Switzerland

  • International Country Code:

    CH
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +02:00
  • Currency:

    Swiss franc (CHF)

Trademark registration in Switzerland

Switzerland
from 765.00
Number of Classes
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  • Trademark fees

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

  • Multiple-class applications

Multiple-class trademark applications are possible in Switzerland.

  • Minimum of filing documents in Switzerland

To obtain a filing date, a trademark application in Switzerland should contain:
- applicant’s details;
- representation of the trademark;
- list of goods and services for which the trademark is claimed;
- payment of prescribed fees;

  • Requirements to the Power of Attorney

A copy of a simply signed Power of Attorney should be submitted at the time of filing. No notarization or legalization is required.

  • Priority document

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

  • Opposition period

Opposition against trademark registration in Switzerland may be filed within three months from the publication of the registration. The opposition fee must also be paid within this time limit.

  • Provisional Refusal

The time limit to file a response to the provisional refusal of an international registration in Switzerland is 5 months from the date the Office issues the provisional refusal. It is possible to request an extension of this time limit. The language of the response is German, French or Italian. For foreign applicants, it is necessary to appoint a local representative or provide the Office with an address for correspondence in Switzerland.

After the response has been submitted, there is an option to request a revision of the final decision by the Office within 3 months (for relative grounds) or within 5 months (for absolute grounds). If the applicant is not satisfied by the revision, it is possible to appeal the final decision to the Federal Administrative Court within 2 months.

  • Grant, validity term and trademark renewal

When the examination procedure is successfully completed, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) shall register the trademark in the Swiss Trademark Register. After registration, the IPI shall publish a trademark online at www.swissreg.ch. The date of publication is the date of grant. After publication, a three-month opposition period begins. The official grant fee is not stipulated for trademarks in Switzerland. The trademark registration in Switzerland is valid for ten years from the filing date. Trademarks in Switzerland may be renewed within 12 months before the expiry of the validity term but not later than six months after its expiry by paying the extra fees.

  • Use requirement

The trademark in Switzerland may be cancelled if it has not been used within five years from the expiry of the opposition period with no opposition having been filed or upon conclusion of opposition proceedings.

  • Representation by a trademark attorney

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

  • Note

Online Search Databases: Swiss Trademarks, International Trademarks.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Oriti Patents on 23.01.2020
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Swiss IP Laws.

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