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Further information on the handling and protection of trademarks can be found at the following partly official websites:
Weinmann Zimmerli AG is one of the leading trademark and patent law firms in Switzerland. Dr. Adrian Zimmerli heads the trademark department and advises well-known international and Swiss companies on trademark protection issues. He is also responsible for the free clarifications during our name development processes.
The Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) is responsible for intellectual property matters in Switzerland. The Institute is the federal government's competence center for intellectual property rights. It has its headquarters in Bern.
The German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) is the central authority for industrial property protection in Germany. It is a federal authority subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Justice and is based in Munich.
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) registers Community trademarks and Community designs. These grant the owner a right that is uniformly valid in all member states of the EU. Its headquarters are in Alicante, Spain.
WIPO (in French or English only)
WIPO (in French or English only) The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balan-ced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system. It is located in Geneva.
USPTO (in English only)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a federal agency in the Department of Commerce. Its major function is the examination and issuance of patents and registration of trademarks. It is located in Alexandria.