Design searches

Searching in design registers and more

A search helps you to verify the novelty of a design.


In the design database, you can find informatioon about all active and cancelled designs in Switzerland. You can search here by design object, owner or design in specific classes.


You can find the same informatioon in the Swissreg, the IPI's official organ of publication. Swissreg allows you to carry out a targeted search for publications, such as new entries or register changes.

Other national offices, such as the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) as well as interregional organisations such as the European Union Intellectual Property Office  (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) allow you to conduct similar searches in their own registers.


Designview is a practical tool for searching for designs in several countries. It is run by the EUIPO and offers access to the design data of all participating offices, including the data of the DPMA, the EUIPO, the WIPO and the IPI. The information available is purely informative.


Please note that the requirements regarding image reproduction of protected designs vary by country. This means that some designs may be difficult to find. Some design searches may also not be exhaustive for other reasons. New products may be protected anywhere in the world, or not protected as a design at all.

We also recommend keeping an eye on the market, on product exhibitions and on trade literature, as well as doing your own image searches on the internet. Don't hesitate to consult a specialist if necessary.