Discount for electronic filing to end
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The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE), in its capacity as trademark office, has announced that from January 1 2010 the standard filing fee of Sfr550 will apply to all trademark applications.
Over the past few years, the IGE had significantly reduced its filing fees for trademark applications. In particular, the IGE sought to encourage electronic filing - the discount for electronic applications amounted to Sfr200 (for further details please see "Trademark fees slashed to make IP protection more attractive", "Online application filing fees reduced again" and "Trademark and patent fees reduced again").
Electronic filing has now become commonplace and only 5% of applications are filed in paper form. The IGE thus feels that applicants no longer need an incentive to file their applications online.
However, the IGE will improve and further develop the electronic tools for trademark applications. This summer the IGE is introducing an online facility that will allow applicants to check lists of goods and services automatically. The results will be displayed in colour. In addition, it will be possible to inspect trademark files online and trademark owners (or their representatives) will be able to make electronic changes to the register.
Peter Heinrich, Staiger Schwald & Partner Ltd, Zurich
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