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Old 14.10.2010, 18:43
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Registering a trademark

Hi All,

Do any of you have experience in registering a trademark in Switzerland (and abroad through the Madrid convention)? If so, did you use a lawyer and how much did that cost?

The filing procedures and costs are clear and its all electronic. However its difficult to assess the true cost if one needs to use a lawyer.

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Old 15.10.2010, 00:13
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Cost me 500 CHF and you can do it online.

It took about 3 months. After about 1 month we got notice that the trademark was available to the public for any objection - 2 months later after no objection the trademark was confirmed.
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You trademarked Swissbob™?!

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Old 15.10.2010, 07:51
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No .

And anyway, TM can be used without registration - it is merely an indication that the name/logo is used by the business. For a registered trademark use ® but legally you must have registered it.
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Re: Registering a trademark

Thanks for the quick reply Swissbob. This really is the fastest forum in the west.

Did it take three months to get covered in CH or Globally?

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Old 15.10.2010, 16:22
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Thanks for the quick reply Swissbob. This really is the fastest forum in the west.

Did it take three months to get covered in CH or Globally?

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Do you know what? I don't honestly know. I think the former but can't recall getting any follow up certificates so maybe it was the lot..... or maybe it's still ongoing.... .
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Registering a trademark

We used a "treuhander" (a fiduciary, kind of an accountant and lawyer rolled into one), to do ours, he did it online probably as well but unlike me he knew what he was doing, also internationally.

He did it as part of a package to set us up,

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Thanks for the quick reply Swissbob. This really is the fastest forum in the west.

Did it take three months to get covered in CH or Globally?

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Late as always to the party, but just in case anyone else needs an answer...

The three months will be Swizzieland alone. Globally takes somewhat longer. There are several ways of filing internationally. Under the Paris Convention, you can file your foreign applications within 6 months of the Swiss application and claim the priority date of the Swiss application. However, more commonly, you can file, simultaneously with your Swiss application, an International (Madrid Union) application based on that Swiss application. When the Swiss application is registered, the International procedure starts. How it will go depends on the countries you've selected (most important countries can be selected, including the USA and the Community Trade Mark system, covering the whole EU). Some countries will let you through very quickly, others, such as the USA with a stiff examining system, will take longer.

If you have a good, distinctive mark, you can get right through without having to employ any foreign attorneys to represent you (foreign attorneys=money). However, if a national trade marks office objects, you have no choice but to hire a foreign representative to fight your case.

Please PM me if you need more information.
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