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Ordinance of October 19, 1977, on Patents for Inventions (status as of September 1, 2008), Switzerland


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Year of Version 2008 Dates Entry into force: January 1, 1978 Adopted: October 19, 1977 Type of Text Implementing Rules/Regulations Subject Matter Patents (Inventions), Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge (TK), Industrial Property Notes The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'Most recent amendments:
Articles 8a, 21, 37, 43a, 52, 90, 91, 95, 105 to 107, 122, 122a, 122b, 125, 125c and 127b: adopted on 18 October 2006, entered into effect on 1 January 2007 (RO 2006 4483)
Amendments required following the modification of the Regulation on fees (IPI-RT; RS 232.148, see above) and the revision of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT; RS
Article 117: adopted on 17 October 2007, entered into effect on 13 December 2007 (RO 2007 6085).
Amendment required following the redrafting of the Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (EPC; RS
Article 117: adopted on 14 March 2008, entered into effect on 1 May 2008 (RO 2008 1659).
Amendments implementing the Agreement on the Application of Article 65 of the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (Language Agreement; RS
Editorial amendments; preamble; Articles 1, 4, 4b, 8 to 11, 14, 16, 17a, 18 and 20; heading preceding Article 21; Articles 21, 22, 24, 26 to 28, 30, 31a, 32, 34, 37 to 39, 39a, 40, 43 and 43a; heading preceding Article 45a; Article 45a; heading preceding Article 45b; Article 45b to 45j; heading preceding Article 46; Articles 46, 46a to 46e, 47, 48, 48a to 48d, and 49 to 52; heading preceding Article 53; Articles 53, 53a, 54, 54a, and 55 to 58; heading preceding Article 59; Article 59 and 59a to 59c; heading preceding Article 60; Articles 60, 60a to 60c, 61a, 62, 62a, 63 to 67 and 69; heading preceding Article 70; Article 72; heading preceding Article 73; Articles 73 to 88; heading preceding Article 89; Articles 90, 92, 94, 97, 98a, 101 and 104 to 106; heading preceding Article 108; Article 109; heading preceding Article 111; Article 111 and 111a to 111c; heading preceding Article 112; Articles 112, 112a to 112f, 118, 122, 123, 124, 125a, 126, 127, 127b and 127l; and transitional provision: adopted 21 May 2008, entered into effect 1 July 2008 (RO 2008 2585)
Revision required mainly due to the recent amendments to the Law on Patents, in particular in the following areas (second part):
- Biotechnological inventions;
- approval of the Patent Law Treaty (PLT).
Other amendments aim to provide a better response to users' needs.
Details of amendments adopted on 21 May 2008, by group of provisions:
Articles 4.6, 4b, 8, 9.1, 10.2, 14.1, 14.2, 16.2, 18.3 and 24.2
Articles 21, 26.1, 26.3, 34, 37.1, 37.2, 38.1 to 38.3, 39.2 to 39.4, 39a(2) and (3), 40.5bis and 43a
Articles 46, 46a, 46b, 46c, 46d, 46e, 46f, 47, 48a, 48c, 50, 51, 53, 53a, 54, 56, 57, 59, 59a ff, 60, 60a, 60b, 60c, 60d and 62
Articles 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 and 87
Articles 90, 91 and 98a
Articles 118, 122, 122a, 124 and 126 Amendments to the Swiss patent procedure
- General provisions
- Application
- Examination of application
- Opposition procedure
- File and patents register
- European patent applications, European patents, and international patent applications.
Article 27
Article 45a
Article 45b to 45jAmendments concerning biotechnological inventions
- Sequence listing
- Indications of the source of genetic resources and traditional knowledge
- Deposit of biological material
Article 127b and 127l
Supplementary protection certificate for medicines and phytosanitary products
Article 111
Article 111a
Article 111b
Article 111c
Compulsory licenses for the export of pharmaceutical products
- Content of legal claim
- Measures to identify products
- License holder's duty to publish information
- Institute's obligation to inform and notify
Article 112
Article 112a
Article 112b
Article 112c
Article 112d
Article 112e
Article 112f
Intervention of the Customs Administration
- Scope
- Request for intervention
- Detention of goods
- Samples
- Protection of manufacturing and business secrets
- Conservation of evidence in the event of the destruction of goods
- Emoluments.'

Available Texts Main text(s) Main text(s) German Verordnung vom 19. Oktober 1977 über die Erfindungspatente (stand am 1. September 2008) PDF HTML French Ordonnance du 19 octobre 1977 relative aux brevets d'invention (état le 1er septembre 2008) PDF HTML Italian Ordinanza del 19 ottobre 1977 relativa ai brevetti d’invenzione (stato 1° settembre 2008) PDF HTML
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WIPO Lex No. CH171