For IP professionals
This is the portal for professionals working in the field of intellectual property. Here you'll find direct access to all necessary resources.
- Trade Mark Database
- Register changes for trade marks
- Madrid Monitor
- International trade mark registration
- Trade Mark Guidelines (German, French, Italian)
- Classification tool for trade marks
- Trade mark examination support tool
- Trade marks: Costs and fees
- Trade marks: WIPO fee calculator
- Cancellation procedure for trade marks on the grounds of non-use
- Protected public signs: Abbreviations
- Protected public signs: Other signs (emblems)
- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
- Trade marks: News Service Archive
- Patents: Patent Examination Guidelines (German, French)
- Patents: Fees
Requirements for protecting your design
The Swiss Designs Act (DesA) stipulates both the requirements for protection (Art. 2 DesA) and the grounds for refusal (Art. 4 DesA) of a design.
In order to protect your design, it must be:
- not yet publicly known
- sufficiently distinctive from existing designs in key features.
Your design must not:
- be unlawful
- go against public morals
- be only comprised of features that are dictated solely by the technical function of the product.
We examine whether there are any grounds for refusal with the exception of the point on technical function; it is up to you, however, to check that your design meets the requirements for protection.
Documents & links
09.02.2023 | Patents
“A competitor wanted to intimidate us”
19.01.2023 | Law and policy, Event
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"