Switzerland: Trademark Registration

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.

National Application

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.

You can also apply to register your trade mark with this form and send it to us by post or email to tm.admin@ekomm.ipi.ch.

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
  • Opposition

Costs and Fees

How much does it cost to protect a trade mark in Switzerland?


Filing fee (protection for ten years, possible extension)CHF550
Class surcharge (per class as of the 4th class)CHF100
Expedited trademark examination feeCHF400


Fee for filing an objectionCHF800

Cancellation procedure

Cancellation feeCHF800


Renewal fee ( for ten years, indefinitely renewable)CHF700
Surcharge (for submission during 6 month post-deadline period)CHF  50

Further processing

Fee for further processingCHF100

International Application

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 (GermanFrench 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.

You may also send your application by post or email it as a written form to: tm.admin@ekomm.ipi.ch. Please notice the Terms of Use for the Electronic Submission Process by Email (pdf).

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.

Individual fees

For the Contracting Parties listed below, an individual fee is due:

  • Antigua and Barbuda . Australia . Bahrain . BES Islands . Brazil . Brunei Darussalam . Cambodia . Canada . Columbia . CuraƧao . 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

Basic feeCHF300
Complementary fee for each designated country (Agreement or Protocol), excluding certain Madrid Protocol Contracting Parties for which individual fees apply – see above listCHF100


Complete or partial transferCHF177
Limitation of list of goods and servicesCHF177
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 timeCHF150
Recording of a License or amendment of the recording of a licenseCHF177


Please contact WIPO directly

For more info, please visit this website.

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