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Federal Law of June 25, 1954 on Patents for Inventions (status as of October 3, 2000)

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Year of current version:2000
Date of last amendment:March 24, 2000
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: see 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'.
'The law regulates the 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 February 3, 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 January 1, 1996 of the tasks of the Federal Office for Intellectual Property.'
'Art. 56.2 (adopted on 30 April 1997): Date of filing if posted.'
'Editorial amendments (Art. 4, 5, 15, 19, 24, 25, 27, 46(a), 47, 49, 56, 59, 59(a), 59(c), 60, 63, 63(a), 64, 65, 88, 99, 110, 112 to 114, 117, 118, 120, 122, 123, 130 to 135, 137, 138, 140(f), 140(g), 140(i) and 14(l)); Art. 46.1 and 59(c) (Italian version of the law only); Art. 61.1 and 61.3; Art. 13.1 (Italian version of the law only); heading preceding Art. 140(a); Art. 140(a), 140(c)2 and 140(c)3, 140(k)1(a); heading preceding Art. 140(n); Art. 140(n), 146 and 147 (adopted on October 9, 1998) : Drafting amendments; delegation of authority to the Federal Council to designate the publication medium; amendments and clarification of provisions on supplementary protection certificates for medicines; introduction of supplementary protection certificates for phytosanitary products.'
'Art. 68: safeguarding of industrial or business secrets'.
'Art. 75, 78 and 86.3 (repealed) (adopted on March 24, 2000): Amendments concerning court jurisdiction according to location, currently regulated by the new Federal Law on Jurisdiction in Civil Matters'.

'N.B.: The Law on Patents is currently undergoing a partial revision.'
Available Texts: 
French

Loi fédérale du 25 juin 1954 sur les brevets d'invention (état le 3 octobre 2000) Loi fédérale du 25 juin 1954 sur les brevets d'invention (état le 3 octobre 2000), Complete document (pdf) [176 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH104

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