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Federal Law of August 28, 1992 on the Protection of Trademarks and Indications of Source (status as of August 1, 2008)

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Year of current version:2008
Date of entry into force of original text:April 1, 1993
Date of Text (Enacted):August 28, 1992
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
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 provides for the definition of trademark, the scope of trademarks rights, guarantee marks and collective marks, national and international registration of marks, acquisition and scope of those rights, opposition procedure, register of marks, proceedings and penalties under civil and criminal , administrative appeals procedure, customs measures, etc.

The most recent amendments to this consolidated version of the law are as follows:
-Heading preceding Article 37, and Article 40: adopted on December 19, 2003, entered into effect on January 1, 2005 (RO 2004 5085)
-Adjustments following the entry into effect of the Federal Law on Electronic Signature Certification Services (Law on Electronic Signatures, SCSE, RS 43.03) on January 1, 2005. The Law on the Protection of Trademarks has been supplemented to ensure that electronic communication with the Federal Intellectual Property Institute and electronic management of protected rights have a formal legal basis
-Heading preceding Article 36 (repealed); Article 36 (repealed); and Article 41: adopted on June 17, 2006, entered into effect on January 1, 2007 (RO 2006 2197)
-Adjustment following the complete overhaul of the regulations governing organization and procedure before the Federal Court, its previous bodies and appeals before the Supreme Court (incorporation of the Federal Appeals Committee for intellectual property issues into the Federal Administrative Court)
-Articles 13, 41, 53 to 55, 57, 59, 61 to 65, 65a, 68, 70 to 72, 72a to 72h and 78a: adopted on June 22, 2007, entered into effect on July 1, 2008 (RO 2008 2551)
-Amendments adopted in the framework of the review of the Law on Patents (national measures aimed at combating piracy in the field of intellectual property, in particular intervention by the Customs Administration)
-Repeal of Articles 20, 42 and 78: adopted on March 20, 2008, entered into effect on August 1, 2008 (RO 2008 3437)
-Repeal of now obsolete individual provisions in the framework of the formal updating of Federal legislation'
Available Texts: 
French

Loi fédérale du 28 août 1992 sur la protection des marques et des indications de provenance (état le 1 août 2008) Loi fédérale du 28 août 1992 sur la protection des marques et des indications de provenance (état le 1 août 2008), Complete document (pdf) [594 KB] Loi fédérale du 28 août 1992 sur la protection des marques et des indications de provenance (état le 1 août 2008), Complete document (htm) [209 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

German

Bundesgesetz vom 28. August 1992 über den Schutz von Marken und Herkunftsangaben (stand am 1. August 2008) Bundesgesetz vom 28. August 1992 über den Schutz von Marken und Herkunftsangaben (stand am 1. August 2008), Complete document (pdf) [557 KB]

Italian

Legge federale del 28 agosto 1992 sulla protezione dei marchi e delle indicazioni di provenienza (stato 1° agosto 2008) Legge federale del 28 agosto 1992 sulla protezione dei marchi e delle indicazioni di provenienza (stato 1° agosto 2008), Complete document (pdf) [564 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH158

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