Design protection

What is protected?

Shapes and forms i.e. the exterior appearance of an object

How does it become protected?

Registration in the design register

Minimum requirements
  • Novel
  • Overall impression must clearly differentiate from existing shapes and forms
  • Not against public order or public morality
No protection for
  • Purely technical functions
  • Ideas and concepts
  • Anything that violates federal law (e.g. protection of coats of arms) and treaties
What exceptions are there?


Scope of protection

Defined by the illustration of the design

Period of protection

5 years (renewable thereafter 4 × 5 years) 

Maximum of 25 years

Indications of protection

mod. dep.
Use optional; misuse punishable by law

Application fee (CH)

CHF 200 (basic fee) including publication of one illustration

Renewal fee (CH)

CHF 200 (5 years)

Unique to Switzerland
  • Publication can be deferred for up to 30 months
  • Novelty not examined for

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