Federal Law of April 29, 1998, on Agriculture (status as of August 1, 2008)

Year of Version:2008
Date of Entry into Force:January 1, 1999
Date of Text (Enacted):April 29, 1998
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Geographical Indications, Other, Patents (Inventions), Trademarks
The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'(Articles 28 to 45 and letters (l) to (n) of the Annex: entered into effect on 1 May 1999; Article 160.7 and Chapter 7 of the Annex: entered into effect on 1 August 1999) (Law on Agriculture, LAgr; RS 910.1, RO 1998 3033).

This Law replaces the Law on Agriculture of 3 October 1951.
- Articles 14 to 16 (agricultural products and processed agricultural products): production methods, specific product characteristics, appellations of origin and geographical indications, register of appellations of origin and geographical indications.
- Articles 63 and 64 (viticulture): delegation of authority to the Federal Council to define the concepts of appellation of origin, registered appellation of origin and indication of source (Article 63); grading of grape harvest lots (Article 64).
- Article 166 (proceedings): administrative appeal procedure against decisions.
- Article 172: criminal penalties for infringements of Articles 16 or 63.

Most recent amendments in respect of GIs:

Article 16b, 26 (repealed), 37 (repealed), 44 (repealed), 57 (repealed), 63 and 64, 65 (repealed), 67 to 69 (repealed) and 172: adopted on 22 June 2007, entered into effect on 1 January 2008 (RO 2007 6095) Article 16b: support for industry groups as regards the safeguarding of protected appellations of origin; Article 63 and 64: harmonization of wine classifications with food legislation; Article 172: introduction of a fine for infringements which are not subject to penalties involving a reduction in contributions or the exclusion of a right.'
Available Texts: 

Loi fédérale du 29 avril 1998 sur l'agriculture (état le 1er août 2008) Loi fédérale du 29 avril 1998 sur l'agriculture  (état le 1er août 2008), Complete document (pdf) [90294 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH161