22.03.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Initial help for start-ups – IPI workshop at the Start Summit

Technologies and entrepreneurship are the focus of the  Start Summit in St. Gallen from 21 to 22 March. At a summit workshop, two IPI experts showed start-ups how they can protect their digital innovations. Interest in the topic was great with participants asking plenty of questions, which then led on to a lively discussion. How do I protect my software? Can I patent a program? When is an...

12.03.2019 | Partners and initiatives, IP news

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...

15.02.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Young researchers are ready for the world of intellectual property

In January, participants in the Swiss Youth in Science national competition presented their entries to subject matter experts in Lugano, Bern and Lausanne, in the hope of qualifying for the final. The jury has since made its selection – 125 young people and 105 projects have reached the final, which will take place in Rapperswil from 2 - 4 May 2019. Investing in the future Given that...

11.02.2019 | Partners and initiatives

Innosuisse and the IPI — a partnership for Swiss innovation

SMEs and start-ups should be provided with the best conditions to make their innovations economically viable. This is the incentive for a collaboration between the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. The Assisted Patent Search is at the heart of the collaboration between Innosuisse and the IPI. Recipients of Innosuisse funding can...

11.12.2018 | Partners and initiatives

Getting a head start – CEO at 18

At Young Enterprise Switzerland (YES), some young people have started their own mini-company and in doing so, have learned how to create value by protecting their own creations. Following the initial phase of the programme, which began in August and dealt with founding the mini-company, start-up capital and the business plan, the mini-companies are now presenting their products at Christmas...

21.11.2018 | Partners and initiatives

BioInnovation Day in Geneva – the IPI awards prizes for inventions

Researchers and start-ups presented a total of 36 innovations to potential investors, industry representatives and technology transfer experts at the Campus Biotech on 15 November. “We are very pleased with how the event went,” says Karolina Niewola, the person in charge of organising BioInnovation Day at the University of Geneva. With 182 participants, the event attracted similar interest as the...

29.05.2018 | Partners and initiatives

The start-up grüengahts wins the IPI’s IP Management Award 2018

The association YOUNG ENTREPRISES SWITZERLAND (YES), which is co-sponsored by the IPI, connects schools with the Swiss economy. At the annual national competition, school teams set up their own mini-company. There are awards for various aspects, which the teams can choose as the focus of their work. The IPI bestows the IP Management Award to the start-up that deals most convincingly with the...

04.04.2018 | Partners and initiatives

The IPI at the Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva from 11 to 15 April 2018 – win a pair of free entry tickets!

Each year, the International Exhibition of Inventions brings together on average more than 700 exhibitors from 40 countries, with companies, inventors, organisations, as well as private and state institutes exhibiting their inventions. This year, the IPI will again be participating with a stand, so why not stop by and see us? If you take part in our competition by answering a few questions on...

26.01.2018 | Partners and initiatives

The International Swiss Talent Forum 2018 drafts ideas for the city of the future. The IPI is involved as a sponsor.

In an age of rapidly growing populations, how can urban areas be sustainably developed? At the 7th International Swiss Talent Forum (ISTF) from 17 – 20 February 2018 in Thun, 70 talented youths from across Europe will search for solutions to the challenges of the urban areas of the future.  As a sponsor of the forum, which is organised by Swiss Youth in Science, the IPI pitches one...

14.11.2017 | Partners and initiatives


On 16 November, the IPI will be featured again as the main partner at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in the Congress Center Basel. Our IP experts at the IPI stand will answer questions regarding trade marks, patents and design.