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Federal Law of April 19, 1998 on Agriculture (status as of September 26, 2006)



Year of current version:2006
Date of last amendment:March 24, 2006
Date of entry into force of original text: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
Date of Entry into Force: 'Art. 28 to 45 and letters (l) to (n) of the Annex entered into effect on 1 May 1999; Art. 160.7 and Chapter 7 of the Annex entered into effect on 1 August 1999'. For further detail see Art. 187.

The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'This Law replaces the Law on Agriculture of 3 October 1951.
Art. 14-16 (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.
Art. 63-64 (viticulture): delegation of authority to the Federal Council to define the concepts of appellation of origin, registered appellation of origin and indication of source (Art. 63); grading of grape harvest lots (Art. 64).
Art. 166 (proceedings): administrative appeal procedure against decisions.
Art. 172: criminal penalties for infringements of Art. 16 or 63.'
'N.B.: The Law on Agriculture is currently undergoing a partial revision («Agricultural Policy 2007»). All regulations adopted on the basis of this law, such as the Ordinance on Protected Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications, will also be subject to this revision.'
Available Texts: 

Loi fédérale du 29 avril 1998 sur l'agriculture (état le 26 septembre 2006) Loi fédérale du 29 avril 1998 sur l'agriculture (état le 26 septembre 2006), Complete document (pdf) [423 KB]

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Historical Versions:
WIPO Lex No.:CH112

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