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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Dr Markus Wang

Work +41 58 261 50 00
Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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IP & Technology | Life Sciences | Litigation | Competition Law | Media, Entertainment & Sports | Transport & Logistics | Fintech | Startup Desk


Markus Wang heads the intellectual property team and co-heads the life sciences group of the firm. His practice covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious patent, trademark, copyright and other IP-related issues, in particular in the pharmaceutical, biotech and IT sector. He frequently drafts and negotiates license, outsourcing and R&D agreements. Furthermore, he specializes in regulatory matters in the fields of life sciences and health care.

Markus Wang lectures on intellectual property law at the University of Fribourg. He has written two books on design protection and contributed chapters to the latest commentary on Swiss trademark law and to several books on other IP, IT and life sciences topics. Further, he has published several articles for periodicals in these fields.

Markus Wang is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property in professional and life sciences publications and listings such as Chambers Europe, European Legal Experts, Who's Who Legal, WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals and IAM Patent 1000.


  • Member of the Board of Directors of Bär & Karrer AG (2009-2017)
  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2002)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (1996-2001)
  • Trainee at Bär & Karrer (1994)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant to Prof. Dr. Carl Baudenbacher (1991-1993)


English, German


  • Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law at the University of Fribourg (since 2007)
  • Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law at the University of St. Gallen (1998-2003)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Institute of Intellectual Property (INGRES)


  • London School of Economics and Political Sciences: LL.M. (1998)
  • University of St. Gallen: Dr. iur. (1998)
  • Research Fellow Sponsored by a Scholarship of the Swiss National Fund at the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich (1993/1994)
  • University of St. Gallen: lic. iur. (1992)


Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is one of the best known firms for transactions in the Swiss pharmaceutical market, while also providing regulatory, distribution, advertising, intellectual property and general contractual expertise. IP specialist Markus Wang worked on the sale of interests in client Humabs BioMed to Vir Biotechnology, while Markus Schott assisted Vyaire Medical with the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of the entirety of shares in Acutronic Medical Systems.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is well known for handling IP matters in connection with M&A and capital markets transactions for clients in the technology, life sciences, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, while also representing clients in licensing arbitration, patent litigation and rights disputes involving artists and event organisers. Markus Wang acts for a licensor from the sports equipment industry in several injunction proceedings against the licensee concerning the upcoming termination of their relationship.

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Within: TMT

'Highly professional and responsive firmBär & Karrer Ltd. 'is the go-to firm for international companies', 'providing the perfect mix of extraordinary legal skills, deep industry knowledge, proactivity and kind personal treatment'. Its range of TMT services includes M&A transactions and joint ventures, software contracts and IT outsourcing projects, regulatory telecoms law, as well as intellectual property, commercial, tax and estate planning assistance for artists in the media and entertainment sector. 'Readily available, business-minded and technically excellentMarkus Wang handled the software and intellectual property aspects of the client's (an affiliate of Warburg Pincus) acquisition of a stake in Avaloq. 'Leading lawyerMichele Bernasconi, who is 'a smart strategist' and 'makes a practical and straightforward approach to legal problems', serves as a regular adviser to, and Facebook on regulatory and compliance issues.

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