Guide for Innovative and Creative Minds


Internet presence

Would you like your company to be online? Then remember to register your domain name as soon as possible.

Domain names that end with .ch (Switzerland) and .li (Liechtenstein) can be registered via various accredited registrars. The top-level domain .swiss is administered by OFCOM.

Find out if the domain name you want to use is still available. You can search for domain names that have already been registered via the websites of accredited registrars.

Did you know that a protected trade mark and a domain name can conflict with each other? Before you register your domain name, we recommend that you determine whether identical or similar names have already been registered as trade marks. To do this, you can have a search provider carry out a search for you.

Caution: if you want to patent your invention or protect the design of your product, we strongly recommend not putting your website online until you've filed for protection. Publishing information about your product would destroy the novelty of it and make the invention or design ineligible for protection.

Further information



  • Trade mark database: In the IPI's trade mark database, you will find all Swiss trade marks and trade mark applications, and have access to international trade marks with protection extended to Switzerland. In it, you can carry out an initial search for trade marks registered in Switzerland. However, please note that a search in this database is not sufficient to fully clarify whether there is any conflict between one sign and another. You can find more information on this in the help section of the trade mark database.



  • Professional searches: Searches for identical or similar trade marks protected in Switzerland can be carried out by a variety of professional providers.