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Jogger attacked by two Boxer dogs in Yvorne

A woman out jogging on Monday evening in Yvorne in the canton of Vaud suffered wounds to her legs and an arm after being set upon by two Boxer dogs.

Jogger attacked by two Boxer dogs in Yvorne
Not the dogs in question. Photo: MarcinS/Depositphotos

One of the dogs knocked the 50-year-old to the ground and attacked her as the second Boxer joined in, 24 Heures reported.

The woman was able to take refuge in her car parked nearby. She was later admitted to the CHUV hospital in Lausanne for treatment to her bites.

Police were able to trace the dog walker, who had fled the scene, and to remove the animals.

The 70-year-old, who was known to police for similar incidents in the past, claimed not to be the owner of the dogs.

He is currently appealing against a ban on keeping dogs.

The public prosecutor has opened an inquiry.

In Switzerland all dogs have to be microchipped and attacks have to be reported to the veterinary authorities.

There are over half a million dogs kept in Switzerland. Around 9,500 people have to be treated every year for dog bites.

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Swiss watchmaker Swatch wins latest trademark battle with Apple

A top Swiss court on Thursday handed the watchmaker Swatch victory in a trademark dispute with US technology giant Apple – the latest in a series of legal disputes between the two firms.

Swiss watchmaker Swatch wins latest trademark battle with Apple
Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek with the Zero One wristwatch in 2014. File photo: AFP

In the current case, Apple had alleged the Swiss company’s ‘Tick different’ slogan was too similar to the US company’s ‘Think different’ slogan of the 1990s.

Apple originally filed an objection with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, but that organisation turned down the complaint.

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The US company then took the case to the St-Gallen based Federal Administrative Court.

To have a chance of winning its case against Swatch, Apple had to prove that the famous slogan – the related TV commercial won an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial in 1998 – had more than 50 percent recognition in Switzerland.

However, the Federal Administrative Court ruled Apple had not provided sufficient evidence that this was the case and found in Swatch’s favour.

The evidence for awareness of the slogan in Switzerland consisted of just several articles on Apple in Swiss broadsheet NZZ.

This dispute was just the latest in a series of legal confrontations between the two companies.

In 2007, Swatch, which is headed up by charismatic businessman Nick Hayek, trademarked the term ‘iSwatch’ before Apple was able to register the term ‘iWatch. 

The Swiss watchmaker also trademarked the expression ‘One more thing’, which was made famous by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Apple has had other legal problems in Switzerland. In 2012, it reportedly paid 20 million Swiss francs (€17.8 million) to Swiss Federal Railways to avoid going to court over its use of the design of the Swiss railway clock in its i06 operating system.

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