Patent Filing in Switzerland


Switzerland is a leader of innovation in Europe. Here, you will find a guide about the filing procedures, routes and fees for Patent Filing in Switzerland.

Patent Filing in Switzerland
Patent Filing in Switzerland

Patent Filing in Switzerland – The Options

Filing a patent in Switzerland? You may use the following routes:

1.     Direct Filing with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)

2.     International Filing via Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

3.     International Filing via Paris Convention

  • This option is similar to PCT. Hence, the Paris Convention allows simultaneous multi-country filing.
  • Paris Convention has 177 Contracting States and is also administered by WIPO.
  • However, the granting of a patent in Switzerland remains under the control of the IPI.
  • The Paris convention offers a relatively faster route as compared to the PCT and it is more economical.

4.     Filing in EU via European Patent Convention (EPC)

  • The EPC route allows you to file a patent application with the European Patent Office (EPO).
  • EPC has 38 contracting states.
  • The granting of a patent in Switzerland remains under the control of the IPI.

5.     Filing via Euro-PCT

  • This is an extension to PCT only, with the exception that the procedure focuses on the elements specific to the PCT procedure before the EPO.
  • The provisions of the PCT and its Regulations (“the PCT Rules”) apply, supplemented by the provisions of the EPC.
  • In case of conflict between the provisions of the EPC and the PCT, the PCT prevails.
  • The granting of a patent in Switzerland remains under the control of the IPI, i.e “national phase”.

Filing Requirements (IPI): Overview

The complete set of documents must include the following:

  • A request for the grant of a patent valid in Switzerland.
  • The inventor’s details (Full name and address)
  • Description
  • Claim or claims to the invention
  • Abstract
  • Drawings (if any)
  • You need to provide a translation of the technical documentation into a Swiss official language (German, French or Italian). Unless you submit the documents in English.

In order to claim priority for international applications, you must submit a priority declaration within the priority period.

Filing Options (IPI)

You can file your application offline with the IPI or use the e-filing system.

Offline Filing

You can post your application at the following address:

IPI Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property,
Stauffacherstrasse 59G, 3014 Bern,
Switzerland

E-filing

You can file your application via email at the following address: patent.admin @ ekomm.ipi .ch

Patent Fees: Overview

Action Fee
Application Fee CHF 200
Claims fee for each additional claim (beyond 11 claims) CHF 50
Examination fee CHF 500
Fee for accelerated examination CHF200
National phase entry (PCT) CHF 1330

To know more, visit Patent Fees.


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