Patent

Switzerland

BASIC FACTS

Patent Protected
Product Patent and Process Patent
Patentable Inventions as per Patent Act
Inventions which satisfy the conditions of novelty, inventive step and capable of industrial application, are subjected to patentability.
Inventions not Patentable
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Non-Convention Application
Yes
Convention Application
Yes
PCT National Phase Application
Yes
Divisional Application
Yes
Patent of Addition
Yes
Patent of Importation (Patent of Introduction)
No
Others
No
Utility Model Protection is provided under Patent
N/A
Type of Application
N/A
Time Period
30 Months
Extended Deadline
N/A
Patent of Invention
20 Years
Utility Model Patent
N/A
Design Patent
N/A
Extension of Foreign Patent
N/A
Exceptions (e.g. Pharmaceutical Patents)
20 Years with extension of 5 Years for Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC)

PROSECUTION

Basic Number of Pages
N/A
Basic Number of Claims
10 Claims
Basic Number of Dependent Claims
N/A
Basic Number of Independent Claims
"As far as unity is given, also more than 1 independent claim possible; normally only 1 independent process claim and 1 independent product claim in one application"
Types of Claims
Swiss-type
Invention Specification
N/A
Language of Specification
English, German, French or Italian
Translation required
Yes
Due date to file the translation
If English, 16 Months from Earliest Priority Date; and if other language, 3 Months from Filing Date
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Signed
Deed of Assignment
Signed
Priority Document, with required translation
Certified
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
Signed
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
Copy
International Search Report (ISR), in case of PCT
No
International Preliminary Examination Report (IPEA), in case of PCT
No
Declaration of Ownership
Signed
Declaration of Nationality
Signed
Copy of Inventor's Passport
No
Other Documents
No
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
1-2 Months
Deadline to File the Reply
3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
1-3 Months
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
2-3 Months
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Post-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
When receiving invitation of the patent office or on request
Deadline to File the Reply
1-3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
1-3 Months
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
6-12 Months
Applicability of Examination
Yes
Time of Examination
Post-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
Always during procedure
Deadline to File the Reply
1-3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
N/A
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
2-6 Months
Applicability of Publication
Yes
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
18 Months after Earliest Priority Date
Applicability of Publication
Yes
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
1 Month from Notice of Acceptance

OPPOSITION

Applicability of Opposition
N/A