Intellectual property in Switzerland

Homburger

Homburger provides advice on all areas of IP including licenses, trade marks, copyrights and patents, and represents clients in IP litigation, particularly patent claims. The team includes individuals with a technical background, giving it particular expertise in regulated sectors including the TMT, life sciences, energy and financial services industries. Gregor Bühler has particular experience in the IP aspects of transactional matters and assists clients from the media and life science industries with regulatory issues. Andri Hess and ‘stand-out partnerGeorg Rauber are experienced in patent litigation and arbitration proceedings, advisory work and IP contracts.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Bühler; Andri Hess

Other key lawyers:

Georg Rauber

Testimonials

‘Excellent know-how of local and international law. Answers brought to the point for a quick and good decision.’

‘Very knowledgeable team that is supporting us on all our IP and licensing matters. We deal with strategic partners on a global scale and the IP team at Homburger does an excellent job in supporting us on all matters very thoroughly. What I do appreciate is them also openly pointing out the ends of the spectrum on which they can support us and have recommended once or twice to bring in additional expertise where needed.’

‘Stand-out partner is Georg Rauber.’

Key clients

Google

Roche

Novartis

Credit Suisse

Nestlé | Nespresso

Hyundai

Swatch Group

Volkswagen

Edwards Lifesciences

Huawei

Sandoz

Illumina

Six (Swiss stock exchange)

Swisscom

CDR-Life

Uster Technologies

Coram Tools

AMAG

Therachon

Work highlights

  • Enforced Illumina’s sequencing-by-synthesis patents before the Swiss Federal Patent Court.
  • Enforced the trade mark rights of Hyundai.
  • Advised EF Education First on IP related matters regarding a major investment from Permira in EF Kids & Teens business.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin's IP practice acts for clients from a wide range of sectors with particular experience in the pharmaceuticals, medical device and food and beverage industries. The team advises on all IP rights issues and represents clients in international and national litigation and arbitration proceedings involving patents, trade marks, licensing matters, appellations of origin and unfair competition work. The ‘extremely knowledgeableThierry Calame and the ‘outstandingJürg Simon specialise in patents and trade marks respectively and jointly lead the group with Daniel Tunik, who focuses on IP litigation and arbitration. Newly promoted partner Peter Ling and Lara Dorigo are experienced in patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Calame; Jürg Simon; Daniel Tunik

Other key lawyers:

Peter Ling; Lara Dorigo

Testimonials

‘Lenz & Staehelin’s IP team is one of the leading teams in Switzerland. They are highly professional and knowledgeable. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Jürg Simon is one of the outstanding trade mark practitioners in Switzerland with top experience and expertise. He’s the person to turn to especially for demanding and sophisticated cases.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise.’

‘We work almost exclusively with Lara Dorigo. In addition to her well-known outstanding legal skills, Lara Dorigo is also distinguished by her amazing ability to reliably assess the strengths and weaknesses of the litigants. Lara Dorigo has also impressively demonstrated that even during a lockdown she is willing and able to go the extra mile for her mandates.’

‘Their work is excellent and the team and their work was highly regarded by the attorneys working on the related cases pending in other jurisdictions.’

‘Thierry Calame and Lara Dorigo were extremely knowledgeable about all the aspects of the law, and they engaged and worked well with subject matter experts and worked very well with me and other members of my company. They provided me with excellent advice, and gave advanced and detailed instructions. They also worked extremely well with the other legal teams handling the related matters in other countries, which was very important due to the multi-jurisdictional nature of the case. In fact, some of the members of the other legal teams told me how impressed they were by them. I can’t praise them highly enough.’

Key clients

Abbott

AbbVie Inc.

Actavis / Mepha

Apple Inc.

Champagne producers association

Consorzio Prosecco

Diageo

Dyson

Emmentaler Switzerland

Leap Partners AG

Mars

Merck & Co., Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Migros

MSC Cruises

Pernod Ricard

Pfizer Inc.

