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Switzerland Trademark Registration

Switzerland is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.

Requirements
A trademark application has to be filed before the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property by a local agent. A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.

Procedure
The examination is only on absolute grounds mainly regarding the distinctiveness and the wording of the list of products and services, but not on relative grounds such as identical or similar prior registrations. It takes approximately 4 months from first filing to registration. After registration, the trademark is published on www.swissreg.ch. An opposition can be filed within 3 months from the publication date.

Duration
A trademark registration in Switzerland is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.

Methods
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office. INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION (MADRID SYSTEM)*: If you already have filed a trademark application or have a trademark registration in one or more countries of the Madrid Union (based on the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol), you can obtain trademark protection by filing one single application, so called International Registration (Madrid System). *Note: The fees for an International Trademark Application (WIPO) will be calculated for each individual country or multiple countries. For a quotation please send us an e-mail with the name of countries where you currently have a registration and all preferable countries where you wish to extend your trademark protection.

Extra
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within 5 years from issue of the registration certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.

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