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...

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...

20.07.2018 | IP news, Patents

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...

08.06.2018 | IP news

Winners of the European Inventor Award 2018 announced: The Swiss physicist Ursula Keller receives lifetime achievement award

On 7 June in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the EPA announced the Winners of the European Inventor Award 2018. The Swiss physicist Prof. Ursula Keller received the prize for her invention of the ultra-fast laser pulses.

17.05.2018 | IP news

Swiss Biotech Report 2018: The Swiss biotech industry continues to soar due to “world class patents”

The success of the Swiss biotech industry continues. In 2017, the success of recent years could be consolidated and even somewhat surpassed, as the latest statistics in the Swiss Biotech Report show. The report features the most important drivers of innovation and summarises issues and facts about the development of the Swiss biotech industry. The Swiss Biotech Report is compiled annually by a...

26.04.2018 | IP news

26 April 2018 – World Intellectual Property Day

Do you have a brilliant idea? Protect it so that you can share it with the world. That is the message of the European video campaign that we want to share with you on World Intellectual Property Day. You can find further information on all matters concerning the protection of intellectual property in our SME-Portal.

25.04.2018 | IP news

Paying tribute to 15 outstanding inventors: European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced

The European Inventor Award 2018 honours ingenious inventors from a wide range of fields from all over the world. This year, Swiss scientist and professor Ursula Keller is among the finalists. She has been nominated for her ultrafast pulsed lasers invention. Vote for your favourite inventors to participate in a prize draw organised by the EPO.