Intellectual Property Services in Switzerland

IP Services in Switzerland

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) index describes Switzerland as the leading nation for innovation. Its favorable business environment and solid innovative strategies have made Switzerland a highly successful country. The country of innovative minds has filed the most patent applications to the European Patent Office. So, let us look at how IP rights are protected in Switzerland.

1. Trademark

Trademark is a sign that protects and differentiates a company’s products or services from those of other companies. Trademark includes signs, slogans, graphic images, and numbers or even sounds. A trademark in Switzerland remains valid for 10 long years.

Trademark Registration Procedure in Switzerland

Anyone may file a trademark application in Switzerland. When submitting an application with the Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI), the following documents must be submitted:

  • An application for registration with the name or company name details of the applicant
  • A representation of the trademark
  • The list of goods or services for which the trademark is to be claimed

The prescribed fees have to be paid before filing an application for trademark registration.

2. Patent

Patent is an intellectual property right for protecting technical inventions. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property protects your invention for up to 20 years. A new invention in the industry is granted with patents. Patents are granted without the State guarantee.

3. Copyright

The Copyright Act (CopA) protects works of art, performers, film and music producers as well as broadcasting organizations. The period of protection is up to 70 years after the death of the author. Protection for computer programs is only for 50 years.

4. Design

Designs include two-dimensional designs and three-dimensional forms. It is valid for 5 years, and renewable up to a maximum of 25 years.

The National IP Law of Switzerland

The national IP law of Switzerland comprises:

  • Trademark Law
  • Patent Law
  • Design Law
  • Indications of Source
  • Copyright Law
  • Other Industrial Property Rights

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual property is an agency of the federal administration of Switzerland responsible for evaluating, granting and governing intellectual property rights. The IPI (Intellectual Property Institute) is the federal government’s contact point for all questions concerning patents, geographical designations, trademarks, copyright, and design protection.

The activities of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property are:

  • It acts as the first point of contact for all those who need industrial intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks and designs, in Switzerland
  • The IPI safeguards the interests of the Swiss Confederation
  • It acts as the advising body for federal authorities and federal council on matters concerning intellectual property

Intellectual Property Fee Structure in Switzerland

1. Trademark

Description Fee (CHF)
Filing fees for protection of 10 years 550
Class surcharge 100
Trademark examination 400
Objection filing 800
Renewal for 10 years 700
Surcharge 50
Further processing fee 100

2. Swiss Patent

Description Fee (CHF)
Application 200
Search 500
Additional claim 50
Examination 500
Expedited examination 200
Renewal for the 4th year 100
Penalty for late payment of annual fees 50
Processing 100
Reinstatement 500
Opposition 800
International search for first-time application 1,315

Benefits of Availing Intellectual Property Services

The benefits of intellectual property services to a business are listed below:

  • They help to set your business apart from competitors
  • They increase customer loyalty
  • They act as a tool for marketing or branding
  • They are a source of innovation
  • They can be used as a security for financial instruments

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