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13.11.2017 | Law and policy, Patents

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...

26.09.2017 | Patents

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...

28.07.2017 | Event, Patents

Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office

A presentation on «Patenting procedures relating to the pharmaceutical field» will be held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) on 7 September 2017. Patent examiners from the European Patent Office and the IPI will be on hand along with a judge from the Federal Patent Court, a patent attorney from a solicitor’s office, and a patent attorney from a large corporation to...

20.06.2017 | Patents

PCT applications with the IPI as Receiving Office can now be submitted online (ePCT)

If you want to submit an application for the grant of a patent under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and designate the IPI as the Receiving Office, you no longer have to send your application on paper or by fax. You can now also submit your application online via the ePCT portal of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This system makes submitting international applications...

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)

27.06.2013 | Patents

Swiss legal status information directly from esp@cenet

The acquisition of reliable data concerning the legal status of granted patents requires searching in the respective national registers. In order to facilitate user access to this national register information, the European Patent Office has introduced so-called "deep linking" in the first phase of a project (prior to the introduction of a federated European patent register), which...

18.01.2013 | ip-search, Patents

International Survey for the Harmonisation of Patent Law

Representatives of the European Patent Office (EPO) and partners from national patent offices in the USA, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, France and Denmark have met at Tegernsee to forge ahead with the harmonisation of national substantive patent laws. Specifically, work is being done to unify regulations for: • A "grace period" before the actual application is filed, during which...