Creations which meet these conditions benefit from design protection
- The design must be new. This condition has been met when no other identical design has been published before filing for protection.
- The design must exhibit uniqueness. This condition is met when the design sufficiently differs from existing designs in significant points.
- The design may not go against public morality or law.
Applications for design protection are not examined for novelty in Switzerland. We recommend that you check this yourself by searching in databases, eg. in Swissreg for national designs, or in Designview if you would like to search data in other countries. Also check in specialty stores, look at the competition, go to exhibitions and look at the trade literature to see if identical or similar designs already exist.
Harmonisation and partial revision of guidelines as of 1 July 2023
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"