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.

20.03.2018 | IP news

Patent applications from Switzerland rose to a new high in 2017

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published the statistics for patent applications originating from Switzerland in its Annual Report 2017. For the second time, three higher education institutions (EPFL, ETH and the University of Zurich) were among the top 20 Swiss applicants. The company Roche, however, remains the most active patent applicant. The canton of Vaud is again the canton with the...

14.08.2017 | IP news

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!

04.05.2017 | IP news

Swiss Biotech Report 2017

The Swiss Biotech Report 2017 has just been published. It illuminates the most important drivers of innovation and summarises issues and facts about the development of the Swiss biotech industry. Compiled by a group of representatives from public institutions – including the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – and current enterprises, it appears annually. Press release (pdf, 124 KB)

04.07.2016 | IP news

Swiss Technology Award 2016 – Take up the challenge and apply now! (Kopie 1)

Innovations are a key driver of the Swiss economy. Switzerland’s most prestigious technology award, the Swiss Technology Award, will be presented for the 28th time at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel on 24 November 2016.Who can apply?Applications are invited from innovative entrepreneurs, business and industry start-ups, university and college projects, established companies with...