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Trademark registration in Switzerland

Trademark Search
in Switzerland

Determine the probabilities your trademark has of being successfully registered in Switzerland

First Class

$100

Additional Class

$90

*The prices mentioned are for wordmarks

All fees included

Trademark Application
in Switzerland

Apply to have your trademark registered in Switzerland

First Class

$850*

*Price includes upto 3 Classes

Additional Class

$200

Final fee for registration

Not applicable in this jurisdiction

All fees included

PRICE NOTES

The prices expressed are in USD.

Search report In Switzerland reports are only offered for word elements. Delivery time: 5 business days.

Application Approximate process duration for straightforward cases: 3 to 4 months. 

The application price includes filing a trademark in three classes. Additional classes in an application will only be charged from the fourth class onward.

The prices expressed are for straightforward cases and include all official and professional fees. The prices do not include responses to office actions (e.g. examiner’s refusal), defenses from third party pre- or post-registration oppositions or responses to cancellation actions.

Final Fee for Registration Not applicable in this jurisdiction.

Watch Service will be activated within 72 hours after payment has been cleared. Service is for 365 days.


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Trademark applications in Switzerland must be filed with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE in German, IPI in French). Please keep in mind that Switzerland is NOT a member of the European Union and therefore European Union trademarks do NOT provide protection in Switzerland.

Switzerland is a member state to the Madrid Protocol. Thus, the extension of an international registration of a trademark via the Madrid System is possible for this country. For further information regarding our services for trademark filing through the Madrid System click here.

Please note that by default your logo (device) application in Switzerland will be filed without color claim. If you wish to claim color as a distinctive feature of the trademark, please instruct us to do so.

If you register a combined trademark (which includes both word elements and figurative elements) in Switzerland, the exclusive right to use the trademark is limited to a use of the trademark is limited to a use of the trademark in the exact configuration or way in which it was filed and registered. If you wish to use the word element of your trademark separately from the logo (or vice versa), it is recommended you register for another trademark including only the word or figurative elements you wish to use and protect separately.

Nevertheless, if a third party eventually intends to register or use a trademark for similar goods or services that includes a primary or distinct part or portion of your trademark, you will have the right to oppose the application based on confusing similarity. Probabilities of success for an opposition will vary in each case depending on the circumstances.

After the application is filed the Swiss trademarks office will proceed to examine it. Note that it does not check the existence of identical or confusingly similar filed or registered trademarks. If the trademark is accepted it will be registered and a certificate issued, and at the same published for opposition for a period of 3 months during which interested third parties may file oppositions against it.

Although it is not necessary to use the trademark for it to register, it must be used within a period of 5 years since the last use, otherwise it will become vulnerable to cancellation for non-use. The amount of use in Switzerland must be on a commercial scale.

A trademark registered in Switzerland has a validity of ten years from the application date. It must then be renewed for additional ten-year periods. The renewal can be requested as early as 12 months before the expiration date and there is a 6-month grace period after that date when the trademark can still be renewed subject to the payment of additional fees.

If you would like for the figurative or design elements of your trademark to be considered when assessing your trademark for registration in Switzerland (Trademark Search Report), contact us directly in order to determine if we may be able to offer this in this jurisdiction. In such cases, prices for service and estimated delivery times may vary.

In Switzerland, the Alcohol Act regulates the use of registered trademarks in advertisements for spirits and, among others, prohibits the use of a spirit’s trademark on packaging or consumer goods that are not related to spirits. 

The Swiss federal trademarks office prohibits the use of the Swiss emblems of sovereignty, among which the Swiss cross and the cantonal coats-of-arms, in trademarks registered for goods. They may be used for service marks.

In Switzerland, only a digital copy of the trademark certificate will be issued.

 

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FAQ

trademark registration in Switzerland

In this jurisdiction the existence of previously filed or registered trademarks that may be considered identical or confusingly similar is not cause for refusal of an application. The registration office will not take into account previously filed trademarks when examining an application. However, registration of the trademark may be eventually denied if the application receives a third party opposition by the owner of the previously filed similar trademark. 

Due to the fact that once an owner registers his trademark a third party may very well register an identical trademark for identical goods or services, we strongly recommend that upon filing your trademark in this country you also order a Watch Service. 

Situations may arise in which trademark owners require their trademarks to be registered quickly. The timeframe to register a trademark may be considerably reduced in this jurisdiction upon payment of an extra fee.

Contact us for more details regarding this possibility.

A registered trademark grants exclusive nationwide use: Registering your trademark grants you protection and the exclusive right to use your trademark in connection to the products and services for which you have registered in a determined country or territory. As a registered trademark owner you can take legal action against anyone who uses your brand without your permission, including counterfeiters.

