This represents an increase of 7,164 patents over the previous year.
As of 31 December 2021, a total of 146,716 patents were in force in Switzerland. This can be divided into 6,623 national patents and 140,093 European patents. The first figure refers to inventions that have been filed for patent protection directly with the IPI. The considerably higher figure refers to patents filed with the European Patent Office (EPO), which are also in effect in Switzerland.
The IPI offers assisted patent searches. Together with a patent expert, the client can take an in-depth look at questions relating to patenting an innovation. Clients receive valuable search results which support them in making decisions concerning their idea or invention. This service is aimed at SMEs, individual inventors, research institutes and companies supported by research and innovation funding.
In 2021, the IPI carried out 996 assisted patent searches. Most requests came from the canton of Zurich (288).
1. Zurich 288
2. Bern 133
3. Vaud 92
4. Aargau 75
5. St. Gallen 51
Source: The IPI
Anyone who wants to patent an invention in Switzerland must apply to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). In addition, patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) are also active in Switzerland.
|1 555||1 590|| |
National patents granted
National patents in force
|6 623||6 782|| |
Patents granted by EPO(1)
|140 093||132 770|| |
Total number of patents in force
|146 716||139 552|| |
(1) Patents in force: All patents, for which an annual fee had been paid in Switzerland as of 31.12.2021, were taken into account.
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