New database of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) for trademarks and emblems

In August 2020 the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) launched a new database of trademarks and emblems registered in the Swiss trademark register which is accessible to the public via the web.

Although this new database contains the same data on registered Swiss trademarks as the existing database Swissreg (official publication medium of the IPI) it offers all interested parties – especially owners and representatives of registered Swiss trademarks – new features on a state-of-the-art user interface.

A major improvement for registered owners and representatives of registered Swiss trademarks is the option to enter various changes (i.e. transfer of a trademark, name and address of the trademark owner, representative, licensee, usufructuary and pledgee) online via the detail view of a trademark in the trademark database.

Until Swissreg is replaced for all areas of protection, the Swissreg database and the new database will be operated in parallel. The official publication medium for all intellectual property rights remains Swissreg.

Example (CH-Trademark 746386) -=+ LessIsMore ((fig.))

CH-trademark "LessIsMore" (#746386) in Swiss Trademark Database

Canada joines the Madrid System for the international registration of trademarks (IR)

On June 17, 2019, Canada acceded the Madrid Protocol (Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks) and  the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will be the first in the history of the Madrid Protocol to invite trademark applicants to use Madrid e-filing for their international trademark applications from day one.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received Canada’s instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement and the Singapore Treaty from Canadian Ambassador Stephen de Boer, Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization.