Protection for Swiss Geographical Indications
2020-06-09 | News & Media

Protection for Swiss Geographical Indications

It is prescribed that Swiss producers very soon will have the opportunity to register geographical indications in different states all at once using a simple process. At its meeting on 5 June 2020, the Federal Council adjusted the approval and implementation (amendment of trademark law) of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications for submission to Parliament.

Tête-de-Moine, Zuger and Rigi Kirsch, and Swiss for watches is the principle of protected geographical indications attested as being a durable benefit to the value chains of quality products. As a result, due to the growth of market liberalisation, the mentioned principle needs to be developed further at international level.

The Lisbon Agreement of 1958 for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration (of which Switzerland is not a member) is intended by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Agreement was adjusted in 2015 by the adoption of the Geneva Act. The Geneva Act expanded the area of the system to permit the registration of all geographical indications (both appellations of origin and geographical indications). The Geneva Act is an independent international treaty, which came into force on 26 February next to the accession of the European Union.

The Federal Council offered that Switzerland joins the Geneva Act. Such accession will give Swiss beneficiaries of appellations of origin and geographical indications the possibility to acquire protection in all member states of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement via uncomplicated and inexpensive international registration procedure. Now, Swiss producers have to submit separate applications in each country to protect their geographical indications.

Source: https://www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/documentation/media-releases.msg-id-79355.html

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