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Okt 12, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 18/16)
Switzerland
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Administrative Cancellation Proceedings Soon in Force


As of January 1, 2017, an administrative non-use cancellation proceeding before the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (the Swiss Trademark Office) will be available in Switzerland.

This proceeding will be more quick and cost effective than the current proceeding. It may be filed by anyone, no specific legal interest in the cancellation is required. The proceeding is initiated by a request to the Swiss Trademark Office. A request for partial cancellation with regard to certain goods and/or services is possible. The application must include prima facie evidence for the non-use of the contested mark. It has been reported by the Office that an in-use search report from a specialized provider is sufficient.

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Source: Isler & Pedrazzini AG, Switzerland