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
- A trademark application has to be filed before the Patent Office by a local agent.
- A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient.
- Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
- A trademark registration in Switzerland is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
- 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.
- Documents to be filed in the application for registration of a trade mark:
- A request for the registration of a trade mark (Trade Mark Registration Application Form);
- An authorization document or reference to an authorization document submitted earlier if the applicant has a representative;
- Documents certifying priority if priority is claimed;
- Information concerning payment of the state fee;
- 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
- The process of registration of trade marks undergoes the following stages:
- Preliminary Search;
- Application for Registration;