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Ordinance of May 28, 1997 on the Protection of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications in Respect of Agricultural Products and Processed Agricultural Products (status as of January 1, 2012)

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Year of current version:2012
Date of entry into force of original text:July 1, 1997
Date of Text (Issued):May 28, 1997
Type of Text:Implementing Rules/Regulations
Subject Matter:Geographical Indications, IP Regulatory Body
Notes:
The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'This Ordinance specifies the types of appellation which may be registered, the protection afforded to them, registration procedures and control requirements: definitions of registered appellation of origin and protected geographical indication, generic names, registration procedure (persons entitled to file applications for registration, content of the application, specifications, decision, opposition, registration and publication, etc.), control, etc.

Most recent amendments in respect of GIs:
Articles 1 to 4, 4b, 5 to 7, 8a, 12, 16, 16a, 17, 17a and 19 to 23: adopted on November 14, 2007 and entered into effect on January 1, 2008 (RO 2007 6109).

There are two reasons for these amendments:
- Since the entry into effect of the Ordinance, a number of difficulties and shortcomings concerning its implementation have become apparent when registration applications are processed or changes made to specifications;
- the express inclusion in the Ordinance of a registration procedure for foreign appellations of origin.'
Available Texts: 
French

Ordonnance du 28 mai 1997 concernant la protection des appellations d'origine et des indications géographiques des produits agricoles et des produits agricoles transformés (état le 1er janvier 2012) Ordonnance du 28 mai 1997 concernant la protection des appellations d'origine et des indications géographiques des produits agricoles et des produits agricoles transformés (état le 1er janvier 2012), Complete document (pdf) [113 KB]

German

Verordnung vom 28. Mai 1997 über den Schutz von Ursprungsbezeichnungen und geographischen Angaben für landwirtschaftliche Erzeugnisse und verarbeitete landwirtschaftliche Erzeugnisse (stand am 1. Januar 2012) Verordnung vom 28. Mai 1997 über den Schutz von Ursprungsbezeichnungen und geographischen Angaben für landwirtschaftliche Erzeugnisse und verarbeitete landwirtschaftliche Erzeugnisse (stand am 1. Januar 2012), Complete document (pdf) [123 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH253

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