic Forum. The training and networking platform is aimed at innovative entrepreneurs as well as key decision makers from industry, science, research, education and...

03.07.2015 | Media release

Catherine Chammartin to become new Director General of the Institute of Intellectual Property

The Federal Council appointed Catherine Chammartin as the new Director General of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) on Wednesday. She will take up her post on 1 November 2015. Medienmitteilung (pdf, 18 KB)Communiqué de presse (pdf, 124 KB)Comunicato stampa (pdf, 124 KB)

16.06.2015 | ip-search

Publication of the study on the potential for optimising the Swiss national patent system

Even though the Swiss patent system has stood the test of time over the years, it is worthwhile reviewing from time to time to ensure that it still meets the requirements of a rapidly changing framework. Two economic consulting companies therefore addressed this issue under the mandate of the IPI, and have made recommendations accordingly."The potential for optimising the Swiss national patent...

15.06.2015 | Media release

The Institute of Intellectual Property financially supports the participation of indigenous peoples at a WIPO seminar in June 2015

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is financing the participation of indigenous peoples at a seminar of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The seminar aims to serve as a platform for the direct transfer of information and knowledge on the subjects of intellectual property, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, with participation aiming to...

12.06.2015 | ip-search

SMEs and protecting innovations

Companies are frequently confronted with a variety of problems. By the time an SME thinks about protecting its intellectual property, however, it’s often too late. Felix Addor, deputy director general of the IPI, takes a stand on this issue in an interview published on the federal administration's SME portal.The IPI’s platform ,Envisioned. Created. Protected., provides relevant information to...

12.06.2015 | IPI

SMEs and protecting innovations

Companies are frequently confronted with a variety of problems. By the time an SME thinks about protecting its intellectual property, however, it’s often too late. Felix Addor, deputy director general of the IPI, takes a stand on this issue in an interview published on the federal administration's SME portal.The IPI’s platform ,Envisioned. Created. Protected., provides relevant information to...

11.06.2015 |

Intellectual property at Swiss Medtech Day 2015

Medical Cluster, a network of Swiss medical technology sector professionals, is organising Swiss Medtech Day at the Kursaal Bern on 17 June 2015. Plenary sessions and workshops will be dedicated not only to the importance of cooperating with global players from the perspective of an SME-heavy Swiss medical technology sector, but also to fostering creativity to create innovation.The Institute of...

11.06.2015 |

Intellectual property at Swiss Medtech Day 2015

Medical Cluster, a network of Swiss medical technology sector professionals, is organising Swiss Medtech Day at the Kursaal Bern on 17 June 2015. Plenary sessions and workshops will be dedicated not only to the importance of cooperating with global players from the perspective of an SME-heavy Swiss medical technology sector, but also to fostering creativity to create innovation.The Institute of...

10.06.2015 |

New internet presence - your opinion counts

The Institute of Intellectual Property is planning to substantially revise the www.ipi.ch and www.ip-search.ch websites. The aim is to present our information and services tailored to customers’ needs in a more up-to-date way. •    What bothers you as a user of our websites?•    Which website sections would you definitely not miss?•    Who has a better website solution in your opinion?Your opinion...

10.06.2015 |

ip-search at the PATINFO 2015

ip-search will be at this year’s PATINFO 2015 in Ilmenau (Thüringen) to present itself as a competent search service provider that listens to individual customer needs. Taking place from 10 to 12 June, the theme of this year's event is dedicated to the topic: "IP: cooperation, competition, confrontation”. As an experienced service provider, we know that reliable patent information is the...

03.06.2015 | Patents

Publication of the study on the potential for optimising the Swiss national patent system

Even though the Swiss patent system has stood the test of time over the years, it is worthwhile reviewing from time to time to ensure that it still meets the requirements of a rapidly changing framework. Two economic consulting companies therefore addressed this issue under the mandate of the IPI, and have made recommendations accordingly. Further information.

22.05.2015 | Law and policy

Negotiators approve revision of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva: Signing the final Act at an official ceremony on 21 May 2015, delegates concluded the diplomatic conference and 10 days of intense negotiations to revise the Lisbon Agreement which provides for the protection and international registration of appellations of origin. In honour of the venue of the diplomatic conference, the now revised version...

