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 origin for services
A company may promote its services as being Swiss provided that its headquarters are situated in Switzerland.
The significant activities of the company and the significant decisions which have direct influence on the company must be at the place of the actual headquarters.
The law also takes into account different company structures. Company subsidiaries and foreign branches of a Swiss parent company may use the indication of source "Swiss" under the following cumulative conditions:
- The parent company is headquartered in Switzerland
- The parent company or one of its subsidiaries (which is actually controlled by it and whose headquarters are in Switzerland) is actually administered from Switzerland
- The indication of source is used for services similar to those provided by the parent company or the subsidiary in question
These criteria ensure that the parent company, which itself is commercially active, is able to actually control the services offered by one of its foreign subsidiaries.
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"