Geographical Indications-Switzerland

Geographical Indications-Switzerland

This news follows on from our July 2019 short news available on the link :

As a reminder, the Federal Council had opened a consultation in 2019 on the possible accession of Switzerland to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. The report dated 22 November 2019 on the results of this procedure highlighted that “none of the positions received is unfavourable both to the approval of the Geneva Act by Switzerland and to the draft amendment of the LPM (Trademark Protection Act) allowing its administration“.  However, questions on certain specific issues were raised by participants.

As a follow-up to this report, the Federal Council proposes that Switzerland accede to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. To this end, on 5 June 2020, it decided to submit a message to parliament in which it submits a draft federal decree approving and implementing the treaty, including an amendment to the Trademark Protection Act of 28 August 1992 (LPM).    

It is recalled that this accession would enable Swiss producers to protect geographical indications more simply at the international level in all the contracting parties to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement, without having to apply for national registration in each country as is currently the case, which is more burdensome and more expensive.

For more information, please follow the link :

https://www.admin.ch/gov/fr/accueil/documentation/communiques.msg-id-79355.html