Some customers, whose Trademark required the filing an affidavit of use in USA, have recently received a document originating from a ‘Patent and Trademark Office’ (see below), requesting the signature and payment of an amount for ‘renewal’ of the Trademark. The Patent and Trademark Office is not official, it possibly is more or less of a scam. Do not forget, when in doubt over a document received by a so-called authority or an unknown registry, asking for payment, please do consult us. This might avoid the risk of falling into a trap, as once the money is paid, evidently it would be almost impossible to get a refund.
Well established Swiss trademark, registered in many countries.
IP rights (trademarks, design and patent) possibly sold with stock of watches and components..
If interested, please write to : firstname.lastname@example.org (brochure available)
Our office will be closed during the Independance Day of Neuchâtel on March 1, 2017, reopening on March 2.
We wish you happiness and success in the coming year and take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
During the festive season our offices will be open at the usual working hours except on December 26. 2016 and January 2nd, 2017.
On October 6, 2016 Brunei Darussalam joined the Madrid Protocol and became the 98th member of the Madrid System. The relevant treaty will enter into force on January 6, 2017.
Northern Iraq is suspended until further notice. We expect the Kurdistan Trademarks Office to resume normal activity in January 2017.
We take this opportunity to specify that Iraq is divided into two trademark jurisdictions; Baghdad and Erbil. In order to be protected for the whole country, a trademark must be filed before the Trademarks Office in Baghdad and the Trademarks Office in Erbil. Please note that both Offices operate separately and that filing a trademark application in one jurisdiction does not grant protection in the other.
Cambodia joined the international patent and design filing systems and became the 151st contracting state.
Furthermore, Cambodia became a member of the International Design System, namely The Hague System. We shall be able to designate Cambodia in a new international design application from February 25, 2017.
The Indian Trademark Registry has ordered the abandonment of approximately 200,000 applications and oppositions in the month of March 2016, in a bid to clear the growing backlog of cases.
As a large number of files have been abandoned erroneously, the Indian Trademark Registry is now giving an opportunity of redressal with respect to those cases which have been wrongfully abandoned by the registry. Our agent in India has already started checking all the applications and oppositions in order to have them treated by the Registry.
We assure you that all necessary steps are being taken to safeguard your interests.
Dear members and clients,
Since the Federal Law on the Free Circulation of Lawyers came into effect in June 2002, in-house lawyers are no longer permitted to plead before the courts. As a result, INFOSUISSE has been using the services of outside lawyers to defend your interests. Although we have managed with this solution until now, its main drawback has been that the independent lawyers acting for the Company were not always familiar with the intricacies of the watchmaking industry. This problem has taken on a new dimension recently as your litigation needs have evolved.
In order to meet the challenge and to provide you with the specialised expertise you require, Mr Christoph Künzi, with the full support of the Board of Directors, has decided to resign from his position as Managing Director and head of the legal department at INFOSUISSE, to set up his own law firm as of 1 May 2016. Mr. Künzi therefore left us on 30 April after 17 years with our Company, to become an independent attorney. His new firm, CBK LAW, will be located on the ground floor of our building at Rue du Grenier 18, in La Chaux-de-Fonds. In view of his new status and his extensive experience, the Board of Directors felt that Mr. Künzi should handle the files he has been dealing with up till now. As an independent attorney, he will continue to offer the usual services, such as debt recovery, preventive advice, contract drafting and alternative dispute resolution, to our members and clients as well as the general public. In addition, he will now represent his clients before courts throughout Switzerland and act on their behalf in foreign jurisdictions.
What happens next?
Nothing will change for clients using our Business Information and Intellectual Property services, other than the fact that, thanks to our new partnership with CBK LAW, they can now benefit from the services of an independent lawyer with specific experience and expertise in their line of business, who can represent them in court. Clients of our legal department will receive a letter from their new lawyer in due course.
INFOSUISSE would like to thank Christoph Künzi for his wise counsel and his commitment to the Company over the years, and wishes him every success in his new career. We highly recommend his services to our members and clients.
Ms Michelle Voser has been appointed as the new Managing Director of INFOSUISSE and will take over from Christoph Künzi on 1 May 2016. Ms Voser, who holds a degree in business economics, joined the Company in 2002 and was appointed head of the Business Information Department in 2009. She has solid connections in the watch industry and her extensive knowledge in the field will stand her in good stead when she takes over at the helm. We wish her every success in her new role. We would also like to thank you, our members and clients, for your continued trust and support.
We are delighted to be able to offer you this new partnership, which can act for you in court in the future should the need arise.
INFOSUISSE, Information horlogère et industrielle
Amendment of a Declaration concerning the International Registration of marks in the Kingdom of Denmark
On January 13, 2016, the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark notified to the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) a declaration according to which it withdraws the one made upon ratification of the Protocol "to the effect that until further notice the Protocol should not apply to the Faroe Islands". Accordingly, the Protocol of Madrid will apply in Faroe Islands for all international registrations or subsequent designations in Denmark filed on or after April 13, 2016.