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Switzerland

  • International Country Code:

    CH
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +02:00
  • Currency:

    Swiss franc (CHF)

Industrial Design registration in Switzerland

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  • Design fees

Fees associated with filing industrial design applications in Switzerland, as well as other design fees, are available in the fee calculator.

  • Term for filing a design application in Switzerland

The term for filing an industrial design application claiming priority in Switzerland is 6 months from the date of priority.

  • Minimum of filing documents in Switzerland

To obtain a filing date a design application in Switzerland should contain:
- request to register a design;
- representation of an industrial design;
- Power of Attorney.

  • Multiple design applications

Multiple industrial design applications are possible in Switzerland.

  • Power of Attorney requirements

Simply signed Power of Attorney should be submitted simultaneously with filing a design application. Legalization or notarization is not required.

  • Priority document

If the priority is claimed, priority document should be submitted within 6 months from the first filing date. Priority document drawn up in English, German, Italian or French will not require any further translation.

  • Examination of a design application in Switzerland

The industrial design application in Switzerland undergoes formal examination only.

  • Novelty grace period

The information about a design application does not disprove its novelty if such a disclosure is made by a designer or on behalf of a designer within 12 months before filing the application to the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI).

  • Grant, validity term and renewal

When the examination procedure is successfully completed, the IPI shall register a design in the Swiss register. After registration, the IPI shall publish a design online at www.swissreg.ch. The date of publication is the date of the grant. The official grant fee is not stipulated for design registration in Switzerland. The design registration in Switzerland is valid for 5 years from the date of registration. Protection can be renewed for another four terms of 5 years for a maximum period of 25 years upon payment of renewal fees.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

To perform the design prosecution in Switzerland, foreign persons should appoint an agent, a registered Swiss patent attorney.

  • Notes

Online Search Databases: Swiss Industrial Designs, International Designs.

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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