Start a business in Geneva

6. Other useful information

In addition to the aspects related to the choice of legal form or registration in the commercial register, other parameters must be considered when starting your business.


Before undertaking lengthy and costly procedures to acquire or transform premises, make sure that the premises you are considering do indeed correspond to your company's needs.


If you wish to import or export goods, you must declare them to customs.


If your company's activity is focused on import or export, organisations such as Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV) and the various Swiss and foreign chambers of commerce can provide you with valuable advice.

Intellectual Property

If you are developing an innovative business idea or inventing a product that could be marketed later, it is essential to have adequate legal protection.

In Switzerland, the official body that protects trademarks, designs or products is the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI).

Last updated
19 November 2018

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