Register a Trade Mark in Switzerland
A European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) will not confer legal protection in Switzerland. And, yet, by the mere fact of its location in Europe, Switzerland will highly likely be a jurisdiction in which you will conduct trade. Hence, you need a Swiss Trade Mark registration. Fortunately, as a result of the central system used by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), it is possible to apply easily for the same trademark in 100 other countries after applying in Switzerland. Unfortunately, Swiss trademark application forms are only available in French, German, and Italian. For this and several other reasons, it is best to work with professionals to assist you in getting your Swiss Trade Mark registered successfully.
Additional Class (starting from the 4th) in Switzerland
Switzerland Trade Mark One-Stop-Shop
We provide everything you need to register and thereby protect your trade mark in Switzerland.
We will have your trademark ready for you in 365 days.
Best Customer Support
Our team of trade mark experts will advise you on anything and everything you need to properly register your trade mark in Switzerland.
Our trade mark registration package takes care of everything you need to register your trade mark in Switzerland, including advice on strategy and classification.
- Includes up to three classes
- Trade mark search
- Advice on strategy
- Advice on classification
Copyrights, Designs, Patents And Trade Marks
A copyright is a form of protection provided to authors for their original work. This includes creative and intellectual work like:
The owner has exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute or perform the work publicity.
Copyright do not require registration and the owner will have protection in most countries.
A trademark is a sign which distinguishes a company’s product or service from its competitors. A trademark can be a:
The owner has exclusive rights touse the trade mark and legally prevent its unauthorized use.
Trade marks are specific to a country or a union like the EU. Trade marks for 10 years.
A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the government to an inventor for the exclusive exploitation of their invention.
The owner has legal rights to exclude others from making. using or selling the patent.
Patents are specific to a country. A patent normally lasts for 20 years.
A registered design is protection provided to the appearance of a product or part of a product. It defines how a product looks.
The owner has legal protection from others copying the design for their product.
Registered designs are specific to a country. A registered design normally lasts for 25 years.
Trade Mark Search
The small country of Switzerland received almost 100,000 trademark applications in 2018. It is imperative to conduct a trademark search before filing for a trademark.
Advice on Strategy
Registering a Swiss trademark requires an overall strategy to ensure the highest possible chances of success. We will assist you with an overall trademark registration strategy.
Advice on Classification
There are 45 classes into which a trade mark can fall. Assigning your Swiss trade mark into the correct categories (up to three) is crucial to avoid deficiencies in filing.
Once we have established a proper strategy and classification for your Swisstrade mark, we will take care of all the complexities involved in filing your Swiss trade mark’s application and keeping tabs on its progress!
How it Works
Check the product out in your shopping cart
Simply add the product you need to your shopping cart and then check it out to start your Swiss trademark registration process.
Answer some questions
We will send you some simple questions for you to fill in so that we can properly prepare for registering your trademark. If needed, we’ll get in touch with you directly for more information.
Sit back and relax
Let us do the work to set up your Swiss trademark. We’ll get in touch with you any time there is something that needs to be addressed.
You might want to celebrate after the trademark is approved. It’s a huge achievement. We’ll celebrate right along with you!
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Here are some common questions about registering a trademark in Switzerland.
How long is a Swiss trade mark valid for?
A Swiss trademark must be renewed every 10 years. If, however, the mark has not been used for five years, it can be challenged in front of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and thereby revoked. Any person is able to file such a claim before the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.
What kind of marks can be registered in Switzerland?
According to Switzerland’s Trade Mark Protection Act, any signs can be used as a trademark, provided (1) that they can be represented graphically, and (2) that those signs are used to distinguish services or goods from other services or goods in the Swiss market. Colors, letters, numbers, words, images, slogans, and even 3D elements can be registered as trade marks.
What is the general procedure for registering a trade mark in Switzerland?
The procedure is quite involved and lengthy. Expert assistance is highly recommended.
The procedure (more or less) is:
- Conduct a trade mark search
- Prepare a strategy
- Decide on the mark’s classes
- Apply for the trade mark
- Undergo examination on filing for “early trade mark exemption”
- Application then becomes accessible on SwissReg
- Certificate of filing
- Formal and substantive examination
- National registration
- Publication on SwissReg
- Certificate of registration
The opposition period lasts three months from the date of publication on SwissReg. Opponents can register an opposition to the filing during this stage.
Does Switzerland use a “first-to-file” or “first-to-use” system?
Switzerland is a first-to-file jurisdiction. Trademark protection is therefore only available after registration. There might, however, be exceptions under Swiss copyright law and the Federal Act against Unfair Competition for marks which were in use prior to filing.
Are multi-class trade mark applications allowed in Switzerland?