Sanofi, Genzyme

Swatch Group

Swiss Government, Armasuisse

Swiss Sustainable Yachts AG

Swiss Salt Works AG

Sky International AG

Tamedia

Teva Pharma AG

Verweij Fashion B.V.

Weetabix Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Apple in defending and enforcing trade mark rights for the client’s core brand in appeal proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court and the Federal Supreme Court.
  • Represented Abbott against Edwards Lifesciences in complex patent infringement litigation regarding the manufacture and distribution of the PASCAL transcatheter heart valve repair system.
  • Represented Merck & Co., Inc. in complex trade mark infringement litigation involving domain names, company names, social media and email addresses. The proceedings involved issues of internet use, particularly the entitlement to use “Merck” as part of ‘.com’ addresses of various websites and social media sites and on the respective sites.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd was established following the 2021 merger between Froriep and Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. The group has an enviable track record in patent litigation and arbitration proceedings, particularly in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences fields. Further areas of focus for the team include counterfeit cases, design matters, geographical appellations, blockchain matters, copyrights and trade marks. Michael Ritscher is praised as ‘one of the most experienced IP attorneys in Switzerland’ and leads the IP practice. Simon Holzer, Reinhard Oertli, Peter Schramm, Guillaume Fournier, Lukas Bühlmann, Kilian Schärli, Nadine von Büren-Maier and Ulrike Ciesla are further key contacts in the ‘team of competent and friendly professionals’. Christian Fischer, former head of Swisscom’s patent department, joined in mid-2020. Nicola Benz focuses on the technology and life sciences industries, and James Merz specialises in trade mark, design, unfair competition and copyright litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ritscher

Other key lawyers:

Simon Holzer; Reinhard Oertli; Peter Schramm; Guillaume Fournier; Lukas Bühlmann; Kilian Schärli; Nadine von Büren-Maier; Ulrike Ciesla; Chris Fischer; Nicola Benz; James Merz

Testimonials

‘The team are an experienced pharma litigation team unique amongst their peers in that they only do innovator work.’

‘Michael Ritscher is highly experienced and knows everybody in the industry – other European litigators and a whole host of judges. He is easy to work with and works well with teams from other jurisdictions. Kilian Schärli is an up and coming young partner starting to make his mark on the team. Ulrike Ciesla is an extremely experienced patent attorney and a joy to work with. Her experience and technical know-how really adds another layer to the team.’

‘A team of competent and friendly professionals.’

‘They have excellent experience which enables them to deal with the trickiest of issues.’

‘Guillaume Fournier is a top-notch trade mark litigator. He has superb knowledge of the law and is very client focused with his turnaround times.’

‘They always send a concise assessment with clear advice rather than just listing all the options or theoretical legal opinions. They have a pragmatic commercial approach.’

‘Peter Schramm is an excellent lawyer. He advises and litigates in complex IP matters, in particular also cross border. Able to give very clear and short advice on complex trade mark / design and unfair competition matters.’

‘Simon Holzer is an excellent lawyer for complex litigation and contract matters. Able to give very well thought out, pragmatic and focused advice on complex patent / trade mark / geographical indications matters.’

Key clients

Adecco AG

AstraZeneca

Bayer Intellectual Property, Bayer AG

Bayer Pharma AG (Germany), Bayer Intellectual Property AG (Germany), Bayer Consumer Care AG (Switzerland), Bayer (Schweiz AG) (Switzerland)

Bill Foundation

Bioeq AG

Bobst

Calida

Cellprotect Holding AG

Chapter 4

CHOCOSUISSE, Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers

Coop Gruppe Genossenschaft; Coop Genossenschaft

Deutsche Telekom AG

Emirates

EOS

FIFA

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

H. Lundbeck A/S (Denmark); Lundbeck Schweiz AG (Switzerland)

Haribo

Hilti

Implantec

Lindt & Sprüngli

Major League Baseball (MLB)

MaKe WeBo AG

MCM

Modum

Mundipharma Medical Company, Euro-Celtique SA

Porsche

Provins

Sunshine

Swiss Cosmetic Association (SKW)

ViiV Healthcare

Ty Inc.

