Not-for-Profit Organisation Team of the Year: Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH

Protecting one brand is enough of a challenge, but the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH represents more than 90% of its sector in Switzerland. The majority of its work, according to in-house legal counsel Vincent Stauffer, thus involves marks other than its own: “The federation itself owns only certification marks (SWISS and SWISS MADE) in Hong Kong and the United States, but most of our actions are conducted in the name of the 50 brands of our members (the best-known 50 Swiss watch brands), which themselves own hundreds of trademarks.”

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