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Post registration

The register is freely accessible to the public and contains the product specification as well as other information (such as details of the certification body).
All producers who fulfil the requirements of the product specification and undergo the specified control procedure are allowed to use the denomination registered as a PAO or PGI. For Swiss PAOs and PGIs, this control procedure is carried out by a certification body.

If the protected denomination is not used or if the product specification is not respected, this may constitute grounds for cancelling the registration.

The extended protection afforded to a denomination through its registration as a PAO or PGI allows producers concerned and their representative associations to prompt the courts to stop any use of the denomination that does not conform to the product specification of the PAO or PGI. For offences, monetary penalties or custodial sentences may also be imposed in accordance with the Trade Mark Protection Act (Title 3 Legal Protection).

You can send your questions concerning appellations of origin and geographical indications for non-agricultural products by email to origin.adminnot shown@ekomm.ipito make life hard for spam bots.ch.

Requests to register or amend a product specification for a PAO or PGI  for a non-agricultural product as well as oppositions to the registration or amendment to a product specification for a PAO or PGI can be sent to the IPI by post or by email to origin.adminnot shown@ekomm.ipito make life hard for spam bots.ch (see the Terms of Use for the Electronic Submissions Process by Email, PDF).