Indications of source and geographical indications

Indications of source and geographical indications

Protection of indications of source and geographical indications in Switzerland

An indication of source is a reference to the geographical origin or goods or service - such as the designation 'Bern', for example. The Trade Mark Protection Act protects against any kind of illegal use of an indication of source for goods and services. Indications of source for agricultural products and wine are also regulated in specific ordinances and some of them also in cantonal acts. more

Protection of geographical indications abroad

Switzerland is a member of three international treaties, which regulate the protection of indications of source and geographical indications at international level. The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property provides for measures against the wrongful use of indications of source on products. The Madrid Agreement protects against false or deceptive indications of source and can be applied to any wrongful commercial use. Finally, the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights contains international minimum standards for the protection of geographical indications. more

Bilateral treaties for the protection of indications of source and/or geographical indications

Bilateral treaties on indications of source protect certain geographical indications against wrongful commercial use. The geographical indications defined as well as the names of states and cantons may only be used in accordance with the law of the country of origin. more

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