Telegram Messenger

Bitcoin Suisse

Work highlights

  • Supporting Vitra’s legal team on instructing the foreign firms advising on enforcing copyrights, trade marks and designs.
  • Representing Gilead in a major dispute against Teva’s Swiss subsidiary Mepha concerning Gilead’s Swiss SPC for the combination of tenofovir disoproxil and emtricitabine, protecting Gilead’s blockbuster HIV pharmaceuticals.
  • Representing Coop in a major trade mark, trade name and unfair competition case before the Court of Commerce of the canton of Aargau regarding the protection of the brand LUMIMART for lighting products against a major German competitor using the brand LUMINARTE.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s IP practice advises clients on the full range of IP issues and is 'a terrific resource for domestic and international issues'. The team's clients stem from the automotive, life science, consumer goods and entertainment sectors. The group handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters concerning trade marks, patents, copyrights, licensing agreements, designs and the IP aspects of transactions. Practice head Philipp Groz specialises in both national and international litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning unfair competition, licensing and distribution issues. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who is experienced in supplementary protection certificates, joined in mid-2020 from Pestalozzi.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz

Other key lawyers:

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer

Testimonials

‘Excellent reputation, known for expertise in all matters related to intellectual property, not just from a perspective of boardroom advice and litigation, but also the complex field of IP arbitration.’

‘We worked with Philipp Groz, whom I selected based on his reputation of being an expert in intellectual property and arbitration. The matter involved complex questions of contractual and tort liability in a cross-border case, but based on Swiss law. Philipp Groz delivered in perfect form the clear answers to the questions sought.’

‘Terrific resource for domestic and international issues.’

‘Extremely competent and knowledgeable.’

‘Philipp Groz and Lorenza Ferrari are good and experienced lawyers. Among the large law firms in Switzerland, this is certainly a recommended intellectual property law team, in particular for IP related arbitration cases.’

‘Philipp Groz is particularly experienced in intellectual property related arbitration and litigation. Lorenza Ferrari has a lot of experience in the life sciences sector.’

Key clients

Hetronic International

Porsche

Doosan Heavy Industries

BASF

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Bayer AG

Bouygues Construction

Philip Morris International

Samsung

Volkswagen

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

CSL Behring AG

Molson Coors

SIX Group

ams AG

Noventa Group AG

TTTech

Work highlights

  • Defended Volkswagen in Swiss unfair competition and misleading advertising litigation related to Diesel issues.
  • Advised Santhera on various complex, multi-jurisdictional licensing deals.
  • Represented Hetronic in several disputes, including litigation in Lausanne against a former distributer and an action in Switzerland against a distributor of knock-off products based on unfair competition and trade dress infringement.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd.’s IP practice provides comprehensive advice, handling IP mandates from the IP aspects of M&A transactions to patent and trade mark litigation. The team focuses on the luxury and consumer goods, fashion, IT, pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries and is experienced in claims regarding unfair competition, patent infringements, trade mark infringements, remuneration disputes, company name disputes, trade mark oppositions and cancellation actions. Group head Markus Frick handles patent, trade mark and unfair competition matters, while Roger Staub advises on IP strategies and technology-related IP contracts, and acts as arbitrator in international arbitration tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Markus Frick

Other key lawyers:

Roger Staub

Testimonials

‘The IP team, especially in the area of pharmaceuticals, is outstanding in view of the broad competence combining experience in IP and pharmaceuticals law. In a very competent and complete manner, the team elaborates different possibilities and recommendations for clients to proceed.’

