IAM Patent 1000 2021

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Switzerland

The Swiss patent landscape is abuzz with several threads of conversation, and one in particular has really got the country’s practitioners talking. The Swiss Federal Council is taking steps to modernise its patent examination procedure; and while this initiative is still in its early stages – the consultation period only...

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The Swiss patent landscape is abuzz with several threads of conversation, and one in particular has really got the country’s practitioners talking. The Swiss Federal Council is taking steps to modernise its patent examination procedure; and while this initiative is still in its early stages – the consultation period only closed in February 2021 – the potential amendments should transform the filing process. At the moment, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property does not examine whether inventions are novel and inventive, which weakens the validity of Swiss patents on the international stage. The proposed changes would see applications examined for all patentability requirements, aligning the process with global practices and enhancing legal certainty. While it is already possible to apply for a fully examined European patent at the EPO and extend the protection to Switzerland, the new system should be less costly and time consuming, and thus more attractive for local SMEs and individual inventors. Alongside these changes, a cheaper alternative will be introduced by way of a utility model, which will be granted without substantive examination, will have a lifespan of 10 years and will also qualify for the newly introduced ‘patent box’ regime. It is clear that Switzerland is making significant efforts to nurture its local start-up community and foster innovation – as evidenced by its 10th year in the number one spot on WIPO’s Global Innovation Index.

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