21.05.2015 | ip-search

Decommissioning of the PCT-EASY functionality

From 1 July 2015, it will no longer be possible to file PCT applications in PCT-EASY mode.All PCT applications submitted on paper together with a copy in electronic form on or after 1 July 2015 will be treated as a PCT application in paper format. The fee reduction (CHF 100.00) will no longer apply for such applications. The IPI therefore draws attention to the possibility of filing online via...

21.05.2015 | IP news

Decommissioning of the PCT-EASY functionality

From 1 July 2015, it will no longer be possible to file PCT applications in PCT-EASY mode.All PCT applications submitted on paper together with a copy in electronic form on or after 1 July 2015 will be treated as a PCT application in paper format. The fee reduction (CHF 100.00) will no longer apply for such applications. The IPI therefore draws attention to the possibility of filing online via...

11.05.2015 |

Lecture series ip@6: Panel discussion with Sara Stalder, Peter Münch, Claude Sutter and Jürg Herren "The fight against counterfeiting" - Bern, 26.05.2015

Anyone whose products stand out from the ordinary and everyday has always been a target of plagiarists and illegitimate users. Counterfeiters try to copy the characteristics, materials or look of an original or legally-protected product in order to benefit from the reputation of the genuine article, which is based on a trade mark, an indication of source (such as 'Swiss Made'), a design or a...

06.05.2015 |

European Inventor Award 2015 finalists

Every year, the European Patent Office honours outstanding inventors. The public award ceremony of the European Inventor Award 2015 will take place on 11 June in Paris. The finalists of this year's qualifying round have been chosen. For each of the five inventor awards in the categories of industry, SME, research, non-European entry and lifetime achievement, three finalists are portrayed. Andreas...

06.05.2015 |

European Inventor Award 2015 finalists

Every year, the European Patent Office honours outstanding inventors. The public award ceremony of the European Inventor Award 2015 will take place on 11 June in Paris. The finalists of this year's qualifying round have been chosen. For each of the five inventor awards in the categories of industry, SME, research, non-European entry and lifetime achievement, three finalists are portrayed. Andreas...

15.04.2015 | IP news

Swiss Biotech Report 2015

The Swiss Biotech Report 2015 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.More information about...

23.01.2015 |

Presentation at the PIUG 2015 Biotechnology Conference in San Francisco

The theme of this year's biotechnology conference of the Patent Information User Group (PIUG), an international network for patent information specialists, is maximising value in biotechnology searching using the newest technologies and trends. In his presentation at the conference, Prof. Heinz Müller, a patent expert at the IPI, will delve into the opportunities and risks in creating and...

21.01.2015 | ip-search

Gaining a strategic edge with a well-founded patent landscape analysis

Analysing patent statistics can be a valuable tool for recognising technological trends and the technological leadership of individual market participants, and for monitoring them in the medium term too. Such statistics go beyond purely quantifying the number of filed patent applications in that they create knowledge with strategic value.Two reports published at the end of 2014 show how...

17.11.2014 |

New internet presence - your opinion counts

The Institute of Intellectual Property is planning to substantially revise the www.ipi.ch and www.ip-search.ch websites. The aim is to present our information and services tailored to customers’ needs in a more up-to-date way. •    What bothers you as a user of our websites?•    Which website sections would you definitely not miss?•    Who has a better website solution in your opinion?Your opinion...

17.11.2014 | IPI

New internet presence - your opinion counts

The Institute of Intellectual Property is planning to substantially revise the www.ipi.ch and www.ip-search.ch websites. The aim is to present our information and services tailored to customers’ needs in a more up-to-date way. What bothers you as a user of our websites?Which website sections would you definitely not miss?Who has a better website solution in your opinion? Your opinion is...

21.10.2014 | ip-search

STOP PIRACY Awareness Campaign

Smiling at us from the billboard is the typical family next door. But by buying fake products, the fiction-al Flückinger family is investing in a business that gives rise to a great number of victims.Anyone who, like the Flückigers, buys counterfeit goods often isn't aware that they are subsidising criminal organisations. The non-profit association STOP PIRACY is therefore engaged in raising...

02.09.2014 | ip-search

Minor updates to the Swiss Patent Examination Guidelines

Minor updates have recently been made to the patent examination guidelines applicable at the Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property. An erratum at the end of the document lists the changes made. The adapted version of the guidelines is now available online (available in German and French only / pdf 1300 kB).

