Copyright protects artistic and literary works. The concept of « Works » varies according to national legislation. In Switzerland, they are defined as literary and artistic intellectual creations with an individual character, irrespective of their value or purpose . They include works in the fields of Literature, Science, Music, Graphics, Architecture, Photography, Cinematography, Choreography, as well as Computer Programs. In Switzerland, Copyright claims are rare in the context of watchmaking, whereas in other jurisdictions they can be an interesting tool.
Contrary to Marks, Designs and Inventions, Copyright does not require any formal title of protection. We are at your disposal to evaluate your claims, and preserve and enforce your rights.
In the Age of Internet, your place on the web is precious. We secure your domain name, take care of its maintenance and assist you in any dispute resolution procedure before the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of WIPO. We also prepare domain name transfers, contractually and technically.
The newly enacted Unfair Competition Law (LCD) bolsters your protection in the field of Intellectual Property. It protects good faith in commerce and encourages fair practice. Article 3 al. 1, lit. d of the LCD is the core provision. It says that « he who takes measures of a nature to entail confusion with the merchandise, works, services or the business of another party indulges in unfair competition ». Further, the exploitation of a third party’s performance or a confidentiality breach may also result in unfair competition.