Federal Patent Court (Switzerland)

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Federal Patent Court of Switzerland
German: Bundespatentgericht
French: Tribunal fédéral des brevets
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LocationSankt Gallen
Appeals toFederal Supreme Court of Switzerland
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The Swiss Federal Patent Court (German: Bundespatentgericht, French: Tribunal fédéral des brevets) is a Swiss federal court competent for particular legal matters, such as patent cases. It has its seat in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland.[1]

In Switzerland, the court has exclusive jurisdiction with regard to the Swiss/Liechtenstein unitary patents, whether these unitary patents are European patents or "national" patents, in questions of validity and infringement disputes, preliminary measures and enforcement of decisions made under its exclusive jurisdiction.[2]

Appeal is possible (with regard to legal issues) to the Federal Supreme Court.[3] The court started its work in 2012, taking over jurisdiction from 26 individual cantonal courts and consists of panels of both legally and technically qualified judges.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Federal Patent Court - Welcome". patentgericht.ch. Retrieved 21 December 2013. The seat of the Federal Patent Court is in St. Gallen.
  2. ^ "Federal Act on the Federal Patent Court". Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b C.P. Rigamonti (30 March 2011). "The New Swiss Patent Litigation System". Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and e-Commerce Law. 2: 3. SSRN 1799343.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rigamonti, Cyrill P. (2013). "Swiss Patent Jurisprudence 2012". Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law (JIPITEC). 4: 53. SSRN 2254877.

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