‘Markus Frick has expertise and experience in IP matters. He quickly analyses the facts and provides recommendations. He is one of the most experienced patent lawyers in Switzerland.’

‘They offer very good and sound legal advice as well as offering practical recommendations on options to resolve IP disputes. They are very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have worked with Markus Frick on various IP disputes over the years and have found his advice to be legally sound and also pragmatic. He is sensitive to the commercial concerns/sensitivities of our clients and would work out a legal strategy that takes into account the legal strengths and weaknesses and the commercial concerns of clients. Not every lawyer that we work with is willing or able to do that and hence, he is my lawyer of choice when our clients require IP advice in Switzerland, particularly in IP disputes.’

‘We can be very demanding of local counsel and Walder Wyss has always stood up to the challenge. They have always been very attentive to us and our client’s needs and they communicate every part of the proceeding with us so that there are no surprises, even when it comes to billing. They can be very transparent which we appreciate from local counsel.’

‘Markus Frick consistently provides great work. He has been very attentive to our clients needs and is very communicative throughout the whole opposition, whichever project we include him on.’

‘A very strong patent litigation practice. They also dig into technical details, which is very helpful in particular for patent invalidation cases. International experience and capabilities, also due the fact that it is the Swiss member of the global practice group.’

‘Markus Frick is the head of the team with international experience and international working style.’

Key clients

Nestlé

Amazon

Microsoft

Richemont (incl. Cartier, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Chloé, Baume & Mercier, Montblanc, Van Cleef & Arpels, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne)

Merck KGaA

Alcon Inc.

ABB Ltd.

AT&T

Easygroup, incl. EasyJet

Bystronic

Snap, Inc. (former Snapchat)

Pret A Manger

OTTO’S AG

Migros

The Association of the Swiss Gas Industry

Work highlights

  • Representing Merck KGaA and Merck Schweiz AG in Switzerland against Merck & Co. Inc. and various other MSD group companies in high-profile litigation before the Swiss courts.
  • Successfully acted for Bystronic Laser AG in major patent litigation against Tomologic AB before the Swiss Federal Patent Court.
  • Defended Invicta Watch Company of America, US and its Swiss affiliate Glycine Watch SA in trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Giorgio Armani S.P.A., which claimed trade mark infringement by Glycine’s registered crown logo with wings used on clock faces and on advertising materials for watches of its Armani eagle brand.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The IP practice at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has particular experience in handling the IP aspects of M&A and capital market transactions as well as spin-offs and carve-outs, including establishing post-closing licensing structures. The team acts for various clients from the pharmaceuticals and life sciences, technology and consumer goods sectors across contentious and non-contentious matters relating to trade marks, patents and licenses. The practice also regularly acts in arbitration proceedings regarding licensing matters in the technology and pharmaceuticals industries. Practice head Markus Wang is experienced in trade mark, licensing and patent matters.

Practice head(s):

Markus Wang

Testimonials

‘Working with Bär & Karrer was very easy and productive. The team is very responsive and approachable. Discussions are productive and fruitful.’

‘Wide team, well connected, open to get additional help from outside counsels.’

‘Markus Wang is a pragmatic, business-oriented counsel, that impresses with a calm and stable handling of complex cases. General education which leads to broad perspective on IP cases while keeping market reality in mind.’

‘Very good strategic consulting, very hands on and responsive.’

‘Markus Wang is focused on the essentials and is very nice to work with. His work is very accurate and he has a good sense for the best strategy in patent litigation and infringement proceedings.’

