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Switzerland: Progress in protecting "Swissness"

On its website, the the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) reports of progress in the quest of improving legal protection for ‘Made in Switzerland’ designations and the Swiss Cross.

The IGE informs that The Swiss Federal Council has commissioned the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police

"…to draft the dispatch for the legislative project "Swissness" today [15 October 2008]. The bill has two main goals: first, to strengthen protection for 'made in Switzerland' designations and the Swiss Cross here and abroad. Secondly, to create greater legal clarity and certainty by regulating ‘made in Switzerland’ designations and the Swiss Cross more precisely."
The Federal Department of Justice and Police will now draft the legislative bills. It is planned that the Federal Council will then present the bills to Swiss parliament sometime before the end of 2009.

The IGE has published a media release on this matter, which can be retrieved by clicking on the following links: in German, French or Italian. Further information on the Federal Council decision regarding the legislative reform "Swissness" can be found by clicking here.

Posted by: Birgit Clark @ 07.48
Tags: Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Swiss national designations of origin, swissness,
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