Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property

Bern Federal Department of Justice and Police Federal administration of Switzerland
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
(in German) Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum
(in French) Institut fédéral de la propriété intellectuelle
(in Italian) Istituto federale della proprietà intellettuale
(in Romansh) Institut federal da proprietad intellectuala
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Building of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in Bern.
Agency overview
JurisdictionFederal administration of Switzerland
HeadquartersBern
Minister responsible
Parent agencyFederal Department of Justice and Police
Websitewww.ige.ch

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (French: Institut fédéral de la propriété intellectuelle, IPI; German: Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum, IGE; Italian: Istituto federale della proprietà intellettuale), based in Bern, is an agency of the federal administration of Switzerland responsible for patents, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs and copyright.

It is part of the Federal Department of Justice and Police. Since 1996, it operates as an autonomous agency with control of its own budget. The IPI had around 265 employees in 2014.[citation needed]

History

The Federal Intellectual Property Agency was founded on 15 November 1888. Albert Einstein worked there as a patent clerk for several years, including 1905, his Annus Mirabilis (miracle year). That year, while continuing to work on patents, Einstein published four groundbreaking papers that are fundamental to modern physics.

The agency was renamed the Federal Office of Intellectual Property in 1978 as part of the new administrative organisation law. On 1 January 1996, it received the status of an independent public law institution and continued under the name of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI).

Mandate and services

The IPI's tasks are laid down in its own Federal Act on the Statute and Tasks of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property:[1]

Notable employees

Director Generals

Technical experts

See also

References

  1. ^ "Loi fédérale sur le statut et les tâches de l'Institut Fédéral de la Propriété Intellectuelle" (in French). Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. ^ Hofmann, Markus. "Der positive Technokrat" [The positive technocrat]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Catherine Chammartin wird neue Direktorin des Instituts für Geistiges Eigentum". EJPD news. Retrieved 15 June 2016.