Patent search: end of free patent search services with the IPI

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The free patent search services offered to Innosuisse applicants by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) will be discontinued from 1 May 2024. From this date, Innosuisse will no longer offer assisted patent literature searches or assisted contextual analysis of patents through the IPI. Applications up to 30 April 2024 are still being processed.

However, costs associated with research into intellectual property issues, such as patent literature search costs, may still be covered as part of the direct project costs chargeable for approved applications from the following funding schemes:

- Innovation projects with or without partners
- Innovation projects for start-ups
- Swiss Accelerator
- BRIDGE

Please note that the services do not necessarily have to be requested from the IPI.

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Last modification 19.03.2024

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