Can your idea be patented?
Find out with an assisted patent search.
Anyone can access the information contained in patent documents. Let us introduce you to the benefits of patent searches and databases, which you can search yourself to obtain basic patent information.
Patent specifications are published worldwide 18 months after filing – meaning you have valuable up-to-date information on companies and new technologies available free of charge any time you need it. With a patent search, you can make good use of this information:
You can search yourself in various online databases in order to obtain simple patent information for free.
Searching for patents yourself
We provide inexpensive basic searches as an introduction to patents and patent applications.
Basic IPI searches
If you are looking for answers to specific questions and need a reliable basis for strategic business decisions, there are various providers who offer search services tailored to your needs.
Providers of more detailed searches
Pilot project for a collaboration of the five largest patent offices with search and examination of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications
06.07.2018 | IPI
The founding of the sic! Foundation for intellectual property, information and competition law.
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office