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Federal Law of June 25, 1954 on Patents for Inventions (as last amended on March 24, 1995)

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Year of current version:1995
Date of last amendment:March 24, 1995
Date of entry into force of original text:January 1, 1956
Date of Text (Enacted):June 25, 1954
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Competition, Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection, Trade Names, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
Notes:
Date of Entry into Force: 'Art. 89.2, 90.2, 90.3, 91.2, 91.3, 96.1, 96.3, 101.1 and 105.3: October 1, 1959'.

The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'In respect of Patents, Switzerland and Liechtenstein constitute a single territory'.
'Existence of patent rights, national and European patents, international patent applications, acquisition and scope of rights, patents register, civil and criminal proceedings, opposition procedure for preliminary examinations, administrative appeal procedure, etc.'
'Art. 2, 8, 29, 36, 37, 40, 40(a), 40(b), 69 and 77 (adopted on 16 December 1994): Amendments in line with Art. 27, 28, 31, 46, 50 and 61 of the TRIPS Agreement.'
'Article 40(a): licensing in the field of semi-conductor technology is obligatory solely to counter a practice declared to be anti-competitive following a judicial or administrative procedure.'
'Art. 7(b), 17, 20(a), 46(a), 47, 48, 81, 87, 113, 119, 123, 131, 133, 134, 138, 140(a) to (m), 143, 146 and 147 (adopted on 3 February 1995): Supplementary protection certificates for medicines, more severe penalties under criminal law, revocation of preliminary examinations (Chapter II of the Patent Cooperation Treaty), continuation of the examination procedure, etc.'
'Art. 41, 42 to 44, 48.1(a), 49.3, 49.4, 55(a), 59(a)2, 96.1bis, 97(c), 98.2, 105.2, 119 (adopted on 24 March 1995): Amendments following the assumption by the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property on 1 January 1996 of the tasks of the Federal Office for Intellectual Property.'
'Proceedings and penalties under civil and criminal law. Provisional measures'.
'Art. 68: safeguarding of industrial or business secrets'.
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Loi fédérale du 25 juin 1954 sur les brevets d'invention (modifiée en dernier lieu le 24 mars 1995) Loi fédérale du 25 juin 1954 sur les brevets d'invention (modifiée en dernier lieu le 24 mars 1995), Complete document (pdf) [357 KB] Loi fédérale du 25 juin 1954 sur les brevets d'invention (modifiée en dernier lieu le 24 mars 1995), Complete document (htm) [171 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH078

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