After registration


Your trade mark is now protected – what next?

After registration, your trade mark is protected in Switzerland for 10 years from the filing date without any additional costs.

However, you must use your trade mark at the latest five years after registration (known as the grace period), otherwise you could lose your rights.

If someone registered a similar or identical trade mark before you did, they can oppose the use of your trade mark.


Ask your opponent for an excerpt from the trade mark register. By comparing both trade marks and the protected goods and services, you'll get an initial idea of the potential risks. You can also enlist the help of a trade mark consultant for this.


WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

Mediation for Intellectual Property and Technology Disputes in Switzerland
The WIPO  Arbitration  and  Mediation Center  (WIPO  Center)  offers mediation,  arbitration  and  expert  determination options  to  enable  private  parties  to  efficiently  settle  their  domestic  or  cross-border commercial disputes. The WIPO Center is international and specialized in intellectual property (IP) and technology disputes. It has a strong focus on providing time- and cost-efficient proceedings.