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Lenz & Staehelin

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Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich

Dr Thierry Calame

Work +41 58 450 80 00
Lenz & Staehelin

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Intellectual Property, Litigation and Arbitration, Patent, Copyright, Trademark and other IP-related Litigation, Licensing, Unfair Competition, Technology, Media & Telecoms.


Dr. Thierry Calame is an expert in intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis in patent law. He has vast experience as counsel in patent, trademark, unfair competition and copyright litigation as well as IP related arbitration. Thierry Calame also sits as arbitrator in IP related arbitration. In addition, Thierry Calame advises on licensing, the intellectual property aspects of a wide range of other transactions as well as pharmaceutical law, including regulatory and advertising issues. He holds both a masters degree in chemistry and law.

Thierry Calame is permanent lecturer at the University of St.Gallen and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and has published on a wide range of intellectual property topics. He acted as Reporter General of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) from 2010 to 2014. Since 2017, he has been a member of the board of directors of Innosuisse, the federal agency for science-based innovation.


Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Germany (1995), Admission to Zurich Bar (1996), Associate at Lenz & Staehelin (1996), Partner at Lenz & Staehelin (2002).


German, English, French.


International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), International Trademark Association (INTA), Licensing Executives Society (LES), International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), Zurich Bar Association (ZAV), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR), Institut für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (INGRES), Schweizer Forum für Kommunikationsrecht (SF-FS).


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ (Dipl. nat. sc. ETH 1991), University of St.Gallen (lic. iur. 1994), University of Santa Clara, USA (1998), University of St.Gallen (Dr. iur. 2001).


Healthcare and life sciences

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

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Thierry Calame - Lenz & Staehelin

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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