Patent statistics

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.

 

Patents

This represents an increase of 7,164 patents over the previous year.

Patents

Assisted patent searches examine inventions very closely. This service reached new record figures during the pandemic.

 

 

Assisted patent searches in 2021 – inventions under the microscope

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

 

 

Patents in annual comparison

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.

 

  2021 2020 2019 2018 2017

National applications

1 555 1 590

1 720

1 616

1 628

National patents granted

724 747

615

615

771

National patents in force

6 623 6 782

7 066

7 235

7 351

Patents granted by EPO(1)
with effect in Switzerland

140 093 132 770

124 635

 115 684

 109 407

Total number of patents in force
in Switzerland

146 716 139 552

131 719

122 800

116 758

(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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