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30.05.2017 | News

The ipi.ch website has a new look

We have tidied and spruced up our website to make it easier to navigate and to present our diverse content more clearly. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions about our online presence:  web_content@ipi.ch.

12.06.2015 | 2015 archive, News

SMEs and protecting innovations

Companies are frequently confronted with a variety of problems. By the time an SME thinks about protecting its intellectual property, however, it’s often too late. Felix Addor, deputy director general of the IPI, takes a stand on this issue in an interview published on the federal administration's SME portal.The IPI’s platform ,Envisioned. Created. Protected., provides relevant information to...

03.06.2015 | 2015 archive, News

Publication of the study on the potential for optimising the Swiss national patent system

Even though the Swiss patent system has stood the test of time over the years, it is worthwhile reviewing from time to time to ensure that it still meets the requirements of a rapidly changing framework. Two economic consulting companies therefore addressed this issue under the mandate of the IPI, and have made recommendations accordingly. Further information.

21.05.2015 | 2015 archive, News

Decommissioning of the PCT-EASY functionality

From 1 July 2015, it will no longer be possible to file PCT applications in PCT-EASY mode.All PCT applications submitted on paper together with a copy in electronic form on or after 1 July 2015 will be treated as a PCT application in paper format. The fee reduction (CHF 100.00) will no longer apply for such applications. The IPI therefore draws attention to the possibility of filing online via...

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...

17.12.2013 | News

Change in practice concerning the division of applications for registration in accordance with Article 17a Trade Mark Act

The Institute will, in future, charge a filing fee for divisional applications when a division of an application for registration is requested. This change in practice will enter into force immediately and will be applied to all new divisional applications submitted.

26.11.2013 | News

Conference commemorating 125 years of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property IPI

In her speech on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the IPI (in German), Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga spoke about its long history. She congratulated the IPI, stating that it showed "remarkable freshness" despite its venerable age.

12.07.2013 | News

Switzerland keeps on leading WIPO’s Global Innovation Index

The United States rejoined the five most-innovative nations and the United Kingdom moved up to the third spot while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings in the Global Innovation Index 2013, published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).Despite the economic crisis, innovation is alive and well. Research and development spending levels...

09.07.2013 | News

Additional categories in prior art search reports for Swiss patent applications

Analogous to the European Patent Office's (EPO) search report, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is introducing three additional categories to identify cited documents in prior art search reports for Swiss patent applications.O: Non-written disclosureT:  Theory underlying the invention L:  Document cited for other reasonsThe definition of the categories is...

03.07.2013 | News

New electronic trade mark examination support tool

Since this morning, the new electronic trade mark examination tool is available on the IPI website. The tool is a database of the Institute containing more than 500 entries. It replaces the previous database, "Trade mark examination practice" and also contains Institute decisions on applications for trade mark registration.