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...
Granting of supplementary protection certificates
Change of practice from the “infringement test” to “Medeva”
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”...
Revisions to Patents Act as per 1 January 2019
A partial revision to the Patents Act and its implementing provisions will come into force together with an ordinary revision of the Therapeutic Products Act on 1 January 2019. This was decided by the Federal Council at its meeting on 21 September 2018 (Media release of 21 September 2018 in German/French/Italian).The partial revision introduces the following...
21.09.2018 | Law and policy
Information event on the revised Patents Act for experts and practitioners
An information event will take place at the IPI on 16 October 2018 on the changes to patent law that will come into force on 1 January 2019. The IPI will present the new procedures for the ‘paediatric extension’, while Swissmedic representatives and the pharmaceutical industry will highlight other aspects that should be considered in practice. There will also be the...
Keep up to date with the new «Patents and Designs» newsletter
In our new newsletter we will inform you several times a year about the latest news and provide valuable information from the fields of patents and designs.A topic of focus will be the gradual introduction of the electronic IP rights administration system. With the introduction of electronic administration, the IPI has modernised its internal processes, which in future will open up new...
28.08.2018 | IP news
European Inventor Award 2019 – Search for ingenious inventors
Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2019 are now open. Will Switzerland be successful again this time? Until 28 September, you can help determine who should receive the coveted award by making a nomination. The award is open to inventors and anyone interested from the business community, research, intellectual property associations, universities and the general public. You can find...
Pilot project for a collaboration of the five largest patent offices with search and examination of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications
On 1 July 2018, the operative phase of a joint pilot project of the five largest patent offices of the world (IP5) to test a collaboration on search and examination work of PCT applications (Collaborative Search and Examination, CS&E) began. This CS&E concept involves processing the same PCT application by an examiner from the patent office responsible under the PCT together with...
20.07.2018 | IP news
Switzerland is world champion of innovation again
In the Global Innovation Index 2018, Switzerland’s performance is outstanding. Our country ranks first in global and European rankings. Good ideas therefore pay off. “Who invented it?” Switzerland enjoys an excellent international reputation when it comes to innovations, and this is reflected once more in figures. In a comparison between 126 countries, Switzerland has defended its top position...
Speed dating for SMEs – tips for protecting innovation
Geographical indications – Swiss producers should benefit from a simple international protection system
Swiss Biotech Report – biotech industry continues to thrive
EPO announces the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2019
10.04.2019 | Event
The IPI at the Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva from 10 to 14 April 2019 - why not stop by and see us?
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich