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Ownership of university inventions
Walder Wyss
  • Switzerland
  • 20 March 2013

In a recent decision on the ownership of inventions created with the involvement of universities, the new Federal Patent Court held that the university was not the (joint) owner of the patent, despite the fact that the professor participating in the invention had used the university's facilities for his contributions to the invention. The court held that there was no cantonal law conferring the rights of the professor to the university.

Harmonisation of health claims legislation with EU law
Walder Wyss
  • Switzerland
  • 23 January 2013

The Swiss Federal Council recently adopted a revision of health claims legislation in order to harmonise it with EU law. The revision is intended to prevent the creation of new barriers to trade and to provide consumers with the same information that is available in the European Union. The ban on health claims for slimming products has also been revoked.

Likelihood of confusion between trademarks for pharmaceutical products
Walder Wyss
  • Switzerland
  • 12 December 2012

In a series of recent cases the Opposition Board found a likelihood of confusion between trademarks for pharmaceutical products with phonetic similarities. In its decisions it took into account the fact that consumers usually purchase pharmaceutical products with a higher degree of attention.

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