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Up to date on: 6.12.2007
Provided by: Fraunhofer Patent Centre
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Intellectual property protection in Switzerland - useful links


Swiss patent law – also valid in Lichtenstein –
(the also are links to authors –law, trademark-law, design-law, ICT-law covering information and communication technologies, other industrial laws e.g. concerning food, drugs) 

The website for the revision of the Swiss copyright law

Governmental institutions and resources

Swiss government portal for SMEs

Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) =

Leitfaden für Innovative


Vollständigste Liste Patentanwälte für die Schweiz

Version which meets federal requirements for the handicapped

Advice for SMEs from the Swiss Federal Ministry for Social Security   

The SECO is the Confederation's competence centre for all core issues relating to economic policy.

Swiss Organisation for Facilitating Investments

Agency of innovation - KTI Kommission für Technologie und Innovation

The LOCATION Switzerland advises and assists during all stages of the investment process

Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV) & Swiss Export Guarantee Agency (ERG)

Non-governmental institutions

Swiss business federation (umbrella organisation for cantonal trade chambers, industry and other organisations)

The Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association

Umbrella association of SMEs

SME Foundation of Switzerland

Swiss Trade Promotion Office

SwissCham, the Association of Swiss Foreign Trade Chambers

The Club aims at supporting and furthering young enterprises

Swiss Group of AIPPI

Foundation Science et Cité supports collaboration between science and society

University of Luzern, Institute for SMEs and economic rights

Patent attorneys

Union of Swiss patent attorneys

Swiss patent attorneys

Research centres

Paul-Scherrer-Institut Villingen

Publications and news sources

Electronic newspaper on IP jurisdiction


Inventors Fair in Geneva   

Innovation support resources

Patent search supported by experts, a service of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property

Rete Innovazione Brevetti e Marchi (in Italian)

Polo Scientifico Technologico Lombardo  (in Italian)

Trademarks in Switzerland

InnovationsTransfer Zentralschweiz   

University ETH Zürich, Knowledge and technology transfer   

Canton Berne, technology mediation and innovation consulting   

IPR consulting  

BDC - The Business Development Company in Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Rights  

Unitectra - technology transfer   

Spin-off companies (co-)founded by researchers of the University of Berne and the University of Zurich   

Ticinotransfer - technology transfer

University of Basel - technology transfer   

The Basel life sciences start-up agency   

IPRIS - Intellectual Property Rights - Integrated Services - Offices