Set Up a Software Company in Switzerland

Set Up a Software Company in Switzerland

Updated on Wednesday 22nd March 2023

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Set-Up-a-Software-Company-in-Switzerland.jpgThe software industry in Switzerland is an increasing field of activity and the projections for 2018 are showing that this sector will increase in revenues by 14,2%. More importantly, throughout 2018, Swiss software companies are expecting to increase the number of employees by 11,3% (compared to 5,9% in 2017).
At the same time, the level of exports of software products may increase in 2018 and investors who want to set up a business in this sector can benefit from thriving market conditions related to the software industry. Our team of Swiss lawyers can offer legal assistance on the registration of a software business, which can also need a set of business permits, as prescribed for the specific company operations developed here. 


Top software activities in Switzerland 

The software sector in Switzerland is comprised of several sub-sectors. The most relevant activity conducted by Swiss companies is represented by the custom software manufacturer (36,3%)
The following video provides a short presentation on how to register a software company in Switzerland

The following top software activities are:
standard software manufacturer (32,7%);
consulting (11,6%);
software integrator (7,6%);
technology and service providers (5%);
other types of related activities. 
However, in terms of revenues, the leading sub-sector in Switzerland is represented by consulting activities
Investors who want to set up a company in Switzerland in the software industry should also know that the highest rates of employees are hired in the following sub-sectors
custom software manufacturer (32% of the employees operating in the software industry);
standard software manufacturer (31,1%);
consulting (27,7%)
Our team of lawyers in Switzerland can offer legal assistance on the regulations concerning the employees working in the software industry
If you are the representative of a foreign company and need to open a Swiss bank account for a branch, you will need to complete various steps. The procedure for the creation of corporate accounts usually takes longer, so be prepared with all the requested information and documents in order to diminish the process to the minimum.
In order to provide specialized assistance based on the situation at hand, our Swiss law firm has assembled a diverse group of subject-matter experts. For instance, if you need assistance buying or selling a house, you can get advice from our real estate attorneys. They are able to provide comprehensive information and responses on this topic.

Intellectual property for software products in Switzerland 

The owners of software products that will be sold in Switzerland can protect their work under the Copyright Act. A software product in protected in Switzerland based on the structure of the program, which has to respect specific requirements, as prescribed by the Section 2 of the Copyright Act
Businessmen can contact our law firm in Switzerland for consultancy services concerning the intellectual property regulations available for this industry.