Swissness: Ordinances and Transitory Rules in Force

27 January 2017

The new Swissness-Regulation came into force on 1 January 2017

The new Swissness-Regulation came into force on 1 January 2017. The main goal of the regulation is to preserve the good reputation of goods and services made in Switzerland. The most important Swissness- Ordinances were already adopted in September 2015 and June 2016 (see BR-News of 16 February 2016 and BR-News of 17 June 2016).  On 23 November 2016 the Swiss Federal Council adopted the Ordinance on the Use of Swissness-Claims for Cosmetic Products. Furthermore, the Swiss Federal Department of Economy, Education and Research released an Ordinance dealing with certain raw materials that are excluded from the Swissness-calculations for foodstuff for a transitional period. Finally, the Swiss Intellectual Property Institute published some transitory rules that implement the new Swissness regulations in the trademark application and registration proceedings. Trademarks may consist of indication of Swiss origins and must therefore comply with the Swissness requirements.

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