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
The key to a patent
The technical documents are where you explain the invention you want to protect, present your invention and define it. All patent specifications are structured according to uniform worldwide criteria. Essential information should already be visible on the title page. The abstract, which is often supplemented with a technical drawing, makes it possible to quickly evaluate the content of a patent specification.
The technical documents consist of:
The purpose of the description is to disclose the invention. What problem does the invention solve? The answer to that question is the disclosure. The solution must also be comprehensible to a person skilled in the art. Technical drawings are helpful in that they promote understanding of the description.
The relevant features of the invention, as well as useful additional features, are defined in the patent claims. These determine the scope of protection. They are interpreted from the description.
The title and abstract allow the invention to be quickly evaluated. These will be modified by the IPI if necessary.
The technical documents must be written clearly and comprehensibly. They can, in principle, be submitted in any language. However, you must submit a translation in one of the official Swiss languages (German, French or Italian) within three months of the filing date. If the technical documents for the application are submitted in English, the translation may be submitted within 16 months of the priority date.
The technical documents are the foundation for preparing the patent specifications. The formal requirements for preparing the technical documents can be found in our technical documents information leaflet (in German, in French or in Italian). Our technical documentation example (in German, in French or in Italian) shows how to comply with them.
You can get an idea of how a patent specification is structured and formulated in our sample document. Or you can order a print copy of a patent specification and we will send it to you free of charge.
- Patent CH 691 664 A5Bekleidungsstück
- Patent CH 692 336 A5Aussenumschlag für eine Schokoladentafel
- Patent CH 691 497 A5Sicherheitstüre
- Patent CH 692 456 A5Verfahren zur Herstellung von Aminobenzamiden
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"