What is a patent?

A patent is an IP right for a technical invention. It allows you to prevent others from using your invention for commercial purposes for up to 20 years. You decide who is allowed to produce, sell or import your invention in those countries in which you own a valid patent. You can also trade your patent, e.g. sell it or licence the use of your invention.



Before applying for a patent


What do I need to consider before applying for a patent?


How can I verify the novelty of my invention?


Who can help me?



Your patent application and examination


How do I obtain a Swiss patent?


Where do I apply for a European patent?


Where do I file an international patent application?




Can your idea be patented?

Find out with an assisted patent search.


How can I use patent information?

Information from patents contain valuable up-to-date knowledge about companies and technologies. This information is available to everyone – so why not use it?



Invent, produce, market

In our Guide for Innovative and Creative Minds, you can find practical tips on patents, trade marks, designs and copyright to help you with the innovation process.


Training and courses at the IPI






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