05.01.2018 | IPI
Annual Report 2016/2017 is now online
Find out what has been making news in the IPI during the 2016/2017 business year. The latest annual report provides an overview of activities at the IPI, and shows why the credibility of intellectual property is a cornerstone of our prosperity. The photographs illustrate basic aspects of the practice of trade mark protection. We hope you enjoy reading it!
20.12.2017 | Trade Marks
Time limit for the initial examination of applications for the registration of trade marks
Due to the high number of Swiss applications for the registration of trade marks, the time limit for the initial examination is usually increased to four months from the date of the payment of the filing fee and any class surcharges. Within this time limit, we will either confirm that your trade mark is to be accepted for registration in the trade mark register or inform you of any deficiencies...
New IPI directive for the supervision of the collective rights management organisations
From 1 January 2018, the new IPI directive for the supervision of the collective rights management organisations comes into force. It sets out guidelines for the IPI as supervisory authority when reviewing the management of the collective rights management organisations. The new directive will apply as of the reporting for the business year 2018. The goal of the modernisation was to bring...
Federal Council adapts copyright law to the digital age
With the revision to the Copyright Act, the Federal Council wants to strengthen the rights and interests of creative artists and the cultural industries by taking a resolute approach to pirated online content. At the same time, it upholds the principle that consumers who take advantage of such illegal offers will not be criminalised. By providing measures that support research and libraries, it...
Swiss design data now available in Designview
As of 20 November 2017, national designs entered in the Swiss design register are also available in Designview. This multilingual and user-friendly search tool is provided by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It offers access to the registered designs of all participating national offices – generally patent and trade mark offices – as well as the interregional offices...
14.11.2017 | Partners and initiatives
The IPI at the SWISS INNOVATION FORUM 2017
On 16 November, the IPI will be featured again as the main partner at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in the Congress Center Basel. Our IP experts at the IPI stand will answer questions regarding trade marks, patents and design.
A patent database that serves public health
Pat-INFORMED is the name of the most recent initiative which WIPO launched on 3 October 2017 in Geneva at the WIPO annual general meeting in cooperation with the research-based pharmaceutical industry.According to the Media Release from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) the Pat-INFORMED database will be made publicly available mid-2018. The...
Monitoring Office for Technological Measures to be transferred to the IPI
On 1 January 2018, the Monitoring Office for Technological Measures (OTM) will be transferred to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). The Federal Council adapted the Copyright Ordinance accordingly at its meeting of 29 September 2017. Media release in German, French, Italian (pdf)
27.09.2017 | Event
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Vous trouvez toutes informations de ce seminaire dans la rubrique "évènements".
26.09.2017 | Patents
The IPI will start classifying Swiss patent documents in accordance with the Cooperative Patent Classification System from December 2017
From December 2017, the IPI will classify Swiss patent documents (i.e. patent applications and patent specifications) according to the Cooperative Patent Classification System (CPC) in addition to the Classification according to the International Patent Classification (IPC). The first documents will be published on 15 December.The CPC is the joint classification system of the European Patent...
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