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26 September 2019

OTTO v OTTO's: Federal Supreme Court partially upholds Swiss retailer's appeal

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has recently considered a trademark and unfair competition dispute between two companies that owned trademarks containing the element ‘OTTO’.

21 August 2019

Federal Administrative Court confirms that MERCI lacks distinctiveness

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has upheld a decision of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property refusing to register the trademark MERCI (‘thank you’ in French) for services in Classes 35, 38, 40 and 42.

24 July 2019

China, India, US rise; Japan, Singapore, UK fall – Global Innovation Index 2019 report released

WIPO has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. In a new report it places Switzerland, Sweden and the United States at the top of the list, with the Netherlands, Singapore and the United Kingdom falling down the rankings. 

26 June 2019

FIFA reflects on scoring an IP enforcement win at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Daniel Zohny, IP head at FIFA, looks back at the intense workload taken on by his team during the 2018 World Cup and looks forward to the next tournament as the worthy winner of WTR’s Sports, Entertainment and Media Team of the Year.

10 June 2019

Swiss Federal Supreme Court rules in Apple’s favour in landmark decision

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has recently had to decide whether the Swiss public understands the term ‘apple’ to be a type of fruit or a reference to the US tech company Apple, and has ruled in the company’s favour.

14 May 2019

TICK DIFFERENT: Apple loses to watchmaker Swatch before Swiss court

The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has considered an opposition filed by US tech giant Apple against Swiss watchmaker Swatch’s application for the registration of the mark TICK DIFFERENT for Class 14 goods, including jewellery and watches.

15 March 2019

Plain packaging is a trademark issue, not a tobacco issue – exclusive interview with JT International

Ronald van Tuijl of JT International explains to WTR the distinctive set of trademark challenges that his team faces, what he looks for when enlisting law firms, how plain packaging is affecting his practice, and more.

12 March 2019

Alibaba reaches settlement, new Hong Kong IP director, and Swiss IP office issues fakes warning: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the New Zealand IP office issuing a stark warning against misleading mislead invoices, $1.1 million worth of counterfeits stopped on Canada-US border, and much more.

21 February 2019

Why every trademark lawyer should spend time in-house: exclusive interview with Bacardi’s Anna Panka

While legal know-how is critical for law firm practitioners, an understanding of the corporate business environment should not be underestimated. That is the message conveyed by Anna Panka, senior counsel at Bacardi, in an exclusive interview with WTR.

06 February 2019

Success for Richemont as court finds that fish mark does not offend religious feelings

In a victory for luxury goods company Richemont, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court has overturned a decision of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property refusing to register a mark consisting of a fish design in Class 14.

31 January 2019

How Novartis is building a consistent brand strategy across four business units

In an exclusive interview, Myrtha Hurtado Rivas from pharmaceutical giant Novartis reveals how changes to the company’s trademark strategy created more effective cross-unit cooperation.

24 January 2019

How collaboration in the Swiss watch industry keeps brands one step ahead of infringers

Vincent Stauffer, trademark counsel at the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, speaks exclusively to WTR about his industry's fight against fakes and struggle to protect Swissness rights worldwide.

08 January 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Switzerland

Swiss design is characterised by its hybrid status – it is influenced by the German tradition of functionalism and the Italian radical design of the 1960s. Swiss design lies somewhere between ‘form follows function’ and ‘anything goes’ – it is functional yet rich; linear while unexpected; practical and refreshing.