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13.05.2019 | Partners and initiatives, Patents

Swiss Biotech Report – biotech industry continues to thrive

The Swiss biotech industry increased its sales, exports and research investments once again in 2018, as indicated by the Swiss Biotech Report 2019 (BTR). The industry’s growth is largely due to investment in research and development, which rose by 32 per cent from 2017 to 2018. This is also reflected in the patent portfolio with 53 per cent of Swiss biotech patents classified as world-class...

07.05.2019 | IP news, Patents

EPO announces the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2019

The European Patent Office (EPO) today announces the 15 finalists nominated for the European Inventor Award 2019. The Award, now in its 14th year, celebrates the genius and creativity of inventors and inventor teams for their contributions to scientific and technological progress, their role in generating economic growth, and their impact on our daily lives. The winners of the 2019 edition of...

30.05.2019 | Partners and initiatives, IP news

Swiss Youth in Science honours young researchers

109 researchers were awarded for their achievements in the Swiss Youth in Science national competition. The young people had worked meticulously on their research projects over the course of a year. In the final on 3 and 4 May, the secondary and vocational school students presented their research projects at a public exhibition in the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR). They also...

30.04.2019 | Media release, Law and policy, Law enforcement

The measures introduced to combat “Swissness” misuse yield results

Successful measures in the fight against misuse of “Swissness” and fewer offences in Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) reports a positive result for the year 2018. The key points at a glance: In 2018, the IPI did not have to initiate any criminal proceedings in Switzerland. In the 78 interventions led by the IPI, all of the companies involved were...

02.05.2019 | Patents, Event

En route to Ticino – protecting innovation at AGIRE event

How can I protect my innovation? This question will be the focus of a public event on 8 May at the Tecnopolo Ticino in Manno. SMEs, start-ups and representatives from higher education institutes will participate in the event organised by AGIRE (The Innovation Agency of Southern Switzerland) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). IPI experts will provide attendees with...

26.04.2019 | IP news

The world of sport – IP in action

Every 26 April marks World Intellectual Property Day, which this year is dedicated to intellectual property (IP) rights in the sports world. The following four examples show how innovations are protected in a field where records are broken and medals are won. Copyright: The Champions League football anthem was composed by Tony Britten. The rights to it, however, are held by UEFA. Trade...

26.04.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Young Swiss researchers eagerly await the final – whose invention will be crowned the winner?

The finalists of the Swiss Youth in Science national competition have been chosen. 109 young people will gather in Rapperswil from 2 to 4 May to contest the final and present their projects. To participate in the biggest competition for young researchers in Switzerland, the enthusiastic innovators carried out research over several months. The result is a collection of creative inventions and...

| IP news, Patents, Trade Marks, Designs

Intellectual property in figures

Which sector in Switzerland applies to register the most designs? How many patents are currently in force? On the new statistics page of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI), you can read up on interesting facts and figures on IP rights in Switzerland. The data is visualised with graphics, while a slide show highlights information on individual IP rights. All statistics...

17.04.2019 | Media release, Patents

Lower annual fees for Swiss patents

From 1 July 2019, new annual fees will apply to Swiss patents and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs). The Federal Council approved the amendment to the IPI Fee Ordinance on 17 April 2019. As a result, a Swiss patent will be less expensive over its entire maximum term of validity. The annual fees will continue to increase in line with the term of the patent. However, they will now...

12.04.2019 | IP news

How colourless life would be without intellectual property

The award-winning short film ‘IPDENTICAL’ illustrates what everyday life would be like without intellectual property – grey and monotonous. The same song is played on the radio every day; the same films are always showing in cinemas. The film was produced on behalf of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Following screenings at several film festivals, the video is now...

  

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