Swiss Patent Act: Elevating Innovation Standards


Switzerland Adopts Law to Enhance Swiss Patent Quality

Switzerland is taking bold steps to elevate the standard of its national patent system. The recent revision of the Patent Act by the Swiss Parliament signifies a landmark move towards strengthening intellectual property rights. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what’s changing:

Enhanced Prior Art Search: A groundbreaking shift introduces a compulsory prior art search for every patent application. This initiative is designed to bolster legal clarity and confidence among inventors and stakeholders, ensuring that applications are thoroughly vetted against existing innovations. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will publish these prior art reports alongside patent applications, offering a transparent basis for deciding whether a comprehensive examination should be pursued.

Full Examination Option: In an innovative twist, applicants now have the possibility to request a detailed examination of their patent application, assessing the novelty and inventive step of their invention. This request must be lodged within six months following the prior art report’s publication, setting a definitive timeline for stakeholders to act. Notably, once this request is made, it’s set in stone, highlighting the commitment to thorough patent scrutiny.

Streamlined Appeals Process: The new legal framework simplifies and shortens the route to contesting IPI decisions. By eliminating the opposition route, which was seldom used, appeals can now be taken directly to the Federal Patent Court. This change promises a more efficient and straightforward pathway for addressing disputes, ensuring that both formal and full examination decisions can be promptly challenged.

As we navigate these promising changes to the Swiss Patent Act, it’s clear that the landscape of intellectual property in Switzerland is becoming more sophisticated and secure. For innovators and businesses looking to leverage these advancements, partnering with the right intellectual property experts is crucial.

At Katzarov, we specialize in navigating the intricacies of patent law and intellectual property protection. With over a century of experience, our team is poised to guide you through the evolving Swiss and International patent landscape, ensuring that your innovations are protected with the utmost precision and expertise. Whether you’re looking to take advantage of the new mandatory prior art search, require assistance with the full examination process, or need expert representation in appeals, Katzarov is here to support your intellectual property needs in Switzerland and abroad.

Embrace the future of innovation with Katzarov. Together, let’s protect your groundbreaking innovations and turn them into your competitive advantage.