Key clients

SIG Technology AG

Novartis, incl. Sandoz

UBS

Glenmark

Gedeon Richter

Libra Association

X-Bionic / X-Technology

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Archroma

Bose

Saint-Gobain

Humabs BioMed SA

EnerSys

UEFA

Traton

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Sandoz Pharmaceuticals AG in preliminary injunction proceedings initiated by ICOS Corporation and Eli Lilly (Suisse) SA at the Swiss Federal Patent Court based on a dosage patent to prevent Sandoz to enter the market early with the 2.5mg and 5mg dosages of the drug Cialis.
  • Advised a consortium led by EQT on its acquisition of Galderma Skin Health S.A. (formerly Nestlé Skin Health S.A.) from Nestlé S.A.
  • Successfully represented a leading Swiss technology company in proceedings at the Swiss Federal Patent Court regarding the assignment of patents.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts for a variety of clients on IP matters with particular experience in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, luxury goods and fashion sectors. The team handles matters relating to trade mark rights, misuse and infringements issues, unfair competition work, illicit price advertising and cancellation actions, and license agreements, management of portfolios and the IP aspects of transactions. Team leader Eva-Maria Strobel specialises in designs, unfair competition work and licensing matters; and Michael Treis represents clients in IP disputes and advises on the protection and enforcement of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Eva-Maria Strobel

Other key lawyers:

Michael Treis; Julia Schieber

Testimonials

‘Strong life sciences and IP expertise around the globe – great accessibility and best tailor-made solutions for us as a company, our technology and our investors in light of the respective current market environment.’

‘Julia Schieber is my trusted legal adviser of choice in life sciences licensing contracting; she is passionate, diligent and always a very smart solution provider.’

Key clients

Abbott

Alere Inc./Alere Switzerland GmbH

Apple

Architonic AG

Asahi Group Holdings

Avery Dennison Corporation

Banque Lombard Odier

Belron/Carglass

BNI Global LLC

British American Tobacco

Camso Inc.

Center Parks Ardennen N.V.

Corn Products Development, Inc.

Cranium Inc.

CSL Behring

Curasept A.D.S. S.r.l.

Danone

Eclipse Inc.

Estee Lauder

General Electric

General Motors

Grupo Bimbo

Hasbro Inc.

Hivemind AG

Honeywell International

HSBC

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision Inc.

Knead Holding / Zaatar w Zeit

LVMH

Migros

Narathai Cuisine Co. Ltd.

Nerium International

Novaliq GmbH

Numab AG

OnlineDoctor AG

Pagani Pens

Perry Ellis International

Punta Fa (Mango)

SAP

Similasan AG

Sulzer

Swarovski

Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH

The Nielsen Company

Udom Coconut Limited Partnership

Unilever

Welding Engineers Ltd.

Winery Exchange

Zespri Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Perry Ellis International with all trade mark filings and prosecution matters before the Swiss trade mark office and the EUIPO, coordinating the work in all European jurisdictions.
  • Acted for the Otto Group in trade mark and unfair competition litigation against Otto’s AG, Sursee, Switzerland.
  • Advised CSL Behring on a strategic partnership with Thermo Fisher for biologic therapies.

BianchiSchwald LLC

The IP practice at BianchiSchwald LLC has a strong footprint in trade mark, design and patent litigation. The team acts for various clients in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences, transport, fossil fuel and financial services sectors. The group also assists with general IP contractual issues including licensing and unfair competition matters, and trade mark, patent, design and domain name prosecutions and enforcement mandates. Praised as an ‘exceptionally capable, knowledgeable and generally formidable intellectual property lawyer’, Christoph Gasser heads up the team and is experienced in trade mark, patent and design litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Gasser

Testimonials

‘The intellectual property practice at BianchiSchwald is composed of exceptionally skilled lawyers who are unparalleled experts in all dimensions of intellectual property law: from patent to trade mark and design to copyright law. Where the team really stands out is their truly global outreach. Although based in Switzerland, BianchiSchwald lawyers can handle IP-related matters (including arbitration disputes) in various jurisdictions.’

‘I’d like to commend Christoph Gasser, head of the intellectual property practice. He is a renowned subject matter expert in IP and information technology law. I find his IP expertise impressive, especially when combined with his practical know-how gained at the Swiss Federal Patent Court as well as the Swiss Patent Bar. Christoph Gasser has a business-driven approach and is always able to come up with pragmatic solutions. He is approachable and responsive, which makes collaborating with him an exciting experience.’

