The Monitoring Office for Technological Measures is the specialist authority of the federal government for determining the effects of technological measures such as access control or copy barriers when using copyrighted content (music, films, etc.)
A copy barrier can, for example, prevent the saving of an audio book on an MP3 device.
The task of the monitoring office is to assess whether the use of technological measures unjustifiably impedes the expressly authorised use of works by law.
In the event of a specific case, a mutually agreeable solution will be developed in cooperation with the parties involved.
The Monitoring Office for Technological Measures is currently evaluating country restrictions, which impede the cross-border portability of content protected by copyright. Such technological measures make it impossible for Swiss users to access subscribed online services abroad.
Monitoring Office for Technological Measures
Telephone +41 31 377 72 59
- Media release in German "Beobachtungsstelle für technische Massnahmen wird ins IGE überführt" (pdf)
- Media release in French: "Transfer de l'Observatoire des mesures techniques à l'IPI" (pdf)
- Media release in Italian: "L'Osservatorio dei provvedimenti tecnici sarà accorpato all'Istituto federale della prorietà intellettuale" (pdf)
21.09.2018 | Law and policy
Information event on the revised Patents Act for experts and practitioners
Visit us from 26 to 29 September 2018 in Berlin at the Annual Conference of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office