Region: Switzerland

“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

The Swiss response to the concerning issue of counterfeiting

Recent reports reveal the damage of counterfeiting to Switzerland’s largest industries. Companies, government bodies and non-profits are all taking action, utilising AI, blockchain, legislation and education to fight this illicit activity.

19 August 2021


Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2021/2022

The basic principles for trademark protection in Switzerland are contained in the Federal Act on the Protection of Trademarks and Indications of Source and the Trademark Protection Ordinance.

29 July 2021

Federal Administrative Court confirms that ECOSHELL is descriptive

In a decision highlighting, once again, that Swiss practice is very strict when it comes to distinctiveness, the Federal Administrative Court has confirmed that the mark ECOSHELL was descriptive for certain goods in Classes 24 and 25.

30 June 2021

The Swiss register is stable and a fan favourite for foreign businesses, particularly those from the US

Switzerland’s economy is highly integrated in the global market, with trademark data revealing how the country is an important consideration for expanding brands.

11 June 2021

Five European Legal Updates you may have missed

WTR’s Legal Updates are written by a select panel of over 160 leading experts who analyse the latest trademark-related developments and decisions in more than 60 jurisdictions.

23 April 2021

SWISS RE - WE MAKE THE WORLD MORE RESILIENT: Federal Supreme Court confirms that services need not be limited to those of Swiss origin

This decision of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court should be welcomed by global companies with a registered seat in Switzerland which seek to protect signs incorporating geographical indications.

21 April 2021

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