01.09.2014 | Patents

Minor updates to the Patent Examination Guidelines

Minor updates have recently been made to the patent examination guidelines. An erratum at the end of the document lists the changes made.The adapted version of the guidelines is now available online (available in German and French only (pdf 1300 KB)

01.09.2014 | Media release

Agreement on geographical indications between Switzerland and Jamaica enters into force

The agreement between Switzerland and Jamaica on the protection of geographical indications (GIs) enters into force today. It improves protection for designations such as Emmental, Gruyère and Switzerland as well as the Swiss cross and the cantonal coats of arms. For further information, please see the press release.

25.08.2014 | Law and policy

Demonstration projects in the field of health research and development

These projects aim at developing health technologies (medicines, diagnostics, medical devices, etc.) for diseases that disproportionally affect developing countries and for which there are gaps in research and development due to market failure. The projects aim to highlight the effectiveness of alternative, innovative and sustainable approaches to financing and coordination. For more...

07.08.2014 | Law and policy

Audit of supervision of the collecting societies

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (EFK) conducted an audit of the IPI’s supervision of the collecting societies in February 2014. The audit report, published in July 2014, gives the IPI a good report card. But it also includes four recommendations for action. Report (in German)Summary (in German)

07.08.2014 | Law and policy

New advance in collective rights management for copyrights

The interpellation Quadri 12.3396 - Der Auftrag der Suisa an die Yacast schadet der schweizerischen Musikproduktion (‘Suisa’s contract to Yacast damages Swiss music production’) was submitted during the Spring session 2014. It involves the automatic reporting of works of music played in clubs and discos.

02.07.2014 | ip-search

EPO presidential mandate extended

Benoît Battistelli will continue to head the European Patent Office (EPO) as president for another three years.  The 63-year old Frenchman received the support of the Administrative Council and, with that, of the delegations from all 38 member states in the European Patent Organisation. EPO announcementPress response (in German)

01.07.2014 | ip-search

Billing of database costs for the European Patent Office's search system

The European Patent Office has changed its billing procedures for charging for the cost of using its search system through national patent offices. This means that as of 1.7.2014, these charges will also be adjusted accordingly for our customers. As of this date, we will charge our customers for the number of database transactions instead of the time spent using the search system as previously....

01.07.2014 | Law and policy

Free Trade Agreement with China

On 1st of July 2014, the bilateral Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and China has entered into force. This treaty contains a chapter dedicated to the protection of intellectual property. For more information.

30.06.2014 | Law and policy, Media release

Better protection for 'Made in Switzerland' and the Swiss cross

The Federal Council began the consultation procedure for the four 'Swissness' implementing regulations on 20 June 2014. See press release (available in German, French and Italian only, pdf 24 KB). These ordinances further specify the improvements adopted by Parliament on protecting the 'Made in Switzerland' designation and the Swiss cross with precise rules and lead to more clarity and legal...

27.06.2014 | Law and policy

Electronic Trade Mark Examination Support Tool: new contents and new functions

Since Tuesday, 24 June 2014, the electronic trade mark examination support tool now contains all geographical indications protected through international treaties in Switzerland. However, as this involves more than 8,000 indications, the international treaties are not displayed in a standard search. To search for protected geographical indications, the 'international treaties' option should...

25.06.2014 | Law and policy, Media release

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of a new cooperation project focusing on intellectual property (press release, pdf 388 KB).

24.06.2014 | Law and policy

Adaptation of the trademark guidelines as of 1st of July 2014

The Institute has revised its trademark guidelines. The revised guidelines come into effect on 1st of July 2014 and are published on the site of the Institute in German, French and Italian.Complete news text in German, French or Italian.

17.06.2014 | ip-search

Patent applicants in favour of the unitary patent

The European patent with unitary effect (more commonly known as the unitary patent) is being welcomed by leading European patent applicants. According to a recently published study, the vast majority of those responsible for patents in companies headquartered in Europe are in favour of the introduction of the European patent.Only a minority are critical that future judges at the Unified Patent...

16.06.2014 | ip-search

DPMA extends opposition period

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has advised that, in addition to other amendments, the period for filing opposition to the grant of a patent in Germany will be extended from three to nine months with the entry into force of the amended Patent Law. Notice from the DPMA on the entry into force of the Act Revising Certain Provisions of Patent Law and Other Acts in the Field of...