A registered trademark serves as a deterrent against third parties that would otherwise use identical or confusingly similar trademarks for identical or similar goods or services. In most countries the prior existence of a considerably similar registered trademark is grounds for government offices to refuse a subsequent registration. Furthermore, trademark owners have the right to oppose similar trademarks from being registered. 

A registered trademark grants one the right to use the ® Symbol: Upon registration you will be able to use this symbol in order to demonstrate that your trademark has been registered and is enforceable by law. It also serves as notice to competitors that you are serious about protecting your trademark rights. Such right is limited to the countries in which the trademark is registered.

It is illegal and punishable by law to use this symbol if your trademark has not been registered; fines and penalties vary depending on the jurisdiction. The use of the ® symbol in some countries is also obligatory if a trademark has been registered in order to be able to present legal actions or remedies against a third party that uses a trademark without the owner’s consent.

A registered trademark is necessary to enlist help from countries’ Customs Service (Customs and Border Patrol): if a trademark has been registered, actions can be taken in order to request local customs services to prevent the entering or exportation of goods that use an identical or confusingly similar trademark.

Priority for subsequent applications: The first application for a trademark will grant the holder the right to subsequently claim priority when applying for an identical trademark in the vast majority of countries in the world, for a period of 6 months. If priority is claimed inside the period of 6 months from the first application, the subsequent applications will be considered as having been presented on the same date as the application in the first country. This is important in case there are conflicting trademarks that were filed after the first application.

 

For more information regarding Priority please visit our General FAQs

If you are investing time and money in order to differentiate yourself and your products or services from other traders, make sure that other trademarks that may take advantage of your market placement are not admitted for registration.

The first step to do so is to stay alert. Our Watch Service will have experts continually monitoring newly published trademarks, alerting you if any of them may eventually affect your rights. Being alerted on time will allow you as a trademark owner to decide whether or not opposition actions should be presented.

Our trademark watch services can be ordered on a yearly basis for a specific country, region or even worldwide.

Trademark Watch Alerts will be sent to your email, including information of the conflicting trademark, such as the trademark itself, the class for which it is being registered, the details of the applicant and the deadline to present legal actions intended to stop the trademark from being registered.

Different countries have different requirements and time frames when it comes to trademarks. When working with iGERENT, a trademark consultant will be assigned specifically to you, and will assist you with whatever trademark related services you require. Along with advising you, your consultant will continuously monitor your trademark processes, keeping you up to date with any developments. Regardless of the amount of countries in which you have services being processed, you will be able to monitor any advances through your online account, or by contacting your assigned trademark consultant directly.

Regardless of which country or countries you are ordering trademark services for, all payments will be made through our online portal. Our online portal allows easy and safe payment to be made via PayPal, by major credit cards such as Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover, and even Bitcoin. If you like, you may also pay directly via wire transfer* (bank transfer) to our US bank account.

*Clients that pay via wire transfer (bank transfer) are eligible to receive a 5% discount.

Trademark Watch
in Switzerland

Make sure that you are alerted when a conflicting trademark to yours has been published in Switzerland

Local

First Class

$120

Additional Class

$100

Regional

First Class

$360

Additional Class

$170

Global

First Class

$590

Additional Class

$290

Note: Service will be activated within 72 hours after payment has been cleared. Service is for 365 days.

Trademark Renewal
in Switzerland

Your trademark registration is about to expire? Our expert attorneys will assist you with the renewal process to maintain the protection of your trademark. Learn more about the timeframes, prices and requirements.
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Additional trademark related services offered by iGERENT

Trademark assignment
You need to transfer ownership of a filed or registered trademark? Our expert attorneys will assist you with the assignment process, from the drafting of the deed of assignment to the filing of the change of owner with the country's trademark office.
Trademark office action
Your trademark application has received an office action? Our expert attorneys will provide advice and will help with the defense, from the review of the case to the filing of the defense with the trademarks office. We can help you with objections to local trademarks as well as objections received via WIPO (international trademarks).
Trademark opposition
A third party has filed an opposition against your trademark application? Our attorneys can advise you, evaluating the information and evidence you can provide, determining the chances of success and preparing and filing the defense with the trademarks office.
Trademark holder change of address
You or your company changed your address? With us, you can register the change of domicile with the trademarks office in an easy and straightforward way. Our attorneys take charge of everything.
Trademark holder change of name
The company that owns your trademark has changed its name? It is necessary to update the holder's details registered with the Trademarks Office. Our attorneys will let you know what documentation must be provided and will request the change with the relevant authority.
Control Border Patrol
Your company exports goods that are trademarked? Avoid the arrival of falsified or counterfeit products in those markets in which your trademark is registered. Our attorneys will help you protect your rights with the control border patrol.