Welcome to this joint edition of our “Legal Information” (no. 6/2022) and Trade Marks and Designs (no. 2022/12) newsletters.
Federal Council approves reduction of fees for trade mark protection
From 1 July 2023, it will cost 450 Swiss francs to file a trade mark with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) instead of the current 550 Swiss francs. In addition, the individual fee for protecting an international registration in Switzerland for three classes of goods will be reduced by 50 Swiss francs. The IPI will also offer an ‘e-discount’ of 100 Swiss francs from this date onwards for applications submitted electronically. A trade mark is protected for ten years from its filing date. After that, protection can be renewed indefinitely for ten years at a time. With effect from 1 July 2024, the renewal fee will be decreased from 700 to 550 Swiss francs.
The Federal Council approved the IPI’s amended Fee Ordinance at its meeting on 16.12.2022.
More information can be found in the Federal Council’s media release.
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Felix Addor, Deputy Director General
Eric Meier, Vice Director General