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PATENTS – PATENT INDEX 2023 OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE – SWITZERLAND

In 2023, the number of patent applications in Europe (199,275 applications) rose significantly in comparison with 2022 (193,460 applications), representing an increase of 2.9%. Once again over this year, the most innovative sectors appeared to be digital communication, followed by medical technologies and information technology. For the year 2023, the number […]

PATENTS AND THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

In February 2024, the European Patent Office (EPO) published a new study on cancer-fighting inventions worldwide. This study highlighted that innovation (in terms of the annual number of international patent families IPFs) has seen a significant increase of 70% between the years 2015 and 2021. Switzerland ranks 4th among European countries […]

EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION-FEE REDUCTION FOR SMALL ENTITIES

As part of the changes to the European Patent Office’s (EPO’s) fee regime, effective April 1, 2024, new measures will apply in particular to small, innovative entities in need of financial support in order to complete their European patent application (micro-businesses, individuals, non-profit organizations, etc.). The EPO specifies that “these micro-entities […]

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