Qualified indications of source are also protected against incorrect use by the Trade Mark Protection Act. They don't need to be registered as such either.
However, appellations of origin and geographical indications can be registered for reasons of legal certainty. For agricultural products and processed agricultural products, the Federal Office for Agriculture is the competent authority. The application must be submitted by a representative group of producers concerned and include a product specification that defines the product and its method of production.
As to appellations of origin and geographical indications for non-agricultural products, they can be registered with the IPI. In this case also, the application must be submitted by a representative group of producers concerned and include a product specification that defines the product and its method of production.
Geographical indications for wines (including AOs) are regulated by specific federal and cantonal legislation.
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