Swiss National Team

The Coat of Arms Protection law, in force since 2017, prohibits the use of coats of arms for commercial purposes.

Leonardo Genoni wearing the jersey of the national team
Robert Hradil / RvS.Media

As Blick reports, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) is in conflict with the SIHF concerning the use of the Swiss coat of arms on the jerseys of the national teams. Only the authorities may use the coats of arms unless a license for use is obtained, as, for instance, is the case for Swiss knife manufacturer Victorinox.

The SIHF had time until the end of 2018 to ask for authorization, however, the Confederation considers that the SIHF failed to submit a reasoned request. Patrick Bloch, CEO of the SIHF, explains that they have been in contact with the highest authorities since 2018, and have been repeatedly assured of their support. A change of the law, however, can only be implemented through both chambers of the Swiss Parliament.

Other national teams, such as the various football national teams, do not have this problem as they use the Swiss cross not as a coat of arms, but as a flag.

( 13 March 2024 | lle )