Intellectual property protection in Switzerland

Intellectual property system in Switzerland

1. Switzerland general info

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. Switzerland is a federal directorial republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, called Bundesstadt ("federal city"). The country is situated in Western and Central Europe and is bordered by Italy to the South, France to the West, Germany to the North, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the East.

International Country Code: CH

Time zone: CEST (Central European Summer Time), UTC/GMT +2 hours                           

Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)

Brief information about Patent registration in Switzerland (non-PCT)

Brief information about Patent registration in Switzerland (PCT national phase)

Brief information about Trademark registration in Switzerland

Brief information about Industrial Design registration in Switzerland

2. IP Legal Base in Switzerland

Federal Act on Patents for Inventions
Federal Act on the Protection of Designs
Federal Act on the Protection of Trademarks and Indications of Source
Federal Act on the Protection of New Plant Varieties
Federal Act on the Protection of Topographies of Semi-Conductor Products

3. International organizations/agreements

Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks
Patent Law Treaty
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Trademark Law Treaty
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Brussels Convention Relating to the Distribution of Programme-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite
Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property

4. Patent Office Contact Details

Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Stauffacherstrasse 65/59g
CH-3003 Bern
Phone: (41 31) 377 77 77
Fax: (41 31) 377 77 78
Email: info@ipi.ch    
www.ige.ch

5. IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in Switzerland are available in the fee calculator.

The above information was verified on 16/03/2018
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Swiss IP Laws.

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