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
Extending protection for medicinal products tested on children
Pharmaceutical companies can extend the protection period of an authorised medicinal product by up to a further five years after the expiry of the patent with a supplementary protection certificate (SPC). In addition, they can extend protection for a further six months (where necessary) if they have carried out paediatric studies for a medicinal product (known as a paediatric extension).
The six-month extension can be obtained in one of two ways:
- either by extending an already granted conventional SPC, or if no conventional SPC exists...
- with a paediatric SPC, which is directly linked to the term of the patent.
Requirements for a requesting an extension:
- For a medicinal product to obtain marketing authorisation, clinical trials must be carried out on children in accordance with a paediatric investigation plan (PIP).
- The results of this PIP must be published in the product information of the medicinal product in question.
- The application for the marketing authorisation in Switzerland for a paediatric medicinal product must not be made later than six months after the application for marketing authorisation in the European Economic Area.
Documents & links
- Background information on the introduction of paediatric extensions
- Swissmedic, Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products – medicines for children
- Patent Examination Guidelines in German
- Patent Examination Guidelines in French
- Application for the grant of a paediatric supplementary protection certificate (in German)
- Application for the grant of a paediatric supplementary protection certificate (in French)
- Application for the grant of a paediatric supplementary protection certificate (in Italian)
- Application for the extension of a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products (in German)
- Application for the extension of a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products (in French)
- Application for the extension of a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products (in Italian)
09.02.2023 | Patents
“A competitor wanted to intimidate us”
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"