It is important to consider registering a trademark in Switzerland because, although not part of the European Union, it is one of the three main commercial partners of the E.U. together with the United States and China; in addition to being a solid economy and one of the most competitive in the world, Switzerland is the fourth market in the world for Italian exports and is one of the leading importers of fashion “made in Italy”.
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Cheap rates for registering your trademark in Switzerland
In order to facilitate your trade in a territory of vital importance, we register your brands in Switzerland at cheap and highly competitive rates.
Our fee for filing a Swiss trademark registration application is 700 Swiss Francs, regardless of one, two or three classes.
To this amount it will be necessary to add 100 Swiss Francs for each additional class, from the fourth onwards.
Which types of trademarks can be registered in Switzerland
According to the Federal Law on the protection of trademarks and indications of provenance in Switzerland,
“the trademark is a sign which distinguished the product or servie of a company from those of another company”
Filing and registration of a trademark in Switzerland
Everybody can file a trademark: after filing, the Swiss Trademark Office examines the trademark application and, if there are not grounds of refusal, proceed to the registration.
The owner of an earlier trademark can file an opposition to a new registration. The opposition to a trademark must be motivated and sent in writing to the IPI (Swiss Trademark Office) within three months of the publication of the registration. If the opposition is well founded, the registration is partially or totally revoked; otherwise the opposition is rejected.
With regard to the use of the trademark, according to the provision of article 12, 1) of the Federal Law on the protection of trademarks and indications of origin
“The proprietor who, for an uninterrupted period of five years after the deadline of the opposition or the end of opposition proceedings, has not used the mark in relation to the goods or services for which it is claimed, cannot rely the right to the trademark, unless serious reason justify failure to use it”.
Validity and duration of a trademark in Switzerland
A trademark is protected for ten years from the date of filing and it is renewable, potentially indefinitely, for further periods of ten years.