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
Criteria for determining the origin of natural products
The criteria that determine the origin of natural products depend on the type of product. For plant products, for example a salad or an apple, the place of harvesting must be located in Switzerland. To be Swiss: mineral water must be extracted in Switzerland, hens must have spent the majority of their life in Switzerland, milk must come from cows reared in Switzerland and fish must be angled in Switzerland.
The origin of natural products is determined based on one of the following criteria:
- Mineral products. These include not only stone, crystals, salt, sand and gravel, but also mineral water. Origin is determined by the place where they were extracted.
- Plant products. For fruit, vegetables, plants, wood, etc., origin is determined by the place where they were harvested.
- Meat from livestock. Meat from livestock is Swiss if the animals have spent the predominant part of their lives in Switzerland.
- Game and fish. Origin is determined by the place where the hunting or fishing was carried out.
- Other animal-derived products. This category includes products such as milk and eggs. Origin is determined by the place where the animals were kept.
Where foodstuffs are concerned, the criteria comply with the substantive provisions of food law.
For natural products, the self-supply rate is irrelevant. Beekeepers can only label their honey with a Swiss indication of source if the above requirements are met. However, if the honey is used as a raw material in a foodstuff, the food manufacturer can take the self-supply rate into account.
Documents & links
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"