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
Use of ‘Swissness’ for advertising purposes
The indication “Swiss” – whether used on its own or together with other terms such as “Made in Switzerland”, “Swiss recipe” or “Swiss quality” – is an indication of source. Figurative marks such as the Swiss cross, the Matterhorn, Wilhelm Tell and Helvetia are also considered Swiss indications of source.
A manufacturer or service provider does not require any authorisation to use a “Swiss” indication of source. This means that it can be used freely, provided that it is accurate, i.e. the goods or services in question actually originate in Switzerland. This guarantees that if “Switzerland” is on the outside, “Switzerland” is on the inside too. Companies wanting to use a “Swiss” indication of source must therefore ensure that their goods or services comply with the criteria enshrined in law for Swiss origin.
Unlike the Swiss cross, private companies are not permitted to use the Swiss coat of arms.
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"