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Trade mark protection

What is protected?Registered signs from misuse by others
How does it become protected?Registration in the trade mark register
Minimum requirements• Does not infringe on others’ rights
• Distinctive
• Not descriptive
• Not against public order or public morality
No protection for• Simple signs
• Abbreviations
• Generic designations
• Coats of arms
• etc.
What are the exceptions?When not used as a trade mark
Scope of protectionDefined by the sign and the goods and services classes
Period of protection10 years (indefinitely renewable)
Indications of protection• ® = registered trade mark
• ™ = trade mark
Use optional, wrongful use punishable by law
Application fees (CH)CHF 550
Renewal / maintenance fees (CH)CHF 700 (10 years)
Unique to SwitzerlandInfringement of earlier IP rights not examined for (trade mark search recommended)