Searches in WIPO database for developing countries


IPI Searches allows developing countries who themselves do not have access to international patent databases to request that Switzerland check whether a product for which the developing country has received a patent request has been patented elsewhere in the world.


Land/Region Periode Budget
01.01.2012 - 31.12.2017
CHF 400'000
Hintergrund "

Developing countries' Patent Offices (PO) do not always have access to international patent databases. When the Patent Office receives a request from a company for patent protection for a new product, the PO needs to verify whether the product is truly new or benefits from a patent elsewhere in the world, before making its final determination on the request. POs can request assistance from the World Intellectual Property Organisation, who in turn, forwards these requests to WIPO Members, including Switzerland.

Ziele "

The overall goal of IPI Searches is to allow companies to add value to their products and grow, and for national IP policy to more successfully spur an innovative economy and economic growth. Companies in developing countries often do not patent their new products, opening the possibility that these products are copied and hence lowering the return on the R&D investment by that company. At the macro level, a government promotes patent protection, as this encourages companies to engage in R&D activities in the knowledge that the costs related to product development can be recuperated through its sole supply of the product for the time specified under the patent licence.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen "

Direct outcome: patent Offices are better able to respond to requests from companies for patent projection through reliable patent protection determinations. Indirect outcome: company growth as product development investments are recuperated and reinvested.


Erwartete Resultate:   "

International patent searches comparing the properties of the proposed new product with those properties of existing patented products.


Resultate von früheren Phasen:   In the previous phase (2012-2016) the following outcome of ISIP were achieved:- Improvement of capacity to develop IP policies and implement law: 20 patent examiners trained in chemical and pharmaceutical patents. Trainings in international IP negotiations for the Indonesian IP office to better represent its interests abroad.- Market development for GIs: Trainings to producer associations in organisational development and market access. Public awareness raised through GI National Seminar and Market Place. 4 GI products registered.- Improvements in the IP framework for Copyright realised through technical support to the National Copyright Society on Music. New law on royalties in the karaoke sector, and drafting of 11 sectoral laws.- Public and IP user awareness on IPR highlighted through the production of 11 short movies to familiarize producers of traditional products and creative industry SMEs. Improved understanding on IPRs.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt SECO
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
  • Swiss Federal Institute for IP Rights

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   400'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   0 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF   400'000

Phase 5 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2017   (Active)