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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...

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...

| 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...

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...

12.03.2019 | Partners and initiatives, IP news

Counterfeit goods – watch out when bargain hunting!

Online shopping is very popular among Swiss consumers. However, not everything delivered to Switzerland is necessarily legal. The 2018 Customs Statistics from the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) indicate an increase in the past year in consignments seized from both tourist and commercial traffic. However, the number of counterfeit goods ordered online and delivered by post or courier is also...

12.03.2019 | IP news

EPO Report – Switzerland has the most patent applications per inhabitant

In its Annual Report 2018, the European Patent Office (EPO) has published statistics on patent applications originating from Switzerland. A record number of patent applications were filed from Switzerland in the past year. “With regard to patents, Switzerland demonstrated very significant growth in 2018,” said EPO President António Campinos. According to the report, Switzerland is the...

05.11.2018 | IP news

Counterfeiting exhibition extended

The exhibition at the Swiss Customs Museum on counterfeiting and piracy has been a great success. As a result, it is to be extended for a further year in 2019. The Swiss Customs Museum in Cantine di Gandria in Ticino is closing its doors until next April for the winter season. But in doing so, it has also taken stock of the most recent season: according to the Federal Customs Administration,...

01.11.2018 | IP news

130 years ago: Paul Perret and the first Swiss patent

The first Swiss patent from La Chaux-de-Fonds One-hundred-and-thirty years ago, Paul Perret was granted the first patent in Switzerland. It was published on 1 November 1888. Since then, countless innovations have established Switzerland as the land of the inventor. Patents are not only an important form of protection, but also a valuable source of information, and with the rise of big data and...

15.10.2018 | IP news

Who has the most beautiful design?

Even a door lock or a radiator can look chic: the jury of the DesignEuropa Awards announced the eight finalists for the award ceremony in November. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) will host the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 on 27 November in Warsaw. Its jury has now presented four finalists for each of the two categories. “Industry Award”...

  

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