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.
21.09.2018 | Law and policy
Information event on the revised Patents Act for experts and practitioners
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève
Patents and pharmaceuticals - Public event at the IPI in collaboration with the European Patent Office