For IP professionals
This is the portal for professionals working in the field of intellectual property. Here you'll find direct access to all necessary resources.
- Trade Mark Database
- Register changes for trade marks
- Madrid Monitor
- International trade mark registration
- Trade Mark Guidelines (German, French, Italian)
- Classification tool for trade marks
- Trade mark examination support tool
- Trade marks: Costs and fees
- Trade marks: WIPO fee calculator
- Cancellation procedure for trade marks on the grounds of non-use
- Protected public signs: Abbreviations
- Protected public signs: Other signs (emblems)
- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
- Trade marks: News Service Archive
- Patents: Patent Examination Guidelines (German, French)
- Patents: Fees
Deferring publication of a design
Publish straight away or later?
Is your design a trendsetter? Are you also in the process of developing a new production process for your design?
You can defer publication of your design for up to a maximum of 30 months from the first filing date. This way, your design application remains unpublished for the time being and subsequently a secret.
This buys you time:
- to meticulously plan your market entry
- to carefully develop the production of your design
- to apply for a patent if it is a new manufacturing process without your published design revealing any details in advance
- to decide at a later date which designs you want to publish from a multiple application
By deferring publication, however, you risk that someone else may use your design during the deferment period – without knowing about your registration, i.e. they use it in good faith. They can even continue to do so once the design has been published.
You must file an application for deferment of publication (point 7) when you apply to register your design.
Documents & links
24.05.2023 | Media release, Copyright
Online service providers are to remunerate use of journalistic works
26.04.2023 | Media release, Law and policy
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
19.01.2023 | Law and policy, Event
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"