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10.07.2020 | Copyright

WIPO launches its own digital evidence service: WIPO PROOF

With WIPO PROOF, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a global online service that provides proof of the existence of a digital file at a specific point in time. The new service complements WIPO’s existing intellectual property systems by helping creators to take verifiable measures to better protect the results of their work. The system is intended to reduce the...

22.06.2020 | Patents, IPI

SMEs used the lockdown period to develop new ideas – an insight into an initiative of the IPI during the coronavirus crisis

During the coronavirus crisis, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) supported SMEs and start-ups by providing free assisted patent searches. In an interview, the deputy head of the patent division takes stock, speaks about online meetings being occasionally interrupted by children making noise and praises SMEs’ innovative strength. Read the interview on our blog.

08.06.2020 | Patents

More support for innovative SMEs and start-ups – assisted patent searches at a reduced fee until the end of 2020

The initiative of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)  to support innovative start-ups and SMEs with free assisted patent searches in April and May 2020 was a huge success. More than twice as many customers wanted to take advantage of this helpful service than the average in recent years. However, the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic is not yet over, and...

05.06.2020 | Indications of source, Media release

Better international protection for Swiss geographical indications

Swiss producers should in future be able to register geographical indications in several states simultaneously via a simple procedure. The Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the approval and implementation (amendment of trade mark law) of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications for submission to Parliament at its meeting on 5 June...

04.06.2020 | IPI, Law and policy

The IPI is actively participating in the WIPO dialogue on intellectual property and artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the technology at the centre of the fourth industrial revolution. It is already having an impact on daily life around the world, and equally is influencing intellectual property. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published a Revised Issues Paper on Intellectual Property Policy and Artificial Intelligence. Within the framework of an open-ended...

26.05.2020 | Law and policy, Patents, Media release

Daren Tang appointed as next WIPO Director General

At their General Assembly, the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed Daren Tang of Singapore as the new Director General. He will succeed Francis Gurry, who has led the organisation for twelve years. Mr Tang’s six-year term of office will begin on 1 October. With reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Director General emphasised that, more than...

26.05.2020 | Partners and initiatives

Tailor-made IP strategies – SEF4KMU virtual networking lunch on 4 June 2020

Following the successful networking lunch on the topic of IP strategies, which took place in October 2019 in Etoy, comes an additional event in German. At a virtual SEF4KMU networking lunch on 4 June 2020, attorney-at-law and Lawyer of the Year 2019 Bernard Volken will explain why an individual IP strategy is valuable for every innovative company. Seize the opportunity to participate in this...

20.05.2020 | Law and policy

The USA welcomes the partial revision of the Swiss Copyright Act

In response to criticism from the US entertainment industry, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) placed Switzerland on a ‘watch list’ in 2016 in its annual report on countries that insufficiently protect American IP interests (the Special 301 Report). The USA argued that it was not sufficiently possible to enforce copyright on the internet in Switzerland. In recognition of amendments to...

28.04.2020 | Partners and initiatives

Young researchers convince experts with their projects

The final of the Swiss Youth in Science national competition has been held virtually for the first time due to the current pandemic. Against all odds, 136 young researchers presented their work to the jury of experts, showing their research results and ideas via video call on 23 and 24 April. They were then honoured for their outstanding achievements on 25 April. The finalists, who came from...

26.04.2020 | IP news, Law and policy

Green inventions shape our future

Every 26 April marks World Intellectual Property Day. This year, the focus is on how innovation can create a green future and the various ways in which IP can be used to achieve this. Intellectual property has a key role to play in tackling climate change. “New climate-friendly innovations and new ways of thinking are urgently required to tackle the climate crisis and achieve a green future,”...

  

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