PATENT FILING IN SWITZERLAND

During 18th century, Switzerland was known primarily for the cows and sheep but now Switzerland has came a way across, known for its innovative capacity and strong economy. Switzerland ranks eighth in the world; on a per-capita basis, it is number one (source: WIPO). The legislation of Switzerland has made it possible by providing business-friendly regulations and taxation policies. It (The legislation of Switzerland) has also made the necessary changes to its Patent Policies on time-to-time basis to remain updated and comply as per global norms. More than 43,000 patent applications were submitted in 2014 in Switzerland. These numbers are expected to grow in multiple folds in coming years. With the vision of the Swiss government for boosting the patent filings, GPF is dedicated in providing the one stop solution of all the requirements of patent filings. GPF can assist in efficiently and promptly, using accurate translations, filing patent applications. GPF along with Khurana and Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys  (K&K) has tremendous experience in dealing with Patent Filing/Prosecution as per Swiss Patent Laws, and can assist in hand-holding through the complete prosecution lifecycle of a Patent.

High Level Cost Estimate for Filing
Description
Price
Official Fee
$ 210
Attorney Fee
$ 500
Translation Fee
AS APPLICABLE
Total
$ 710 + APPLICABLE TRANSLATION FEE
Documents Required
  • German/French/Italian Translation of the Priority/PCT Document.
  • Declaration to be executed by the Applicant.
  • Power of Attorney.
Filing to Grant Procedure
1
STEP 1 : FILING

A patent application can be filed in Switzerland as any of the following in German/French/Italian translation:

  • Paris convention based national entry.

  • PCT national phase based national entry.

2
STEP 2 : PUBLICATION

In Switzerland, publication of patents takes place within 18 months of priority date.

3
STEP 3 : EXAMINATION

After 3 years of filing the application, IPI sends an invoice for examination, where it indicates a time limit for payment of the prescribed fees. No request for examination shall be made.

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STEP 4 : GRANT

Annuity for 4’th year onwards is to be paid after grant of the Patent. Protection of the Patent is for 20 years from the International Filing Date.