Training and courses at the IPI
Courses with a practical approach on areas related to the various IP rights for all levels of knowledge and experience.
The following questions will help you to develop a strategy to protect your trade mark and carefully plan for the filing of your trade mark:
A trade mark is only protected for the goods or services that you define in your application and for which you want to use the trade mark – e.g. the trade mark Beltina for bicycles and bicycle repair. You should think carefully and plan ahead when selecting these product and service categories, as once your trade mark has been registered, you can’t extend the protection to include additional goods and services.
Registering a trade mark nationally provides you with protection in Switzerland. However, you can also protect your trade mark in other countries. You can find further information under national or international protection.
Is your trade mark so similar that it could be confused with trade marks, domain names or company names that are already registered? Could it come into conflict with them? As we don’t check this, you should do a search yourself to find out whether identical or similar signs are already protected. If you register a trade mark that comes into conflict with already registered signs, someone can file opposition to your trade mark and make a request for its cancellation. In addition, a court can prohibit you from using the trade mark. In this case, products that already bear your trade mark would have to be relabelled or destroyed. Using images or logos in your trade mark that are protected by copyright may also lead to conflicts (see Copyright).
We are happy to answer any questions you have on the registration procedure. If you are unsure about choosing a trade mark or your trade mark strategy, or would like some advice in a case of conflict, please contact a trade mark consultant.
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