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
What the IPI can do in cases of unlawful use
The IPI primarily learns of potential unlawful use from the Swiss embassies abroad, from the Directorate General of Customs and private persons. Private persons monitor trade mark registers in the most important industrial nations to learn about unlawful uses as soon as possible. The IPI becomes involved when the interests of the Confederation are obviously affected, particularly when it concerns the Swiss coat of arms and/or Swiss cross that is potentially being misused. In Switzerland, the IPI informs the infringing person or infringing company in writing of the unlawful conduct and brings its attention to the applicable statutory regulations.
If such cases occur abroad, interventions take place in collaboration with the Swiss embassy. The IPI notifies the offending company – via the embassy – of its wrongful conduct and informs the involved trade associations. These can then decide on what measures to take.
For example: A company in Japan sells a dairy product which is produced in Japan but on the packaging, the Swiss cross and the designation "Swiss Caramel Caffè Latte" are affixed. After the Swiss embassy intervenes, the company refrains from using the deceptive designation and the Swiss cross.
The IPI or, respectively, the Swiss embassies monitor trade mark registrations in certain countries. The embassy will monitor new trademark registrations using a local agent which then regularly informs the Institute if a problematical trademark has been registered. If a trade mark contains the Swiss cross and/or the designation "Switzerland", the IPI informs the trade association about it so that it has the option to file opposition to the registration.
Other information about enforcement:
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Telephone +41 31 377 72 37
Documents & links
- Overview of the enforcement of "Swissness" by the IPI 2020
- Enforcing the ‘Swissness’ regulations abroad – an interview with Felix Addor and David Stärkle in German
- Overview of the enforcement of “Swissness” by the IPI 2018
- A review of the enforcement of «Swissness» in 2017
- Overview of the enforcement of “Swissness” by the IPI 2017
24.05.2023 | Media release, Copyright
Online service providers are to remunerate use of journalistic works
26.04.2023 | Media release, Law and policy
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
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"