Art in public buildings has become a subject of discussion over the last fifteen years. The Liechtenstein Building Act of December 2009 regulates the construction, alteration, demolition, maintenance and use of buildings and facilities for the purpose of promoting the quality of design and settlement in the municipalities. Under Article 4, funds must be made available for artistic design for new buildings and conversions of public buildings. The benchmark for buildings is one per cent of the construction costs. LGBl. 2009 No. 044
Liechtenstein has neither its own patent law nor its own patent office. Patents for inventions are subject to Swiss patent law (Patent Treaty of 1978). They are administered by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) in Bern. However, Liechtenstein has its own Trademark Protection Act (1997). As a result of its EEA membership (1995) and its customs treaty with Switzerland (1923), Liechtenstein must comply with both jurisdictions.
With the Designs Act (DesA) of September 2002, Liechtenstein created the legal basis for accession to the Hague Agreement, amended by the Geneva Act 1999, which regulates the international registration of industrial designs. Anyone who registers a design internationally, for example with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), enjoys protection in 65 member states (including the EU and Switzerland). LGBl. 2002 No. 134
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