Legally, a trade mark is a protected sign that distinguishes a company’s products or services from those of other companies. All graphical representations of a sign can, in principle, be a trade mark within the meaning of the law such as words, combinations of letters, numbers, graphic images, and three-dimensional forms, and slogans, combinations of these elements or even sound trademarks, which are made up of a sequence of notes

Trademark registration in Switzerland Key Features

  1. A trademark application has to be filed before the Patent Office by a local agent.
  2. A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient.
  3. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
  4. A trademark registration in Switzerland is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
  5. If the trademark has not been used within 5 years from registration or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.
  6. Documents to be filed in the application for registration of a trade mark:
  7. A request for the registration of a trade mark (Trade Mark Registration Application Form);
  8. An authorization document or reference to an authorization document submitted earlier if the applicant has a representative;
  9. Documents certifying priority if priority is claimed;
  10. Information concerning payment of the state fee;
  11. Regulations of the collective mark or guarantee mark if the application is filed for the registration of a collective mark or guarantee mark. 

Switzerland Trade Mark Registration Process of Registration

  1. The process of registration of trade marks undergoes the following stages:
  2. Preliminary Search;
  3. Application for Registration;
  4. Examination;
  5. Advertisement;
  6. Opposition;
  7. Registration.