Region: Switzerland

Federal Supreme Court cancels trademarks referring to 2022 World Cup in dispute between FIFA and Puma

The court considered whether the registration of marks referring to sporting events by non-sponsors creates a risk of misleading the public, and addressed for the first time the public domain character of such trademarks.

01 July 2022

Good news for trademark owners as IGE changes its practice concerning trademarks containing geographical indications

The new practice will result in a simplified procedure for many trademark owners.

13 May 2022

Acronyms that cannot be pronounced as words enjoy limited distinctive character

According to the Federal Supreme Court, the distinctive character of acronyms depends mainly on whether the sequence of letters can be pronounced as a word, or whether it can only be spelt out.

23 March 2022

Good news for Daimler as court finds likelihood of indirect confusion between EQ and EQART in Class 12

The Federal Administrative Court held that a likelihood of indirect confusion could not be excluded, despite the increased level of attention of consumers when purchasing motorised vehicles.

28 February 2022

STELLAR allowed for Class 10 goods on appeal

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court disagreed with the strict approach followed by the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in this case.

28 October 2021

Swiss authorities relax examination practices for trademarks featuring a place name

With exceptions, it will no longer be a prerequisite to limit goods and services to their geographical origin for trademarks containing an indication of source. The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property appears to be becoming more flexible, aligning its approach with that of the European Union.

21 October 2021

“Enormous significance” – Swiss Enforcement weighs in on importance of Iceland v Iceland

In an exclusive interview, Swiss Enforcement managing director David Stärkle reveals why the Iceland dispute at the EUIPO is important for the broader trademark ecosystem.

19 October 2021

Federal Supreme Court holds that shape of Nespresso capsules is technically necessary

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has put an end to the long-running dispute between Nestlé and Ethical Coffee, which had launched biodegradable coffee capsules compatible with the Nespresso system.

19 October 2021

Gmerica trademarks stir up GameStop investors; Switzerland joins Geneva Act; Modelo dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba’s auction site launching patent price guidance, a California cookie maker pushing back on Hershey infringement claims, and much more.

03 September 2021

Pirates and rum: only an allusive and loose association, says the Swiss Federal Administrative Court

Bacardi has had mixed results in its attempt to obtain the revocation of two marks containing the word element ‘’ based on its PYRAT mark.

20 August 2021

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