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Your creativity has led to an innovative technical development. This gives you a technological advantage over your competitors. Secure this advantage by protecting your innovation with a patent.

For a patent to be granted, the innovation must be technical. It is not possible to patent an aesthetic innovation or a commercial idea.

The idea must also be practicable, but not necessarily in practice.

The invention must also be clearly and fully disclosed. A person skilled in the art must be able to reproduce the invention on the basis of the information disclosed in the patent application. In addition, the invention must meet the criteria of novelty and inventive step.

An invention fulfils the criteria of novelty if it has not been disclosed to the public before the filing date of the patent application.

An invention meets the criterion of inventive step if it does not derive in an obvious way from the state of the art, i.e. from everything that is publicly available in the field.

So don't set up a website, hold a public conference or enter a competition before you've consulted an expert!



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www.swissreg.ch - Search for Swiss patents
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