I’ll admit, my interest in exploring the online search portals for various intellectual property office websites has gotten a bit out of hand. From Hungary to Singapore, I’ve taken a world tour of the many innovative websites that offer free access to a broad assortment of intellectual property records, ranging from utility patents and industrial designs to trademark and copyright records. This obsession for exploring worldwide IP portals has even created an entire section on Intellogist dedicated to patent authority websites. I recently visited the free online IP search portal for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, called Swissreg, which allows users to search through data on Swiss patents, trademarks, designs, SPCs, and even topographies. This portal offers a variety of fielded search forms for each intellectual property type (except topographies), and users can view bibliographic details and legal status information for each IP record. Links are also provided for patent results to the full documents accessible on Espacenet.
Continue reading for an overview of the coverage, search, and display options on the Swiss IP search portal Swissreg!
What Can be Searched on Swissreg?
- National published patent applications
- National granted patents
- European patents with designation Switzerland
- National trademark applications
- National registered trademarks
- Nationally deposited designs
- Supplementary protective certificates (ESZ)
The search portal is available in German, French, Italian, or English (by selecting the language options in the upper right corner of the website). A help section is accessible through a link in the bottom corner of the portal, and the English-language version of this basic help file, entitled “Everything you need to know about Swissreg,” gives additional data coverage information and limitations on searching and viewing CH trademarks, patents, SPCs, and designs on Swissreg.
A vertical menu on the left side of the portal allows users to select various intellectual property types and fielded search form options:
- Trademarks – Search through the register, by publication, advanced search, or search standard (browse through publications from recent dates).
- Patents – Search through the register, by publication, advanced search, or search standard (browse through publications from recent dates).
- SPC – Search through the register, by publication, advanced search, or search standard (browse through publications from recent dates).
- Design – Search through the register, by publication, advanced search, or search standard (browse through publications from recent dates).
- Topographies – This section links directly to a brief list of all Swiss topography registrations. The list includes the publication number (with a link to the full record), filing date, date of deletion, and applicant name for each topography record.
Additional help information is provided through a link above each search form (“Everything you need to know about this search”) and small question mark icons beside each search field.
Viewing Results on Swissreg
The hit list format depends on the intellectual property type and search form used, and users can customize the list by selecting how many results to display per page and choosing various fields to display as columns in the results list. Users can select a column heading to sort the list in ascending or descending order by that particular field (in alphabetical/numerical/chronological order). Users can also create a PDF of the results list.
The detailed view for an intellectual property record may include:
- Options to create a PDF of the current IP record or send a link to current IP record by email.
- Current status (bibliographic data).
- Link to the published documents on Espacenet (for patents).
- Representative images (for designs and trademarks).
- Legal status and publication history.
Additional help information about the hit list and detailed views is accessible through links at the top of each page (“Everything you need to know about this results list” and “Everything you need to know about this detailed view”).
Users can sign up for a “MyPage” account on Swissreg, which can be used for saving Swissreg searches to your account for automatic monitoring.
Professional patent searchers will most likely use free online portals created by IP offices for very supplemental and infrequent search tasks, such as locating the legal status for a specific Swiss patent record that can’t be located on a subscription patent database or through the European Patent Register. Knowledge of these obscure country-specific portals may help a searcher locate that one key piece of data that they weren’t able to locate through any other resource, so it never hurts for prior art searchers to have a broad knowledge of multiple free and subscription patent search portals for a wide range of issuing authorities. Swissreg additionally provides trademark, design, SPC, and even topography data, so searchers for other types of intellectual property may also find this portal potentially useful.
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This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.