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
Modifying your application
There may be a number of reasons why your application has not been accepted:
- There may be formal deficiencies, e.g. your goods and services are not correctly classified (see The List of Goods and Services), or the representation of the trade mark is not sufficient.
- There may be substantive deficiencies, e.g. perhaps your trade mark is deceptive or isn’t distinctive (see Requirements for protection).
We'll inform you in writing about the nature of the problem. Please feel free to contact us. We'll work with you to find a solution so that your trade mark can be registered – for example, you may have to alter the trade mark or the list of goods and services. Associated correspondence or telephone calls do not incur any extra costs.
Good to know:
Trade mark applications can be modified free of charge during the registration process.
Please note, however, that certain amendments to your application will cause the filing date to be postponed.
If your trade mark fails to meet the legal requirements despite our joint efforts, we must conclusively reject your application.
The bicycle manufacturer Perrin applies to register its trade mark Beltina swissmade on 4 October 2015. However, as the bicycles it manufactures are not made in Switzerland, we consider the trade mark to be misleading. Perrin therefore changes its trade mark to Beltina and notifies us on 12 March 2016. Its request for registration is accepted and the trade mark is protected from 12 March 2016 onwards.
Documents & links
24.05.2023 | Media release, Copyright
Online service providers are to remunerate use of journalistic works
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"