‘BianchiSchwald has qualified and experienced attorneys and specialists who provide a full-service legal practice in Switzerland. It is well-positioned to deliver outstanding legal advice at local, national and international levels.’

‘I would recommend Christoph Gasser who is super efficient, responsive and very knowledgeable and experienced. It is a great pleasure working with him and I can rely on him to look after our trade mark cases.’

‘We have been working with BianchiSchwald for years and I consider that their services provided are with the highest quality, giving complete and specific opinions. I would like to remark on the exceptional dedication and commitment that the firm has to their clients and how well prepared their members are to deal with their client.’

‘I would like to highlight Christoph Gasser. He is an expert in the intellectual property field, particularly in trade marks. As a long-time colleague, he is always available and committed to seeking the best interest of our clients. He is well-known in the IP world for his remarkable work and experience.’

‘Great knowledge and expertise in this field of law. The fact that they manage and take care of such number of relevant clients is clearly a significant clue that they are a perfect match to in-house peers. We have received a number of positive recommendations to use this practice.’

‘Clearly Christopher Gasser is the firm’s best asset. His combination of lawyer and partner of the firm together with having been a patent judge is a perfect match, as his knowledge and legal approach are always an advantage when litigating and approaching conflicts.’

Key clients

Johnson Controls / Tyco

AVIA INTERNATIONAL

Jungfraubahnen

KTM

Canada Goose

Navita Schweiz

Micro Mobility Systems

Chilli Pro Scooter

Microlino

Medtronic / Covidien

General Mills

Stadler Rail

Pro Zürcher Berggebiet

Aweso

Unifil

Promat / ETEX

VAMED

Philipp Morris International

SVIT (Association of Swiss Real Estate Agents)

Saline Park

Dagda Consulting

Freshbox Switzerland

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Hamilton Medical AG in patent litigation before the Swiss Federal Patent Court and Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
  • Supported ProLitteris by writing an expert opinion that was filed together with two successful appeals brought to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
  • Successfully represented the Swiss company Navita in a trade mark dispute relating to pet food against its German competitor Reico.

IPrime

IPrime specialises in IP matters and works closely with Swiss and European patent attorneys. The team, which is headed up by Rudolf A. Rentsch, Moritz Kälin and Alexander Grosse-Kracht, acts for clients in Swiss, European and international IP disputes, particularly patent prosecutions and patent litigation. The client base comprises start-ups, SMEs, universities and international companies, which it assists with matters concerning patent portfolios, the commercialisation of IP, trade secret breaches, licensing issues and distribution agreements as well as copyright, trade mark and unfair competition mandates.

Practice head(s):

Rudolf A. Rentsch; Moritz Kälin; Alexander Grosse-Kracht

Key clients

imtmedical AG

ALPA Capaul & Weber Ltd

alka global ltd

Work highlights

  • Representating imtmedical AG in cross-border patent litigation and several patent lawsuits.
  • Acted for ALPA Capaul & Weber Ltd in trade mark, copyright and patent prosecutions and IP litigation and contractual matters on a regular basis.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts for multinational companies, financial service providers and technology, media, telecoms and life sciences companies on brand protection strategies, unfair competition issues, IP contracts and the IP aspects of transactions; it also acts in IP litigation. The team handles trade mark, domain name and design registrations and administrations, licensing disputes and franchising schemes. Nicolas Birkhäuser focuses on trade marks, designs, licensing issues and transactional work, while Clara-Ann Gordon has particular expertise in the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Clara-Ann Gordon; Janine Reudt-Demont

Testimonials

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser took up our concerns competently and quickly, asked questions and promptly, reliably and competently dealt with the issue!’

‘I had direct contact with Nicolas Birkhäuser. There are people where it just fits and Nicolas Birkhäuser is one such person!’

