Assisted Patent Search for the Promotion of Research and Innovation

Are you working on an invention as a researcher in a public research institute or in a company supported by a promoter of research and innovation? An Assisted Patent Search for the Promotion of Research and Innovation at the IPI will support you in the patenting process and help you to decide on the next steps.

You can take advantage of the knowledge of a patent expert in your specialist field over the course of a whole day with us at the IPI in Bern. He or she will provide you with information on patents and patenting and search together with you in various patent databases. To prepare for the search, we recommend answering these additional questions


The Assisted Patent Search for the Promotion of Research and Innovation will give you an initial overview of the state of the art (also known as the prior art) in the technology sector of interest. You will find out how new your invention is and whether it is worth patenting. You will also discover the differences between the various patent application procedures and which route you should follow once your patent has been granted.

We maintain complete confidentiality of all information exchanged between you and the IPI and of all search results.




You are eligible for an Assisted Patent Search for the Promotion of Research and Innovation if:


  • You work in a research institute (in a public higher education institute or university in Switzerland or an institute in the ETH domain) or
  • You work in a company or institution supported by a promoter of research and innovation with whom we have concluded a framework agreement.


The search must serve a project run by your research institute or a project supported by a promoter of research and innovation.


Due to the time and databases available, we can only carry out an initial basic search. You will receive up to 50 of the patent citations found and the complete patent documents for up to 20 of these citations in a PDF file free of charge.

If you require a more comprehensive overview of the state of the art, we recommend ordering an advanced patent search.


The Assisted Patent Search takes a maximum of eight hours. It is carried out together with you on the premises of the IPI. It is also possible to carry out the search at a partner location via an online meeting platform. 


CHF 300 incl. VAT (IPI Fee Ordinance, GebV-IGE Art. 3 Abs. 2, only available in German, French or Italian). You have the right to a maximum two assisted patent searches per year.


You may eligible for a discount if you are participating in a funding programme and/or already have a voucher with a discount code from an innovation promoter. If this is the case, please let us know in your application. You can find further information in the request form.


Here you can find an overview of the IPI's basic conditions for an assisted patent search/analysis.


Request a search

Please complete and send us the online request form. And if you have any questions, we would be happy to answer them.


After the search

If you would like to follow your search by applying to patent your invention, we recommend seeking advice from a patent attorney. He or she will help you with drafting the application and technical documents. The results of the Assisted Patent Search and our advice have no influence on the examination of your patent application.

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