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Recent Changes in Intellectual Property Laws

October 2008

On 1 July 2008, a number of changes to Swiss intellectual property law entered into force. Swiss copyright law was amended as a result of Switzerland’s ratification of two World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties and implementation of the standards set forth therein to cover recent technological developments. The amendments to Swiss patent law focused on the adequate protection of biotechnological inventions. The revision of Swiss patent law was accompanied by additional revisions, including to trademark and design law and to international private law. These changes to Swiss intellectual property law have generally improved intellectual property protection and the fight against piracy in Switzerland. This newsletter focuses on the most important changes to Swiss intellectual property law.

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