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24 October 2016
From January 1 2017 a new set of rules will enter into force, defining the requirements regarding the use of terms such as 'Swiss', 'Swiss made' and 'Swiss quality', as well as the use of pictures including the Swiss flag (a white cross on a red background) or any symbol referring to Switzerland (eg, a picture of the Matterhorn). The purpose of the new rules is to clarify when a geographical indication such as 'Swiss' can be used and to increase legal certainty. The new rules also set out how to protect geographical indications outside Switzerland on the basis of bilateral or multilateral treaties.
The basic principle is that geographical indication can be used only if it is correct and not misleading.
The rules contain the following provisions to define the geographical origin of products and services:
The rules also contains two newly introduced possibilities for obtaining special protection for geographical indications:
For further information on this topic please contact Mathis Berger at Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte by telephone (+41 44 250 45 45) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte website can be accessed at www.naterdallafior.ch.
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