An individual mark is the most common category of trade mark. A company identifies its products and services with an individual mark, (e.g. SWISSCOM).
A collective mark represents the goods or services of an association of manufacturing, trading or service companies, (e.g. FLEUROP, COIFFEURSUISSE). Only associations can file a collective mark, not individuals. Regulations determine who is allowed to use the trade mark.
A guarantee mark provides a guarantee that goods and services possess specific characteristics (for example, regarding quality or geographical origin). The trade mark owner is responsible for meeting the requirements set out in the regulations. Anyone can file a guarantee mark. To avoid any conflict of interest, the trade mark owner is not allowed to use the trade mark himself nor have any business affiliation with users of the mark (e.g. IP SUISSE).
The geographical mark system necessarily implies the existence of a prior registration, a foreign (controlled) designation of origin recognised by Switzerland, a geographical indication, the existence of a Federal Council ordinance or an equivalent foreign regulation.
Study: How important IP rights are for the Swiss economy
Better international protection for Swiss quality products
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions
10.04.2019 | Event
The IPI at the Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva from 10 to 14 April 2019 - why not stop by and see us?