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Liechtenstein (LI)

Mar 23, 2023 (Newsletter Issue 4/23)
Administrative Procedures in Trademark Protection Introduced
The Bureau of Intellectual Property Office of Economic Affairs (Amt für Volkswirtschaft) has introduced new administrative procedures in trademark protection following the implementation of EU Directive 2015/2436.

As of 1 January 2023, interested parties may now initiate opposition proceedings against the registration of a trademark and proceedings for revocation or declaration of invalidity before the Liechtenstein Office of Intellectual Property.

The Trademark Protection Act (MSchG, LGBl. 1997 No. 60), the Trademark Protection Ordinance (MSchV, LGBl. 1997 No. 77) and the Ordinance on the Collection of Fees under the Trademark Protection Act (MSchG, LGBl. 1997 No. 78) had to be amended.

For further information on the consolidated legislation, please check at; Patentbüro Paul Rosenich AG, Liechtenstein

May 27, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 8/15)
Online Design Register Now Available
The Patent and Trademark Office 'Amt für Volkswirtschaft' announced that the office now provides an online design register. The online design register contains active registrations only.

It can be accessed under


Dec 17, 2009 (Newsletter Issue 6/10)
Accession to Singapore Treaty
Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks: Accession by the Principality of Liechtenstein

The Singapore Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the Principality of Liechtenstein, on March 3, 2010.


Legal basis is the law of December 12, 1996, in its current version as of January 1, 2017 and the regulations of April 1, 1997 in its current version of July 1, 2021 and the regulations on the collection of fees under the Trademark Law of April 1, 1997 in its current version of April 1, 2013.
Liechtenstein is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition (notoriously known trademarks).
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices and any combination of the mentioned signs as well as three-dimensional forms, provided they are able to allow a precise distinction between services and products of an entity and those of another entity. Also registrable are colours, colour combinations, sounds, smells, holograms and movement marks provided they can be graphically depicted.

The following trademark types are registrable: individual trademarks for goods and/or services, collective marks and certification marks.

Absolute grounds for exclusion include:

Signs that are not registrable as trademarks due to their nature,
Trademarks that lack any distinctive character,
Marks consisting solely of signs or indications used in trade to denote kind, quality, quantity, intended purpose, value, geographical origin, the time of production of goods or rendering of services, or other characteristics of goods or services,
Marks that are likely to mislead the public, particularly about the nature, quality, or geographical origin of goods or services,
Marks consisting solely of signs or indications that have become customary in the current language or in the bona fide and established practices of the trade for the products or services in question;
Excluded from trademark protection are all signs that are in the public domain, unless they have become established as trademarks for the goods or services for which they are claimed, as well as all shapes that are essential to the goods themselves or are technically necessary for their function or packaging.
Also excluded from trademark protection are misleading signs and signs that are contrary to public order, morality, or applicable law.
The trademark applications in Liechtenstein are to be filed at the IP department of the Office for Economics („Amt für Volkswirtschaft“).
Any person may deposit a trademark. For the deposit, the following must be submitted to the Office for Economics:
- The application for registration indicating the name or the company name of the depositor;
- the representation of the trademark and
- the list of goods and services for which the trademark is claimed.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants that are non-Swiss, non-EEA applicants need to be represented by a local agent.
A power of attorney is not required.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration which means that a basic application or registration in a foreign applicant's country is not a prerequisite for filing in Liechtenstein.
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination on absolute grounds of refusal, but no search for prior trademarks. The trademark will be registered if absolute grounds of refusal are not found or have been overcome during examination.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 3-4 months if no objections are raised. Where necessary, a first office action will typically issue within 1 month from filing.
After registration, the trademark will be published online on:
There are no provisions for filing an opposition against a pending trademark application or registration.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
Protection begins with the date of application, the right in the trademark and its enforceability, however, start with its registration. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years counted from the date of filing. It is renewable for periods of 10 years.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
Practical details on trademark use requirements are available in our publication here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is CHF 400 for up to three classes and CHF 50.00 for each additional class exceeding the third one. There is an additional fee of CHF 100.00 if submitted within six months after expiry of the term of protection. No registration or publication fees are payable.

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Practical details on trademark licensing are available in our publication here
Online you can see a limited part of information about this country.
More in-depth details are available for the following aspects:

     General Trademark Regulations
     Trademark Use Requirements
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal
     Trademark Licensing

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SMD Group thanks the following law firms for their assictance in updating the information provided.

Apr 09, 2024
paragraph 7, Vaduz, Liechtenstein


Paul Rosenich

Paul Rosenich
Rotenbodenstrasse 12
9497 Triesenberg
Liechtenstein (LI)
Tel + 423 265 33 00
Fax + 423 265 33 01

Paul Rosenich, Dipl. Ing. NTB, LLM, European and national (EPO, EUIPO,CH, LI) Patent, Trademark and Design Attorney, Swiss mediator for IP-Disputes; CEO of PPR AG in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein and in Buchs (SG), Switzerland.
Noémi Rosenich-Markó, Dipl. Oec. (BSc), cert. IPR-Expert, Swiss Trademark Attorney, Head of Trademark Department, Authorised Signatory, PPR AG, Buchs (SG), Switzerland.
Cornelis Jojakim Jalink, Dr. Sc. Nat., European and national Patent,Trademark and Design Attorney (EPO, EUIPO, CH,NL, WIPO), PPR AG, Triesenberg, Liechtenstein.
Robert Schwab, Dipl. Ing. Electrical Engineering, Ing. (HTL) Mechanical Engineering, European Patent Attorney, Patent and Trademark Attorney (CH, EPO, WIPO), PPR AG, Triesenberg, Liechtenstein.

PPR AG was established by Paul Rosenich in 1998. The main focus of our work is drafting and filing intellectual property rights (in particular Patents, Trademarks, Designs, Domain Names and Licenses), as well as defending those rights before IP-offices and courts. We also successfully file oppositions, complaints and actions for declaration of invalidity, whilst also successfully defending clients in such actions. Our team covers European Attorneys and Representatives before the Swiss Patent Office (IGE), the German Patent- and Trademark Office (DPMA), the Hungarian Patent Office, the US Patent Office, the Trademark Office in Liechtenstein and the District Court of Liechtenstein.
We represent before the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and cooperate with Patent Attorneys and Attorneys at Law worldwide. We also offer mediation in the field of Intellectual Property in our branch office in Buchs (SG), Switzerland.

Amt für Volkswirtschaft (AVW)
Postfach 684
9490 Vaduz
Tel +423 236 68 71
Fax +423 236 68 89
Address for visitors:
Haus der Wirtschaft
Poststrasse 1
9494 Schaan

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8