Changes to patent practice
From 1 August, five changes will take effect in the field of patents in Switzerland. They concern, for example, the procedure for multiple changes to the register and for applications which are submitted too early. You can find details of the changes to practice in our newsletter (only available in German or French).
European Patent Office honours inventors
Exceptional inventors have been awarded with the European Inventor Award 2019 at a ceremony in Vienna. The winners, from Austria, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain, were honoured for their outstanding achievements in plastic recycling, cancer diagnostics, rechargeable battery technology, marine antifouling and DNA testing. “The imagination, intellect and expertise on display at this...
14.06.2019 | IP news
Status Report on IPR Infringement in the EU
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published its Status Report on IPR Infringement (in English) on 6 June 2019. The report summarises the findings of the research carried out in recent years by the EUIPO, through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory), on the extent, scope and economic consequences of intellectual...
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...
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...
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,...
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”...
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...
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