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Before applying for a patent, you must keep your invention secret. If you make your invention publicly known in any way, you can no longer protect it.
An invention is new if it is not known anywhere in the world before the date of filing the application. Therefore, don't write anything about your invention in journals or on the internet and don't present it at an exhibition. If you are working together with someone, e.g. in a workshop or an engineering office, agree beforehand on confidentiality.
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Country-specific information relates to the procedure in Switzerland.
In order to obtain the best possible patent protection, it is essential that you prepare a patent application without any errors and answer any objections correctly. This can be difficult for those without any experience in patenting. In this instance, we strongly recommend that you seek advice from a patent attorney.
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Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office