By order of the Federal Office of Communications
SWITCH operates the .ch domain name registry on behalf of the Federal Office of Communications OFCOM. As an independent foundation, SWITCH puts its longstanding experience and significant technical expertise to work to fulfil this demanding task. Find out more about SWITCH as a registry
New legal framework conditions came into force on 1 January 2021, resulting in the following important changes:
- Revision of the General Terms and Conditions in order to comply with the new legal and de facto framework conditions.
- Domain name holders' details will no longer be publicly accessible.
- SWITCH will only provide information on personal data in justified cases.
- The zone file will be published.
Revocation and blocking of .ch domain names - Guidelines for authorities
In cases of criminal or administrative proceedings, authorities may approach SWITCH with requests to revoke or block domain names. In collaboration with OFCOM, SWITCH has developed guidelines for how an authority should proceed in such cases and what scope for action is available to SWITCH when responding to instructions from authorities.
Interested authorities can request the guidelines in German, French or Italian by email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a new domain name is registered, no check is made as to whether it violates any third-party rights. You are responsible for ensuring that your chosen domain name does not violate any rights pertaining to names, trademarks or other distinguishing symbols. Certain terms are legally protected. In particular, the name of a political commune in Switzerland may only be registered by that commune.
The following links will aid your research:
www.zefix.ch Central Business Names Index of Switzerland
www.swissreg.ch Search for Swiss trademarks and applications in the online database of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE). This is not a substitute for professional searches because it is not possible to search for similar trademarks and international trademarks with protection in Switzerland.
Professional trademark searches (including searches for similar trademarks and international trademarks with protection in Switzerland) are available privately or through the IGE.