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
The ‘Category’ filter only applies to international signs (Type: WIPO signs).
- Abbreviation: abbreviations, also known as acronyms in technical jargon, e.g. UNO.
- Emblem: logo of an organisation, often combined with verbal elements.
- Flag: generally the rectangular flag of a state. Please note – ‘Flag’ under the ‘Category’ filter corresponds to the national subcategory ‘Flags’.
- Name: names of organisations written in full, e.g. WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION.
- Official hallmark: state-regulated signs which are characterised by an official hallmark, for example, precious metal content.
- State emblem: signs, not flags or armorial bearings, which publicly designate a state, for example, seals and stamps.
- Armorial bearing: a shield-shaped representation of a (national) coat of arms. Please note – ‘Armorial bearing’ under the ‘Category’ filter corresponds to the national subcategory ‘Coats of arms’.
The state which has registered the sign for protection. The number of signs from this state is shown in brackets.
Subcategory type of sign
The signs of the cantonal public bodies (Art. 5 CAPA) can be divided into three subcategories:
- Coats of arms: the shield-shaped coats of arms of communes, cantons and other districts
- Flags: the flags of these areas in rectangular or square form
- Other emblems: other signs protected by cantonal and/or communal laws
- Protected signs: national emblems, protection based on the Coat of Arms Protection Act (CAPA) and Coat of Arms Protection Ordinance (CAPO), for example cantonal and communal coats of arms
- WIPO signs: names, abbreviations and representations of organisations, as well as various emblems and signs from member states
Types of sign
The various types of sign are defined in the corresponding articles of the law (CAPA and CAPO).
- Accreditation mark (Art. 4 let. d CAPO)
- Hallmark (Art. 4 let. c CAPO)
- Cantonal public body (Art. 5 CAPA)
- Control sign (Art. 4 let. a CAPO)
- Swiss public sign (Art. 1-3 CAPA)
The Vienna Classification was established in 1973 by the Vienna Agreement and is an international system for the classification of figurative elements of marks. You can find more information here: WIPO: Vienna Classification.
09.02.2023 | Patents
“A competitor wanted to intimidate us”
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"