Legitimately, a trade mark is a protected sign that differs the products or services of a company from those of other businesses. All graphic representations of a sign may, in principle, be a trade mark within the meaning of the law, such as; words, combinations of letters, numbers, graphic images, three-dimensional forms, slogans, combinations of those elements or even sound marks; which are made up of a sequence of notes.
How to register your trade mark
To file your trade mark online, use our electronic application system e-trademark, which guides you step-by-step through the process and explains how to fill in the sections.
Overview of the registration procedure
- Carry out a search
- Apply via e-trademark
- Examination on filing
- Application accessible on SWISSREG
- Certificate of filing
- Formal and substantive examination
- National registration
- Publication on SWISSREG
- Certificate of registration
Costs and Fees
How much does it cost to protect a trade mark in Switzerland?
|Filing fee (protection for ten years, possible extension)
|Class surcharge (per class as of the 4th class)
|Expedited trademark examination fee
|Fee for filing an objection
|Renewal fee ( for ten years, indefinitely renewable)
|Surcharge (for submission during 6 month post-deadline period)
|Fee for further processing
Protecting your trade mark abroad
By filing your trade mark in the Swiss trade mark register, your trade mark shall be protected in Switzerland. You can also apply for trade mark protection in as many countries as you want following a single procedure.
How to register your trademark internationally
Using the online application program IR-Online (German, French or Italian) you can submit your trademark application online, which will take you through the process step by step, including explaining how to fill in the various parts.
Important: The list of products and services must be provided in French for any foreign application.
It can be challenging for anyone with no experience in trademark protection to register an foreign trademark without making any mistakes and to respond adequately to any objections. For this reason we suggest that you contact a trade mark consultant.
Costs and Fees
International registration under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol
|Institute processing fee (national fee)
You can calculate the anticipated WIPO fees using this fee calculator. The fees must be paid directly to WIPO.
For the Contracting Parties listed below, an individual fee is due:
- Antigua and Barbuda . Australia . Bahrain . BES Islands . Brazil . Brunei Darussalam . Cambodia . Canada . Columbia . Curaçao . Denmark . European Union . Estonia . Finland . Gambia . Georgia . Ghana . Greece . Iceland . India . Indonesia . Ireland . Israel . Japan . Laos . Malaysia . Mexico . New Zealand . Norway . OAPI . Oman . Philippines . Republic of Korea (South Korea) . Samoa . Singapore . St-Martin . Syrian Arab Republic . Sweden . Thailand . Tunisia . Turkey . Turkmenistan . United Kingdom . United States of America . Uzbekistan . Zambia . Zimbabwe
Designation subsequent to international registration
|Complementary fee for each designated country (Agreement or Protocol), excluding certain Madrid Protocol Contracting Parties for which individual fees apply – see above list
|Complete or partial transfer
|Limitation of list of goods and services
|Change of name and/or address of holder for one or more trademarks of the same holder, if the same change is requested at the same time
|Recording of a License or amendment of the recording of a license
|Please contact WIPO directly
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