‘We’ve been working with NKF for years, and they’ve always made us feel like their most important clients, despite us being one of many. They know our clients’ business, which allows them to assist in making the right decisions in Switzerland.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser and his team have a solid understanding of our clients’ offerings, (which they’ve mastered in their own time). This is instrumental in efficient intellectual property prosecution, and helps to avoid costly mistakes and omissions. I always trust that my work is in good hands when this team is involved.’

‘I work with the firm on trade mark clearance and prosecution. I particularly appreciate their advice on what may be available for use on a commercial basis, not just based on the state of the register. That proves to me that they took the time to fully understands our business. They are always available.’

‘The only partner I work with directly is Nicolas Birkhäuser. His attention to my requests for services are handled promptly. He responds to my emails directly. Although he may delegate the initial work to junior associates when it is more cost-effective to do so, I am confident he is overseeing the work and treats me like he would a client with a much larger trade mark portfolio with the firm.’

‘Janine Reudt-Demont’s recent move to Niederer Kraft Frey is a valuable addition to the firm’s capabilities. Janine Reudt-Demont is still young, but she is experienced, very proactive and efficient. Today, Niederer Kraft Frey is a big name in M&A and IT and Janine’s arrival will boost the firm’s IP and life sciences positioning.’

‘Knowledgeable and strategic.’

Key clients

ASSA ABLOY AB

Capvis

Healey Sports Cars Switzerland

Josef Binkert AG

Navistar International Corporation

Partners Group

Procter & Gamble

The Body Shop

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Advised Josef Binkert AG with regard to advertisement campaigns, and the protection of its intellectual property, in particular its trade marks and brand.
  • Advised Capvis on its rebranding in a number of jurisdictions. This includes advice on the creation and protection of new trade marks, the registration and prosecution of new trade marks, and a new company name.
  • Advised Thomson Reuters on its trade mark strategy, trade mark applications and the administration of its existing trade marks.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi’s IP practice represents clients from the food, luxury goods, life sciences and retail sectors in disputes relating to the defence and enforcement of trade marks, patents, designs, domain names, copyrights and trade secrets. The team also assists with cooperation arrangements for research projects, proceedings before Swiss regulatory and registration authorities, unfair competition issues, patent and license agreements, arbitration proceedings, sponsorship agreements and the transfer of IP rights. Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier lead the group. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer departed to Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Legler; Michèle Burnier

Testimonials

‘Pestalozzi offers a high level of advice and is good to refer to SME’s or innovative companies or research organisations- We work with them on IP, IT data privacy and contractual work. They have the capacity to work in an international context.’

‘Michèle Burnier has great experience and expertise in trade mark matters. She quickly understood our needs, individualised the problems to be solved and their respective urgency, and gave us sound advice which has been very useful when put into practice. She is very results-oriented.’

‘Michèle Burnier is very responsive and she gave us quick responses when needed.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Festival internazionale del Film Locarno

British American Tobacco

ZimmerBiomet

McDonald’s

Jemako

Zoll Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Highperformance Scientific on its trade mark registrations and use of the brand “No Bullshit Company”.

Rentsch Partner AG

IP boutique Rentsch Partner AG collaborates with engineers and technology experts, giving it particular expertise in working for clients in the engineering, life sciences and computer technology sectors. The team, led by Gregor Wild, handles the full range of IP matters, including patent and trade mark litigation as well as domain name disputes, take-down and stay-down actions against fraudulent websites, license agreements, patent transfers, unfair competition issues and publication agreements. Key contacts are Magda Streuli-Youssef, Matthias Städeli, Christian Hilti, Louis Lagler, Alfred Köpf and Dany Vogel.

