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
Which denominations can be registered?
To be eligible to be registered as a Protected Appellation of Origin (PAO) or a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), a denomination must correspond to the definitions in the ordinance on the non-agricultural PAO and PGI register.
Characteristics of a PAO or PGI
Only a purely verbal denomination can be registered as a PAO or PGI. This denomination can be the name of a country, a region or a place (e.g. a town or city). It can also be a traditional name, namely a denomination that although is not the name of a place, is clearly associated with a defined geographical origin in the mind of the public.
A denomination must be actually used in relation to the products concerned by identifying an essential or exclusive link between the quality, the characteristics or the reputation of the product and its geographical origin. Generic denominations cannot be registered as PAO or PGI because the public has no particular expectations as to the geographical origin of the product.
Link between the product and its geographical origin
A PAO or a PGI identifies a special link between the geographical origin and a particular product, whereas an indication of source applies to all products and all services. For the registration of a PAO or PGI, the link between the characteristics of the product and its geographical origin is embodied in the product specification. In the case of several types of products identified by the same denomination, a separate application for registration must be submitted for each of the products individually.
You can send your questions concerning appellations of origin and geographical indications for non-agricultural products to our experts by email.
Email: aop-igp@ipi .ch
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26.04.2023 | Media release, Law and policy
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
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"