News Archive 2017

20.12.2017 | Trade Marks, 2017 archive

Time limit for the initial examination of applications for the registration of trade marks

Due to the high number of Swiss applications for the registration of trade marks, the time limit for the initial examination is usually increased to four months from the date of the payment of the filing fee and any class surcharges. Within this time limit, we will either confirm that your trade mark is to be accepted for registration in the trade mark register or inform you of any deficiencies...

18.12.2017 | Law and policy, Copyright, 2017 archive

New IPI directive for the supervision of the collective rights management organisations

From 1 January 2018, the new IPI directive for the supervision of the collective rights management organisations comes into force. It sets out guidelines for the IPI as supervisory authority when reviewing the management of the collective rights management organisations. The new directive will apply as of the reporting for the business year 2018.  The goal of the modernisation was to bring...

22.11.2017 | Law and policy, Copyright, Media release, 2017 archive

Federal Council adapts copyright law to the digital age

With the revision to the Copyright Act, the Federal Council wants to strengthen the rights and interests of creative artists and the cultural industries by taking a resolute approach to pirated online content. At the same time, it upholds the principle that consumers who take advantage of such illegal offers will not be criminalised. By providing measures that support research and libraries, it...

20.11.2017 | ip-search, 2017 archive

ip-search @ IP Service World

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will be featured at the IP Service World 2017. The conference will take place on 27 and 28 November in Munich. The patent expert, Dr. David Rees, will give a talk on strategic patent analysis.

20.11.2017 | Designs, Trade Marks, 2017 archive

Swiss design data now available in Designview

As of 20 November 2017, national designs entered in the Swiss design register are also available in Designview. This multilingual and user-friendly search tool is provided by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It offers access to the registered designs of all participating national offices – generally patent and trade mark offices – as well as the interregional offices...

14.11.2017 | Partners and initiatives, 2017 archive

The IPI at the SWISS INNOVATION FORUM 2017

On 16 November, the IPI will be featured again as the main partner at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in the Congress Center Basel. Our IP experts at the IPI stand will answer questions regarding trade marks, patents and design.

13.11.2017 | Law and policy, Patents, 2017 archive

A patent database that serves public health

Pat-INFORMED is the name of the most recent initiative which WIPO launched on 3 October 2017 in Geneva at the WIPO annual general meeting in cooperation with the research-based pharmaceutical industry.According to the Media Release from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) the Pat-INFORMED database will be made publicly available mid-2018. The...

29.09.2017 | Media release, Law and policy, 2017 archive

Monitoring Office for Technological Measures to be transferred to the IPI

On 1 January 2018, the Monitoring Office for Technological Measures (OTM) will be transferred to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). The Federal Council adapted the Copyright Ordinance accordingly at its meeting of 29 September 2017. Media release in German, French, Italian (pdf)

27.09.2017 | Event, 2017 archive

Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève

Vous trouvez toutes informations de ce seminaire dans la rubrique "évènements".

26.09.2017 | Patents, 2017 archive

The IPI will start classifying Swiss patent documents in accordance with the Cooperative Patent Classification System from December 2017

From December 2017, the IPI will classify Swiss patent documents (i.e. patent applications and patent specifications) according to the Cooperative Patent Classification System (CPC) in addition to the Classification according to the International Patent Classification (IPC). The first documents will be published on 15 December.The CPC is the joint classification system of the European Patent...

 

21.09.2018 | Law and policy, Media release

Revisions to Patents Act as per 1 January 2019

A partial revision to the Patents Act and its implementing provisions will come into force together with an ordinary revision of the Therapeutic Products Act on 1 January 2019. This was decided by the Federal Council at its meeting on 21 September 2018 (Media release of 21 September 2018 in German/French/Italian).The partial revision introduces the following...

21.09.2018 | IPI, Law and policy

Information event on the revised Patents Act for experts and practitioners

An information event will take place at the IPI on 16 October 2018 on the changes to patent law that will come into force on 1 January 2019. The IPI will present the new procedures for the ‘paediatric extension’, while Swissmedic representatives and the pharmaceutical industry will highlight other aspects that should be considered in practice. There will also be the...

21.09.2018 | Law and policy

“Patents and Designs” Newsletter

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) has been providing information from the field of law to those interested via this newsletter for some time.  It is also possible to register for a “Patents” newsletter; however, there have not been any regular issues recently – so we would like to change that! Therefore, in parallel to this newsletter, we are issuing for the first...

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Keep up to date with the new «Patents and Designs» newsletter

In our new newsletter we will inform you several times a year about the latest news and provide valuable information from the fields of patents and designs.A topic of focus will be the gradual introduction of the electronic IP rights administration system. With the introduction of electronic administration, the IPI has modernised its internal processes, which in future will open up new...

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Visit us from 26 to 29 September 2018 in Berlin at the Annual Conference of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

From 26 to 29 September 2018 we will be an exhibitor at the 2018 Annual Conference of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) in Berlin. Visit us at Stand 2. We will be happy to provide you with information about our services, such as validity search, and to discuss your needs with you. The main theme of this year’s Annual Conference is “Digital Future” and it is...

28.08.2018 | IP news

European Inventor Award 2019 – Search for ingenious inventors

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2019 are now open. Will Switzerland be successful again this time? Until 28 September, you can help determine who should receive the coveted award by making a nomination. The award is open to inventors and anyone interested from the business community, research, intellectual property associations, universities and the general public. You can find...

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How does the patent database help investors to achieve more alpha?

Presentation at the Hedge Funds Investors Conference on 29 August 2018 in Zurich

20.07.2018 | IP news

Switzerland is world champion of innovation again

In the Global Innovation Index 2018, Switzerland’s performance is outstanding. Our country ranks first in global and European rankings. Good ideas therefore pay off. “Who invented it?” Switzerland enjoys an excellent international reputation when it comes to innovations, and this is reflected once more in figures. In a comparison between 126 countries, Switzerland has defended its top position...

20.07.2018 | IP news, Patents

Pilot project for a collaboration of the five largest patent offices with search and examination of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications

On 1 July 2018, the operative phase of a joint pilot project of the five largest patent offices of the world (IP5) to test a collaboration on search and examination work of PCT applications (Collaborative Search and Examination, CS&E) began. This CS&E concept involves processing the same PCT application by an examiner from the patent office responsible under the PCT together with...

06.07.2018 | IPI

The founding of the sic! Foundation for intellectual property, information and competition law.

sic! – the journal for intellectual property, information and fair competition law has been published since 1997 and is an indispensable journal for the professional community. It is financed by the IPI and the Swiss International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI Switzerland) as well as 14 other professional organisations. Its content is the responsibility of an...

  

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