Patent or utility model protection is the right thing for technical solutions to problems.
Technical developments can be protected by "technical" intellectual property rights, i.e., by filing a patent or a utility model. The technical implementation of a problem solution represents an invention. Put into words and supported by illustrations, it forms the basis for a patent or utility model application. The condition for recognition as a patent: the invention must be novel, based on an inventive step and be commercially viable. Clarifying this is often a complex task. Once an invention has been defined, the customer can register protection in Switzerland or via our network of correspondents in more than 150 countries. Riederer Hasler & Partner supports their clients from the discovery and formulation of their invention to the granting of their intellectual property rights in the desired countries.
A client may authorize or prohibit others from using the invention in countries where he has obtained patent protection. The term of protection is up to a maximum of twenty years after the filing date.
A typical time line from the idea to the grant of a patent is summarized in the adjacent diagram.