Once you’ve deposited your design, applied for a patent for your invention, or registered your trade mark, you do not need to keep anything secret. Get the word out about your product and advertise!
Advertising flyers can be copyright protected if they have an individual character. Protection arises automatically with the creation of the work; registration is not required.
Do you want to use your trade mark on the internet? This is a special case in legal terms. trade mark protection is territorial: that means that a trade mark is only protected in the countries or regions for which it is registered. In contrast, the «world wide web» is not territorial. Conflicts can arise on the internet between similar or identical trade marks registered for protection in different countries. There have been few cases on this and the judicature varies from country to country.
- Is someone else creating your advertising? We recommend that you draw up a written agreement regarding ownership of the copyrights and how they will be compensated the very beginning.
- Pictures and names of other people may not be used for advertising without their permission. This is set down in the provisions regarding personality rights in the Swiss civil code.
21.09.2018 | Law and policy
Information event on the revised Patents Act for experts and practitioners
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office