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Ordinance of December 23, 1992 on the Protection of Trademarks (status as of July 1, 2011)

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Year of current version:2011
Date of entry into force of original text:April 1, 1993
Date of Text (Issued):December 23, 1992
Type of Text:Implementing Rules/Regulations
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Geographical Indications, Trademarks, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
Notes:
The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'The law concerns the national and international registration of marks, opposition procedures, register of marks, identification marks on watches, customs measures, etc.
Articles 36(3) and 37(4) provides the safeguarding of industrial or business secrets in application dossiers and in the register of marks.
Article 56, adopted on May 17, 1995 contains the amendments, which are in line with Articles 53 and 55 of the TRIPS Agreement.
The Preamble, Articles 1, 2, 7, 17(a), 18, 26, 33, 35, 41(a), 45, 46 and 47, adopted on October 25, 1995 contain the amendments following the assumption by the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property of tasks of the Federal Office for Intellectual Property
on January 1, 1996.
Articles 6, 7(a), 8, 8(a), 9 to 11, 18, 21, 24, 25, 36, 39, 40, 40(a), 43 and 47 to 51, adopted on January 22, 1997 refer to the electronic communication, filing fee and additional fee (term of payment), opposition procedure, representation of parties, opposition costs and fees, contents of file, storage of documents in electronic format, electronic trademark register, publication medium, international registration, etc.
Article 18(a), adopted on September 17, 1997, refers to the accelerated trademark examination procedure.
Articles 7(a)2, 43.2 and 43.3, adopted on March 31, 1999 relate to electronic communication and publication.
Articles 2, 4, 5, 6, 9.1(d) (repealed), 10, 18(a)2, 25, 26.1, 27, 33, 35, 36.3, 40.2(b), 43, 44 (repealed), adopted on March 8, 2002 contain the amendments, which aimed particularly at simplifying trademark filing formalities, in particular with regard to the development of electronic communication (signature, power of attorney), and the incorporation of recent developments in trademark forms.'
Available Texts: 
French

Ordonnance du 23 décembre 1992 sur la protection des marques (état le 1er juillet 2011) Ordonnance du 23 décembre 1992 sur la protection des marques (état le 1er juillet 2011), Complete document (pdf) [137 KB]

German

Markenschutzverordnung vom 23. Dezember 1992 (stand am 1. Juli 2011) Markenschutzverordnung vom 23. Dezember 1992 (stand am 1. Juli 2011), Complete document (pdf) [146 KB]

Italian

Ordinanza del 23 dicembre 1992 sulla protezione dei marchi (stato 1 luglio 2011) Ordinanza del 23 dicembre 1992 sulla protezione dei marchi (stato 1 luglio 2011), Complete document (pdf) [145 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH234

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