Intellectual Property in Switzerland

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
National Organizations
The body in charge with the protection of intellectual property in Switzerland is the Federal Institute of the Intellectual property (IGE).
Regional Organizations
Convention on Grants of European Patents (European Patent Convention of 1973).
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
 

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent
 
Swiss Patent Law of 1954; revised in 2007
20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Trademark
 
Swiss Federal Trademark Statute
10 years, extendable for another 10 years & so on. Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design
 
Swiss Federal Statute on the Protection of Designs and Industrial Models
5 years, extendable up to 25 years.  
Copyright
 
Swiss Federal Copyright Statute
Life long, 50-70 years after death of person. Berne convention
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
 
Swiss Federal Statute on the Protection of Designs and Industrial Models
5 years, extendable up to 25 years.
 

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