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15.06.2022 | Trade Marks, Partners and initiatives

The IPI’s IP Management Award goes to Pettastic!

Pettastic has won the IPI’s IP Management Award 2022. The mini-enterprise engaged with the protection of intellectual property most intensively over the course of the Young Enterprise Switzerland (YES) one-year Company Programme. The company makes phone cases from recycled PET. Read the whole story in our blog

24.05.2022 | Patents, Trade Marks

A strategy for success – how a Swiss start-up protects its inventions

The topic of meat substitutes is on everyone's lips here in Switzerland, as in many countries. At the forefront of Swiss manufacturers in this field is the start-up Planted, whose success is partly due to its systematic protection of intellectual property. Read the whole story in our blog.

18.05.2022 | Media release, IPI

Federal Council adopts strategic objectives for Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property

On 18 May 2022, the Federal Council adopted the strategic objectives for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) for the years 2022 to 2026. To boost innovation and competitiveness, the IPI has been tasked with promoting appropriate, economically viable protection of intellectual property in Switzerland in future too. For further information: Federal Council's media release...

17.05.2022 | Patents, Trade Marks, Law and policy, Designs

Termination of the Agreement between Switzerland and Germany on Reciprocal Protection for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

By means of notices dated 30 April and 29 December 2021, Germany terminated the Agreement of 13 April 1892 between Switzerland and Germany on Reciprocal Protection for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (SR 0.232.149.136). This decision follows a judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union dated 22 October 2020 (joined cases C-720/18 and C-721/18) in which the court ruled that the above...

16.05.2022 | Partners and initiatives

International success for Swiss Youth in Science competitor

Swiss Youth in Science competitor Noa Sendlhofer has notched up a fantastic achievement. The 20-year-old ranked second in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines category at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2022 (ISEF) in Atlanta on 14 May. His project was on the ‘Development and Construction of a Low-Cost Six-Axis Robot Arm’. This recognition places the young Swiss...

11.05.2022 | Event, IPI

Conference on intellectual property law – industrial data sharing, 7 June 2022

Join us for our next IP conference on the afternoon of 7 June (CET). The topic is industrial data sharing, with the following top speakers: Prof. Alain Strowel, UCLouvain CRIDES & Université Saint-Louis, Brussels Prof. Christiane Wendehorst, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna Prof. Dev Gangjee, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC),...

03.05.2022 | Patents, Media release

Swiss Biotech Report 2022 shows sector again performs exceptionally at all levels

During 2021, Switzerland’s life sciences sector again played a major role in combating the COVID pandemic with two Swiss based companies developing in partnerships effective Covid-specific therapeutics (Humabs BioMed/Vir Biotechnology and Molecular Partners/Novartis). In addition, Swiss life science companies also continued their work developing innovative solutions for other high unmet medical...

20.04.2022 | Partners and initiatives, IPI

World IP Day – celebrating young innovators

The inventiveness of our young people is the focus of World IP Day today, 26 April 2022. They are the innovators, creators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The IPI has been committed to youth innovation projects and raising young people’s awareness of intellectual property for years. Dorian Jouilé from France has successfully turned CO2 into a resource. Raquel Serrano Lledó explains in this video...

14.04.2022 | Patents, Event, IPI

EPO/IPI - invitation to a free public online seminar on patenting topics in green tech

Following positive experiences with earlier events of this type in 2016 (“watch technology”), 2017 (“pharmaceuticals”) and 2019 (“computer implemented inventions”), the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and the European Patent Office are pleased to invite you to a public seminar on patenting issues in the area of “Green Tech”, with particular focus on “battery storage” and on...

05.04.2022 | Patents, Media release, IPI

Patent applications in Europe reach record level in 2021 despite pandemic

The European Patent Office (EPO) received 188 600 applications in 2021, up 4.5% on the previous year and the highest number to date. The EPO’s Patent Index 2021, published today, shows that patent filings rebounded significantly last year after a slight dip in 2020 (-0.6%). The number of patent applications – an early indicator of companies’ investments in research and development – increased in...