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02.12.2016 | 2016 archive, Media release

Modernisation of copyright law generally welcomed

On 2 December 2016, the Federal Council acknowledged the results of the consultation on the partial revision of the Copyright Act (CopA). The report on the results shows that modernising copyright law is generally welcomed although views on the course to take diverge widely. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) is therefore currently carrying out a review and will submit a proposal...

02.12.2016 | 2016 archive, Media release

Harmonisation of procedures before the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and new Fee Ordinance

On 2 December 2016, the Federal Council adopted amendments to the Trade Mark Ordinance, the Design Ordinance and the Patent Ordinance. These amendments harmonise procedures before the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) to the extent permitted by applicable law. This is to simplify the system. The Federal Council has, at the same time, approved the formal total revision of...

23.11.2016 | 2016 archive, Media release

Strengthening “Swiss Made” for cosmetics: new "Swiss Made" Ordinance comes into force on 1.1.2017

The Federal Council approved the "Swiss Made" Ordinance for Cosmetics at its meeting on 23 November 2016. This strengthens the good reputation of the “Swiss Made” brand for cosmetics as well as Switzerland as a location for research and production. The ordinance enters into force on 1 January 2017. More information. Media release in German / French / Italian

| 2015 archive, Media release

The Federal Council approves the 'Swissness' legislative amendment and opens the consultation procedure on a draft for an amendment to the 'Swiss Made' Ordinance for Watches

The Federal Council carried out Parliament's mandate on Wednesday and approved the implementing ordinances for the 'Swissness' legislative amendment. In doing so, the Federal Council has fully utilised the legal framework available. It has taken into consideration the legitimate concerns of the industries concerned as well as all substantive recommendations made by the parliamentary committees...

03.07.2015 | 2015 archive, Media release

Catherine Chammartin to become new Director General of the Institute of Intellectual Property

The Federal Council appointed Catherine Chammartin as the new Director General of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) on Wednesday. She will take up her post on 1 November 2015. Medienmitteilung (pdf, 18 KB)Communiqué de presse (pdf, 124 KB)Comunicato stampa (pdf, 124 KB)

15.06.2015 | 2015 archive, Media release

The Institute of Intellectual Property financially supports the participation of indigenous peoples at a WIPO seminar in June 2015

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is financing the participation of indigenous peoples at a seminar of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The seminar aims to serve as a platform for the direct transfer of information and knowledge on the subjects of intellectual property, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, with participation aiming to...

01.09.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release

Agreement on geographical indications between Switzerland and Jamaica enters into force

The agreement between Switzerland and Jamaica on the protection of geographical indications (GIs) enters into force today. It improves protection for designations such as Emmental, Gruyère and Switzerland as well as the Swiss cross and the cantonal coats of arms. For further information, please see the press release.

25.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release, Law and policy

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Tajikistan and Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of a new cooperation project focusing on intellectual property (press release, pdf 388 KB).

30.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release, Law and policy

Better protection for 'Made in Switzerland' and the Swiss cross

The Federal Council began the consultation procedure for the four 'Swissness' implementing regulations on 20 June 2014. See press release (available in German, French and Italian only, pdf 24 KB). These ordinances further specify the improvements adopted by Parliament on protecting the 'Made in Switzerland' designation and the Swiss cross with precise rules and lead to more clarity and legal...

06.06.2014 | 2014 archive, Media release, Law and policy

Modernisation of copyright

The Federal Council is aiming to modernise copyright law and adapt the rights and obligations of creative artists, consumers and providers to the realities of the internet through targeted measures. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will draft a bill for the consultation procedure by the end of 2015. For this draft bill, the FDJP will draw up on recommendations approved by the...