How much does patent protection cost?

The fees usually make up only a part of the total cost of patent protection. There are often additional expenses such as support from specialists, searches, or representation before other IP offices.


The fees for a Swiss patent include:

Fees for the application, examination and grant of a patent


The optional Swiss Patent Application Search is also subject to a fee.


Renewal fees

  • To keep a patent in force, annual fees have to be paid from the fourth year after the filing date. They are payable regardless of whether the application is still being examined or whether the patent has already been granted.

Possible additional costs:


Overview of the most important fees in the Swiss, European and international patent procedures