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New rules for validating EP Patents in Switzerland/Liechtenstein

Change of practice: Swiss agent can only be appointed after EPO grant date.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) announced that from 1 August 2019, European patents can now only be filed on or after the official grant date. Previously, it was possible to register a representative as soon as the grant date was published in the EPO register.

You can still send your validation instructions to us earlier than the grant date, but we will not be able to confirm completion until after the grant date. It is our standard practice to send you a confirmation of the validation and a link to the Swiss patent register once the agent appointment has been published.