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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

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Dr Michael Ritscher

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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

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Trademarks, Design & Advertising | Patents and Life Sciences | Arbitration and Litigation


Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland, and beyond. Michael Ritscher heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s  IP group. He has extensive practise in advising and representing clients from a broad variety of sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail. Michael Ritscher is often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases. He is a reference for companies which regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law. Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.


Partner and head of the IP-team with Meyerlustenberger Lachenal (since 1994), Associate with meyerlustenberger (1991–1993), Worked at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Munich (1989–1991), Associate with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, New York/Washington DC (1988–1989), Associate with a leading corporate law firm, Zurich (1985–1988)


German, English, French


President of the Institute for Industrial Property INGRES


Visiting scholar at Stanford University Law School (1989), Georgetown University Center of Law, LL.M. (1989), Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law, Munich (1987), Research Assistant at the University of Zurich, Faculty of Intellectual Property Rights (1984–1985), University of Zurich, lic. iur. (1983)


Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) provides a 'user-friendly' service, covering the drafting of agreements for pharmaceutical companies and research organisations, as well as dispute resolution, pricing negotiation, product liability issues, transactions and regulatory matters under the Therapeutic Product Act. Together with Michael Ritscher, the 'responsive, knowledgeable and easy-to-work-with' Simon Holzer is representing Gilead Sciences in multiple Swiss patent disputes related to Tenofovir and supplementary protection certificates.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Ritscher - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)

Within: Intellectual property

The 'strong and highly experienced patent litigation group' at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) has 'a good knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and regulatory requirements' and is perceived as 'approachable, efficient and business-oriented'. The team is best known for its expertise in patent litigation, trade mark and design infringement matters, cases involving EU law, as well as copyright, advertising and brand name aspects. 'Easy-to-work-with and technically strong' Simon Holzer collaborated with 'extremely knowledgeable litigator' Michael Ritscher on the successful representation of Gilead Sciences in all patent disputes related to its Tenofovir patents and supplementary protection certificates. Hilti and AstraZeneca are other clients, which Ritscher acts for in patent disputes. 'Very good lawyers' Guillaume Fournier and Peter Schramm are also noted.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Providing full-service advice, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is best known for its intellectual property, private client, real estate, TMT, competition and corporate work. Key names include Simon Holzer, Michael Ritscher , Patricia Guerra, Lukas Bühlmann, Michael Reinle and Mario Strebel.

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