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The Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SOGC)

The legal bases of the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce can be found in the regulation of the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SR 221.415) of 26 January 2011.
Regulation about the SOGC

Digital signature

On 1 March 2006 the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce introduced the qualified digital signature, which since that time guarantees the authenticity of the official SOGC data on the internet platform.
This certifying is based on the Federal law from 19 December 2003 concerning the electronic signature (ZertES).
Federal law of the electronic signature as PDF file
Further information about the digital signature you find in our frequently asked questions
What is a qualified digital signature?
How can I examine the digital signature of a SOGC publication?

Commercial register

The legal basis of the messages published in the column Commercial register you find in the commercial register regulation from 17 October 2007, which you can get on the sites of the Federal Commercial Registry Office:
Commercial register regulation (in German)


The legal bases for the publication of marks you may find on the web site of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE):
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE)

Trademarks to be published exclusively at as of July 1, 2008
The Federal Institute of Intellectual Property will no longer publish trademark registrations in the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce beginning July 1, 2008. As of this date, the legally effective publication of new registrations and changes in trademark registrations will be only on, the Institute database of protective titles; this applies to patents, designs, and topographies as well.
All information at swissreg is free of charge. An electronic subscription can also be set up at swissreg’s MyPage: With MyPage, subscribers have their own area where they can store their search queries and/or monitorings of protective rights. Search query intervals can be personally selected and the resulting data are then sent via e-mail.
More information on this will be at www.swissreg.chas of April 2008.

Bankruptcy, debt enforcement, calls to creditors and lost titles

Legal bases for the publications:
Swiss Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law (SchKG) (German)
Swiss Code of Obligations (OR) (German)
Swiss Civil Code (ZGB) (German)
Merger Act (MerA) (German)

Other legal publications

Collective labor agreement
For delivery offices and online subscribers