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.
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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
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions