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Lenz & Staehelin

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Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich

Lara Dorigo

Work +41 58 450 80 00
Lenz & Staehelin

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Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition, Licensing, Technology Transfer, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Litigation and Arbitration.


Lara Dorigo is an intellectual property lawyer with broad experience in all relevant fields and a particular affinity for technology-related issues. She primarily represents clients in patent disputes at the Federal Patent Court or before arbitral tribunals. While she has particularly vast experience with biotech and pharmaceutical patent disputes, she also handles trademarks and unfair competition litigation and advises on life sciences regulatory matters, licensing, R&D agreements and all sorts of technology transfer issues, branding strategies, selective distribution agreements, entertainment law and personality right issues.

In 2017, Lara Dorigo was elected by the Swiss Parliament as non-permanent judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court.


Clerkship at a Swiss District Court (2002), Admission to the St.Gallen Bar (2003), Associate at Lenz & Staehelin (2003), Senior Associate in the IP Litigation Group of Allen & Overy LLP, London (2009/10), Counsel at Lenz & Staehelin (2014), Non-permanent judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court (2018).


German, English, Italian.


International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Licensing Executives Society (LES), International Trademark Association (INTA), Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES), Institut für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (INGRES), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Zurich Bar Association (ZAV).


University of St.Gallen (lic. iur. 2001), New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Trade Regulation 2005/06).


Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Next generation lawyers

Lara Dorigo - Lenz & Staehelin

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Core areas of expertise at Lenz & Staehelin include intellectual property and commercial disputes, regulatory advice, M&A and licensing transactions, as well as product liability, competition and outsourcing matters. Thierry Calame represents Mepha as the claimant in several patent nullity proceedings concerning breast cancer treatment, while Stephan Erni assisted Coltene with the acquisitions of SciClan and MicroMega. Counsel Lara Dorigo is another key practitioner.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Lenz & Staehelin 'responds swiftly and adequately' and houses a team of 'professionals who know what they are talking about'. With a focus on life sciences, consumer products, culture and the public sector, services include strategic IP advice and management, such as patent, trade mark, copyright and design law, as well as unfair-competition matters, IP arbitration and litigation. In recent successful matters, Jürg Simon represented Emmentaler Switzerland against antitrust claims and in an appellation of origin matter in Italy, while Thierry Calame defended Migros against a patent infringement claim concerning coffee capsules manufactured in Switzerland. 'Proactive' counsel Lara Dorigo, who 'provides clear, comprehensive advice', is also recommended.

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