13.06.2014 | ip-search

Know what you buy (or sell)

In a company takeover, the transfer of intellectual property such as trade marks, patent rights and licence agreements is also included the business transaction. It's therefore crucial that both parties know how new and innovative the innovations of the company being disposed of are, because only enforceable patents can help to ensure a profitable monopoly position in the long-term and/or...

06.06.2014 | Media release, Law and policy

Modernisation of copyright

The Federal Council is aiming to modernise copyright law and adapt the rights and obligations of creative artists, consumers and providers to the realities of the internet through targeted measures. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will draft a bill for the consultation procedure by the end of 2015. For this draft bill, the FDJP will draw up on recommendations approved by the...

05.06.2014 | ip-search

European Patent Office closes its Swiss correspondent account

The European Patent Office (EPO) currently maintains euro accounts in various member states for the purpose of fee payments. The EPO has recently communicated that it will close its account at the UBS AG Zurich at the end of August 2014. From 1 September 2014, payments to the EPO are to be paid to the following account: IBAN DE20 7008 0000 0333 8800 00BIC DRESDEFF700Commerzbank AGPromenadeplatz...

05.06.2014 | Law and policy

European Patent Office closes its Swiss correspondent account

The European Patent Office (EPO) currently maintains euro accounts in various member states for the purpose of fee payments. The EPO has recently communicated that it will close its account at the UBS AG Zurich at the end of August 2014. From 1 September 2014, payments to the EPO are to be paid to the following account: IBAN DE20 7008 0000 0333 8800 00BIC DRESDEFF700Commerzbank AGPromenadeplatz...

16.05.2014 |

Finalists chosen for the SEF Young Entrepreneur Award 2014

Every year, the Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) presents the SEF Award, the most prestigious Swiss young entrepreneur prize, in the categories of high-tech/biotech, services and production/trade and industry. This year's nine finalists were nominated by a committee of experts together with the support of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI).The respective category winners will be...

17.04.2014 | IP news

Swiss Biotech Report 2014

The Swiss Biotech Report 2014 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.According to the report, the...

14.03.2014 | ip-search

Support for SMEs under China-Switzerland’s Free Trade Agreement

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW has opened a Swiss SME Research Center China in Harbin in the northeast of the People's Republic of China. With the support of the local provincial government, its aim is to provide assistance to SMEs from China and Switzerland in understanding each other's economic systems.ip-search's expert on China is supporting...

04.03.2014 |

ip-search customer event at Hamburg's Kunsthalle

On 9 April 2014, ip-search customers and interested parties are invited to a presentation on the topic of "A patent search for freedom-to-operate analyses" at Hamburg's art museum, the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The presentation will demonstrate the possibilities provided by our freedom to operate search, as well as how you can use the technical definition of the search subject, the integrity of the...

11.02.2014 |

FTO searches in the product development cycle

The German-speaking specialist congress on patents, Patente 2014, will this year be held on 12 and 13 March in Munich. It will tackle the major issues of IP management including how enterprises can globally and sustainably protect their innovative edge and how IP managers can harness the  information available in their company, whether it be for developers or for decision-makers.ip-search will...

04.02.2014 |

ip-search in China

China is emerging as an influential player in the field of patent and utility model filing. Its legal system for enforcing intellectual property rights is currently going through a rapid phase of development and has attracted worldwide attention, not least due to the great global economic implications of its decisions.As part of a sabbatical leave presentation and discussions on international...

24.01.2014 | ip-search

Increasing innovation budgets yet fewer new products

According to the Innovation Survey for Germany by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), the innovation budget in Germany increased by 3.7% to more than 140 billion euros in 2013. This peak is expected to be surpassed by a further 3% in 2014.The overall figures cover a concentration of individual industries, a third of which are attributable to the vehicle industry, another third of...

17.01.2014 | ip-search

Survey of EU citizens concerning the importance of intellectual property

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM - Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the EU) have published their second joint study this year entitled European Citizens and Intellectual Property. Based on surveys of EU citizens concerning the importance of intellectual property with regard to general perception and personal codes of...

15.01.2014 |

Swiss Economic Award 2014 – Register online before 31 January 2014

The Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) promotes the entrepreneurial mindset, connects decision makers from the worlds of business, politics and science, and campaigns for start-up companies.With its Swiss Economic Award, the SEF recognises outstanding start-up companies in the categories of Hightech/Biotech, Services and Production/Trade and Industry. These start-ups, although only founded less than six...