The Capsule Saga Comes to an End – Swiss Federal Tribunal Denies Trademark Protection to Nespresso Capsules

The Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that the shape of the Nespresso capsules is technically necessary and that Nestlé’s 3D trademark shall therefore be cancelled (decision 4A_61/2021 of 7 September 2021).


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Electronic Signatures – A simple solution for concluding IP contracts in the digital age?

If the current global pandemic had any positive impact on our daily lives, it is that we all have become more flexible: More people than before can work from wherever they like and be even more efficient by saving time and costs spent on travelling. Against the backdrop of these developments, it seems downright antiquated to continue signing letters, contracts, or other legal documents by hand. T…

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court affirms interest in bringing an action for annulment with respect to a Central Attack under the Madrid System

In its decision 4A_97/2020 of August 5, 2020, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court addressed the question of whether the interest in bringing an action for annulment concerning a basic trademark can be affirmed due to the legal consequences inherent to an approval of such claims under the institute of the so-called Central Attack.

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On November 15, 2…

Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirms when the Display of Information is a Technical Feature that can Provide an Inventive Step

Is an animated lung on a display of a ventilator machine merely an unpatentable display of information or is it a technical feature that can provide an inventive step? For the first time, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court spoke on the issue that such graphical user interfaces can be technical, and affirmed a Swiss Federal Patent Court’s decision (see BGer 4A_609/2019, July 16, 2020 affirming BPat…


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