Interestingly, during the anti-patent speeches that were common to Europe in the mid 1860s and later, Switzerland was often put up on a proud shelf for its lack of patent system.
That is where the irony begins:
- Switzerland would play such an important role in drafting the text of the Paris Convention, Berne was chosen as the headquarters for the Central Bureau of the Union, which was in charge of the administration and supervision of the convention.
- WIPO would be stationed in Berne.
- Einstein worked at Swiss Patent Office. We all know what happened during his less productive hours on the job.
Strangely, today, Switzerland ranks eighth in the world in patents.
On a per-capita basis, it is number one (source: WIPO). See Here.