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Switzerland: Revision of the trade mark guidelines as of 1 July 2008

On its website the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) reports that it has revised and updated its trade mark guidelines to conform with the latest developments particularly taking into account recent judicature and changed legislative provisions. A few editorial changes have also been made. The IGE stresses that the fee ordinance has also been updated. The revised guidelines came into effect on 1 July 2008 and apply to all pending procedures.

The revised Swiss trade mark guidelines can be retrieved here: in German and French.

Furthermore, the IGE has analyzed the consequences of repealing the safeguard clause for proprietors of international trade mark registrations based on a Swiss trade mark registration or of such marks which extend to Switzerland. More information on this subject as well as a summary of other changes, all of which will come into force on 1 September 2008, can be found on the Institute's website in French and German.

Posted by: Birgit Clark @ 08.45
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