Patents for Mechanics & Machines

Manufacturing

In a rapidly changing manufacturing industry, do the same intellectual property strategies still apply?

Switzerland has exceptional know-how in machine tools and the precision industry. This is especially true in the Jura region, owing to the vibrant watchmaking industry. It was in this environment that P&TS, based in Neuchâtel, acquired extensive experience in protecting inventions in the sphere of machines and mechanics.

The manufacturing sector is now our largest. This gives us a particular edge when it comes to recent developments, such as on-demand manufacturing, 3D printing and fab labs. Amidst all this change, it is essential to develop new intellectual property strategies that line up with Industry 4.0. A company’s strategy must be capable of protecting the design and patent aspects of its inventions, especially given the heightened risk of counterfeiting brought about by scanners and 3D printers.

Our other advantage is our location. Companies in this sector are battling mainly Swiss, German and French rivals. Because we have offices in these countries, as well as in the UK and Ireland, we can file applications for patents, trademarks and designs ourselves without a middleman and at very competitive costs. We also employ Swiss, German, French and UK patent attorneys who know the law in these key markets inside and out.

Here are some of our areas of expertise:
  • CNC machines (bar turning, transfer machines, finishing machines, bevelling machines and other metal-cutting machines)
  • Industry 4.0, 3D printing, additive construction
  • Robotics
  • Assembly machines
  • Injection and extrusion processes
  • Machines for electronic component manufacturing and testing
  • Laser machining, laser-water jet, femto-laser, electro-erosion, SACE process
  • Machine components, including combustion engines and electric motors, bearings, rollers, guideways
  • Machine control, including CNC control, metrology
  • Civil engineering machinery
  • Mechanical components, including bearings, rollers, smart systems, seals, gaskets
  • Automotive supply industry, including tyres

CONTACT

Christophe Saam, European Patent Attorney

Christophe Saam