No rule of football

Intellectual Property - Switzerland

Contributed by Froriep Renggli

Authors: Thilo Pachmann, Roger Staub

Recently the Federal Administrative Court had to decide whether the trademark TOURBILLON was misleading in terms of the Trademark Act. The word ‚tourbillon‘ in French means ’swirl‘ or ‚whirlwind‘, and in watch-making terms it refers to the addition of a watch escapement to the mechanics. However, it is also the name of a mountain and castle in Sion, the capital of the Swiss canton of Wallis, and the name of Sion Football Club’s stadium.


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