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3 March 2017


Newsletter no. 2/2017 “Legal Information”

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

We have the pleasure of sending you herewith no. 2/2017 of our Newsletter “Legal Information”. We hope you will enjoy reading it.


 Modernisation of copyright law – compromise in the AGUR12 II
02WTO revises TRIPS Agreement
03First Swiss depositary institution under the Budapest Treaty

01    Modernisation of copyright law – compromise in the AGUR12 II

The copyright working group AGUR12 II concluded its work on 2 March 2017 and reached a compromise on various issues. The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will take into consideration the results of the AGUR12 II on the revision of the Copyright Act and submit a proposal on how to proceed to the Federal Council by July 2017.


02    WTO revises TRIPS Agreement

The TRIPS Agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was revised on 23 January 2017. The revision of the agreement provides poorer WTO members with access to generic drugs. This change is in particular important for those countries that do not have their own pharmaceutical industry. This is the first revision of a WTO agreement since the organisation was created in 1995. Switzerland had already ratified the amendment on 13 September 2006, being the second country worldwide to do so, and has provided for the possibility of a compulsory license for the export of medicines under the Swiss Patents Act since 1 July 2008.


03    First Swiss depositary institution under the Budapest Treaty
Microorganisms can now be deposited for the purposes of a patent procedure at the Culture Collection of Switzerland (CCOS), which is headquartered in Waedenswil (Notification of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) of 16 January 2017).
Other depositary institutions recognised by the IPI: International depositary institutions under the Budapest Treaty.


04    Training


Yours sincerely,

Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Felix Addor
Deputy Director General