Swiss Patent Box

On 19 May 2019, the Swiss electorate voted in favour of implementing the Swiss patent box. Tax advantages on income generated from intellectual property rights will become a valuable tool for companies in Switzerland to promote research and development activities and to generate added value in these areas.

In future, the Swiss patent box will make it possible to tax part of the profits from inventions at a reduced rate. Additionally, cantons will have the option of providing an additional deduction of up to 50% of R&D expenditure.

Which companies benefit from the Swiss patent box?

All companies that conduct research and development in Switzerland and generate patentable technology may benefit from the patent box. The legal ownership of a patent is not important, the decisive factor is the economic ownership (i.e. who has borne the costs of the innovation).

Which IP rights qualify for the Swiss patent box?

Under the new Swiss law, the following IP rights are eligible for the patent box:

  • Swiss and foreign patents
  • Comparable Swiss and foreign rights as supplementary protection certificates, topographies, plant varieties, as well as documents protected under therapeutic products law and designations protected under agricultural law

Product patents as well as method patents qualify for the patent box.

What is your next step?

It is worthwhile for all companies with scientific and technological developments to review their patent strategy from an intellectual property and tax point of view, allowing them to benefit from the advantages of the patent box. An optimal tax advantage is achieved by a combination of competences in tax and patent law.

Cooperation between RENTSCH PARTNER and PwC Switzerland in the field of the Swiss patent box

Companies with research and development activities in Switzerland should review their IP and patent strategy from a tax point of view, in order to benefit from tax advantages offered by the patent box system adopted on 19 May 2019 by the Swiss voters.

RENTSCH PARTNER's attorneys at law and patent attorneys and the tax experts of PwC Switzerland combine their expertise on the patent box system and help Swiss companies to benefit from the novel tax advantages for their business.

For further questions, please contact our patent box experts Matthias Städeli, Attorney at Law (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Alfred Köpf, Patent Attorney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Further information can be found at and