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...
Revised guidelines for the substantive examination of national patent applications effective 1 January 2019
The new guidelines for the substantive examination of national patent applications will come into effect on 1 January 2019.From this date, those carrying out paediatric studies for medicinal products can request at the IPI an extension to a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) or, if no conventional SPC exists, a paediatric SPC. The IPI has therefore integrated the relevant legislative...
Granting of supplementary protection certificates
Change of practice from the “infringement test” to “Medeva”
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...
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...
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
You are invited to attend our info event on 11 April 2018 at Hotel St. Gotthard in Zurich, where we will share information on the variety of ways in which strategic patent analyses can be used in the daily management of patents.This event, which will be held in German, is aimed at patent attorneys from industry and private practice as well as any other interested persons. You can find further...
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...
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...
14.08.2017 | Patents
Propose your candidate for the European Inventor Award 2018!
Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2018 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds. People from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public, are all welcome to make a suggestion. You can even nominate yourself if you want!
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office
A presentation on «Patenting procedures relating to the pharmaceutical field» will be held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) on 7 September 2017. Patent examiners from the European Patent Office and the IPI will be on hand along with a judge from the Federal Patent Court, a patent attorney from a solicitor’s office, and a patent attorney from a large corporation to...
SMEs used the lockdown period to develop new ideas – an insight into an initiative of the IPI during the coronavirus crisis
08.06.2020 | Patents
More support for innovative SMEs and start-ups – assisted patent searches at a reduced fee until the end of 2020
Better international protection for Swiss geographical indications
The IPI is actively participating in the WIPO dialogue on intellectual property and artificial intelligence
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions