In principle, the Trade Mark Protection Act protects all indications of source for goods and services from being used inappropriately, without the need for a registration. It is also possible for interested industries to register geographical indications (e.g. “Genève” for watches) in a register as geographical marks. This allows them to obtain an official IP right in Switzerland and benefit from greater legal certainty. This significantly simplifies obtaining and enforcing protection in the future, particularly abroad.
Designations of origin and geographical indications of agricultural products and processed agricultural products are registered with the Federal Office for Agriculture. Applications must be submitted by a representative group of producers concerned and must include a product specification product specification that describes the product and the production process.
Designations of origin and geographical indications of non-agricultural products are registered with the IPI. In this case also, an application must be submitted by a representative group of producers concerned and must include a product specification that describes the product and the production process.
Geographical indications for wine (particularly AOCs) are regulated by specific federal and cantonal legislation.
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08.06.2020 | Patents
More support for innovative SMEs and start-ups – assisted patent searches at a reduced fee until the end of 2020
Better international protection for Swiss geographical indications
The IPI is actively participating in the WIPO dialogue on intellectual property and artificial intelligence
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions