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The Swiss patent application

What are the steps you need to take in order to obtain a Swiss patent? We explain the meaning of terms and refer you to the necessary forms.

 

The four steps from the invention to a Swiss patent:

 

  1. The application: this includes the request for a patent as well as the technical documents that need to be submitted. The IPI formally examines the application. If all conditions are met, the application is published after 18 months.
  2. The substantive examination: the patent experts at the IPI examine whether the technical documents meet the legal requirements. Is the invention patentable? Can a skilled person understand the patent application? Are the patent claims clear and comprehensible? Do interested groups (skilled people, the public and possibly a court) know exactly what will be protected by the patent based on the patent claims?
  3. Granting the patent or rejecting it: if all requirements are met, the IPI grants a Swiss patent. This is published and is valid in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  4. The administration and entry in the register: the legal status of the patent (such as whether it is in force or has been cancelled) is entered in the patent register maintained by the IPI and then published on Swissreg.