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News Archive 2014

01.09.2014 | 2014 archive, Patents

Minor updates to the Patent Examination Guidelines

Minor updates have recently been made to the patent examination guidelines. An erratum at the end of the document lists the changes made.The adapted version of the guidelines is now available online (available in German and French only (pdf 1300 KB)

01.09.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release

Agreement on geographical indications between Switzerland and Jamaica enters into force

The agreement between Switzerland and Jamaica on the protection of geographical indications (GIs) enters into force today. It improves protection for designations such as Emmental, Gruyère and Switzerland as well as the Swiss cross and the cantonal coats of arms. For further information, please see the press release.

25.08.2014 | 2014 archive, News

Demonstration projects in the field of health research and development

These projects aim at developing health technologies (medicines, diagnostics, medical devices, etc.) for diseases that disproportionally affect developing countries and for which there are gaps in research and development due to market failure. The projects aim to highlight the effectiveness of alternative, innovative and sustainable approaches to financing and coordination. For more...

07.08.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Audit of supervision of the collecting societies

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (EFK) conducted an audit of the IPI’s supervision of the collecting societies in February 2014. The audit report, published in July 2014, gives the IPI a good report card. But it also includes four recommendations for action. Report (in German)Summary (in German)

07.08.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

New advance in collective rights management for copyrights

The interpellation Quadri 12.3396 - Der Auftrag der Suisa an die Yacast schadet der schweizerischen Musikproduktion (‘Suisa’s contract to Yacast damages Swiss music production’) was submitted during the Spring session 2014. It involves the automatic reporting of works of music played in clubs and discos.

01.07.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Free Trade Agreement with China

On 1st of July 2014, the bilateral Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and China has entered into force. This treaty contains a chapter dedicated to the protection of intellectual property. For more information.

27.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Electronic Trade Mark Examination Support Tool: new contents and new functions

Since Tuesday, 24 June 2014, the electronic trade mark examination support tool now contains all geographical indications protected through international treaties in Switzerland. However, as this involves more than 8,000 indications, the international treaties are not displayed in a standard search. To search for protected geographical indications, the 'international treaties' option should...

25.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release, Law and policy

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of a new cooperation project focusing on intellectual property (press release, pdf 388 KB).

30.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release, Law and policy

Better protection for 'Made in Switzerland' and the Swiss cross

The Federal Council began the consultation procedure for the four 'Swissness' implementing regulations on 20 June 2014. See press release (available in German, French and Italian only, pdf 24 KB). These ordinances further specify the improvements adopted by Parliament on protecting the 'Made in Switzerland' designation and the Swiss cross with precise rules and lead to more clarity and legal...

24.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Adaptation of the trademark guidelines as of 1st of July 2014

The Institute has revised its trademark guidelines. The revised guidelines come into effect on 1st of July 2014 and are published on the site of the Institute in German, French and Italian.Complete news text in German, French or Italian.

 

01.09.2014 | 2014 archive, Patents

Minor updates to the Patent Examination Guidelines

Minor updates have recently been made to the patent examination guidelines. An erratum at the end of the document lists the changes made.The adapted version of the guidelines is now available online (available in German and French only (pdf 1300 KB)

01.09.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release

Agreement on geographical indications between Switzerland and Jamaica enters into force

The agreement between Switzerland and Jamaica on the protection of geographical indications (GIs) enters into force today. It improves protection for designations such as Emmental, Gruyère and Switzerland as well as the Swiss cross and the cantonal coats of arms. For further information, please see the press release.

25.08.2014 | 2014 archive, News

Demonstration projects in the field of health research and development

These projects aim at developing health technologies (medicines, diagnostics, medical devices, etc.) for diseases that disproportionally affect developing countries and for which there are gaps in research and development due to market failure. The projects aim to highlight the effectiveness of alternative, innovative and sustainable approaches to financing and coordination. For more...

07.08.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Audit of supervision of the collecting societies

The Swiss Federal Audit Office (EFK) conducted an audit of the IPI’s supervision of the collecting societies in February 2014. The audit report, published in July 2014, gives the IPI a good report card. But it also includes four recommendations for action. Report (in German)Summary (in German)

07.08.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

New advance in collective rights management for copyrights

The interpellation Quadri 12.3396 - Der Auftrag der Suisa an die Yacast schadet der schweizerischen Musikproduktion (‘Suisa’s contract to Yacast damages Swiss music production’) was submitted during the Spring session 2014. It involves the automatic reporting of works of music played in clubs and discos.

01.07.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Free Trade Agreement with China

On 1st of July 2014, the bilateral Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and China has entered into force. This treaty contains a chapter dedicated to the protection of intellectual property. For more information.

27.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Electronic Trade Mark Examination Support Tool: new contents and new functions

Since Tuesday, 24 June 2014, the electronic trade mark examination support tool now contains all geographical indications protected through international treaties in Switzerland. However, as this involves more than 8,000 indications, the international treaties are not displayed in a standard search. To search for protected geographical indications, the 'international treaties' option should...

25.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release, Law and policy

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of a new cooperation project focusing on intellectual property (press release, pdf 388 KB).

30.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release, Law and policy

Better protection for 'Made in Switzerland' and the Swiss cross

The Federal Council began the consultation procedure for the four 'Swissness' implementing regulations on 20 June 2014. See press release (available in German, French and Italian only, pdf 24 KB). These ordinances further specify the improvements adopted by Parliament on protecting the 'Made in Switzerland' designation and the Swiss cross with precise rules and lead to more clarity and legal...

24.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Law and policy

Adaptation of the trademark guidelines as of 1st of July 2014

The Institute has revised its trademark guidelines. The revised guidelines come into effect on 1st of July 2014 and are published on the site of the Institute in German, French and Italian.Complete news text in German, French or Italian.