The protection of trademarks and patents in Switzerland is set to become more expensive. The Federal Council has decided to raise certain fees charged by the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property with effect from January 1 2014.

Annual patent renewal fees will become progressively higher over the life of a patent registration, as is already the case in many European jurisdictions. Patent renewal fees will start at Sfr100 for the fourth year of protection (currently due from the fifth year) and will increase by Sfr50 for every additional year of protection. The increased fees will apply to patents registered from January 1 2011.

The renewal fee for trademark registrations will increase from Sfr550 to Sfr700. The individual fee for the designation of Switzerland in international trademark registrations under the Madrid Protocol will also be raised from Sfr350 to Sfr450. A renewal under the Madrid Protocol will cost Sfr500, up from Sfr350. The increased fees will apply to all trademark registrations with a renewal date of January 1 2014 or later.

For further information on this topic please contact Alwin Keller at Froriep Renggli by telephone (+41 44 386 6000), fax (+41 44 383 6050) or email (akeller@froriep.ch).

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