The symbols are protected by trademarks. Their use is dependent on a contract with GINETEX Switzerland!
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The care labelling symbols are internationally harmonised and protected by trademark law. This means that these care symbols are registered trademarks and may not be used without a valid licence agreement with GINETEX Switzerland.
All companies which use the care symbols in any form whatsoever are therefore concerned.
The trademark protection applies to all articles which are imported, produced or distributed in Switzerland or sold to end users. This includes use of the symbols for advertising and training purposes and reproduction in printed matter, correspondence and on websites.
Ignorance does not provide protection against a penalty! Newcomers in particular should therefore seek information about the relevant conditions. But companies which have been on the market for some time already and used the symbols without a valid licence agreement should also seek information because the care symbols are trademarks which are protected at both national and international level. Legal proceedings will be taken if breaches occur!
By signing the agreement, your company is also enabled to distribute its textile articles without further limitations throughout Europe. Membership of GINETEX Switzerland includes distribution in the other countries.
The annual licence fee depends on the sales figures of the individual companies concerned.