There are no structured formats to be followed for a copyright license. However, it is better to provide a written agreement for evidence purposes.
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.
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.
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:
The prescribed fees have to be paid before filing an application for trademark registration.
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.
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.
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 comprises:
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:
|Filing fees for protection of 10 years||550|
|Renewal for 10 years||700|
|Further processing fee||100|
|Renewal for the 4th year||100|
|Penalty for late payment of annual fees||50|
|International search for first-time application||1,315|
The benefits of intellectual property services to a business are listed below:
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