For IP professionals
This is the portal for professionals working in the field of intellectual property. Here you'll find direct access to all necessary resources.
- Trade Mark Database
- Register changes for trade marks
- Madrid Monitor
- International trade mark registration
- Trade Mark Guidelines (German, French, Italian)
- Classification tool for trade marks
- Trade mark examination support tool
- Trade marks: Costs and fees
- Trade marks: WIPO fee calculator
- Cancellation procedure for trade marks on the grounds of non-use
- Protected public signs: Abbreviations
- Protected public signs: Other signs (emblems)
- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
- Trade marks: News Service Archive
- Patents: Patent Examination Guidelines (German, French)
- Patents: Fees
Searching for patents yourself
Searching in free online databases will give you an inital overview of basic patent information, which you can use as a source of inspiration. However, querying these databases cannot replace a professional search by an expert.
Information on Swiss IP rights
If you are looking for a patent with effect in Switzerland, Swissreg is the right database for your search.
Searching in worldwide patent literature
If you want to search for relevant patents, then Espacenet is the right database. The European Patent Office's database contains more than 90 million patent documents from all over the world with information on inventions and technical developments from 1836 up to the present day.
Other national and international databases
Almost all patent offices publish their national patent applications and granted patents in publicly accessible databases. Here are some important ones:
Using this system of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), you can search 3.6 million international patent applications (PCT) and 77 million patent documents from regional and national patent collections.
- Patent Lens
This database is maintained by Cambia, an international non-profit research organisation in Australia, which is supported by the WIPO and the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The database contains more than 90 million documents from around the world.
The database of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) offers similiar services to Espacenet. It covers data worldwide.
- USPTO (USA)
Contains US patent specifications including design patents and plant patents.
- UK IPO (United Kingdom)
Contains UK patent specifications.
- JPO database (Japan)
Contains Japanese patent literature.
- CNIPA database (China)
Contains Chinese patent literature.
- KIPO Datenbank (Südkorea)
Contains South Korean patent literature.
Patent classifications are classification systems in which patent documents are organised based on the technical concepts described in them regardless of language and terminology. There are various such systems in use. The following are two of the most important:
- International Patent Classification (IPC)
This is available on the website of the WIPO in English and French and on the website of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in German.
- Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
This is available on Espacenet. However, it is only possible to do the classification search in English.
Professional patent searches
Carrying out a search yourself cannot replace a professional search. Learn more about the search services of the IPI on the page assisted patent searches or alternatively use an advanced patent search.
24.05.2023 | Media release, Copyright
Online service providers are to remunerate use of journalistic works
26.04.2023 | Media release, Law and policy
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
19.01.2023 | Law and policy, Event
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"