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
Filing European and international patent applications
You can file a European or an international application with the relevant authorities. Provided that you or your company is domiciled in Switzerland or Liechtenstein, you can also file it with us and we will forward it to the relevant authorities. If you wish to claim the priority of a Swiss application, we would be happy to issue a priority document for you.
A uniform law applies in Lichtenstein and Switzerland for patent matters. Therefore, a Swiss patent is automatically valid in Lichtenstein too.
Preparing a patent application without any errors and answering any objections correctly can be difficult for those with no experience in patenting. In this instance, we strongly recommend that you seek advice from a patent attorney.
European patent applications
You can file the application either directly with the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich or at its branch offices in The Hague or in Berlin, or with us. If you file your application with us, you can also submit it by post or email. You can request the necessary documentation and forms either from us or from the EPO.
European Patent Office (EPO)
D-80298 Munich, Germany
Tel. 00 800 80 20 20 20
Fax +49 89/2399-4465
International patent applications (PCT)
You can file an international application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva or with the IPI. If you file your application with us, you can submit your documentation by post or online via the WIPO's ePCT portal (in this instance, select the IPI as Receiving Office). If you file your application online, you benefit from a reduction in the filing fee.
We would be happy to provide you with further information. The WIPO also has a guideline available that provides detailed information about the international (PCT) procedure.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
chemin des Colombettes 34
1211 Genf 20
Tel. +41 22 338 8338
Fax +41 22 388 8339
If you wish to claim the priority of a Swiss patent application for applications abroad, you will need to submit a priority document to the authorities abroad. We would be happy to issue one for you.
Note for the authorities: a Swiss priority document includes an extract from the patent register, a copy of the filing confirmation and a copy of the technical documents. Please note that these documents are not bound.
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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"