TIMES Attorneys

TIMES Attorneys specialises in IP work and has a strong track record in patent, trade mark, copyright and licensing litigation with notable experience in the pharmaceuticals sector. The team advises on trade mark strategies and prosecutions, unfair competition matters, research and development agreements, co-existence agreements and patent infringements. Andrea Mondini focuses on IP contractual matters including technology transfers, licensing issues and distribution agreements. Markus Kaiser is another key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Mondini; Markus Kaiser

Testimonials

‘Markus Kaiser is very pragmatic and always gets straight to the point. He is able to explain complicated issues in a manner that is very easy to understand, also for non-lawyers. Very high value for money.’

‘We have been working with Times Attorneys for the last four years for all the IP matters we have in Switzerland. We are absolutely satisfied with the firm’s work. The quality is really outstanding, and Markus Kaiser is our contact point in the firm. He shows a deep understanding of trade mark law. He’s responsive and a fast thinker with exceptional professional and personal skills.’

‘Markus Kaiser is a brilliant and responsive attorney with a deep knowledge of any aspect of IP Law. He is intuitive, client oriented and very strategic.’

Key clients

Google Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Mepha Pharma AG

Maus Frères Int. Services (Lacoste, Aigle, Gant)

Aloys Dallmayr

MHCS

Giorgio Armani SpA

Develco Pharma AG

Methode International

Zentiva

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Develco Pharma AG in complex patent litigation regarding a generic version of Mundipharma’s product Targin up to the Swiss Federal Court.
  • Appointed by Hetronic as an expert on Swiss law in a US court litigation against a former European distributor regarding an R&D agreement governed by Swiss law.
  • Represented Swiss Re in a trade mark case against the Swiss IP Office before the Federal Administrative Court.

VISCHER

VISCHER’s IP acts for companies in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences fields as well as the media and online entertainment industries. A particular area of expertise for the practice is handling copyright matters related to online music and audiovisual works, including production agreements and licensing issues, for TV and video-on-demand operators. The team also handles trade marks, including Swiss and international trade mark registrations, assists with anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy measures and acts on commercial IP transactions. Rolf Auf der Maur and practice head Stefan Kohler are experienced trade mark and patent litigators respectively; and Christian Wyss focuses on the IP aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kohler

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Auf der Maur; Christian Wyss

Testimonials

‘We worked with VISCHER on an IP related civil and criminal case. Their work was instrumental in the conduct of the case.’

‘Stefan Kohler provided outstanding legal advice to our clients.’

‘Our interaction with the Vischer’s team is great. They do not only provide very precise legal advice on different matters but based on the long-standing experience in working with start-up companies and biotech, the team offers invaluable support for strategic decisions and corporate development.’

‘The Vischer team is a perfect partner for sustainable and successful corporate development. They offer a rounded set of services that is custom-tailored and it is complemented with an in-depth knowledge of the start-up/biotech ecosystem. This makes this firm a top choice for us.’

Key clients

Netflix

CH Media TV AG (formerly 3 Plus Group AG)

Swisscom

myTV AG

ROLEX SA

Numab

Migros

Work highlights

  • Represented ROLEX SA in civil proceedings against an importer of counterfeit watches from China and obtained a landmark decision before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court that significantly strengthens the position of trade mark owners against online imports of counterfeit goods.
  • Successfully defended Swisscom in the first ISP blocking case in Switzerland and obtained a landmark decision before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court which significantly strengthens internet access providers not to block their customers’ access to online platforms from which customers can download or stream copyright infringing material.
  • Advised Numab on a complex licensing and co-development agreement with a Chinese biotech company regarding the development and commercialisation of a portfolio of novel multi-specific antibodies for the therapy of cancer.

BMG Avocats

BMG Avocats advises clients from the luxury goods, fashion and finance sectors on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design, domain name and copyright issues. The team also handles administrative proceedings, applications, protection strategies, portfolios and anti-counterfeiting procedures. Practice co-heads Sylvie Gurry-Veit and Anne-Virginie La Spada are experienced in IP transactions, IP agreements and national and international disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sylvie Gurry-Veit; Anne-Virginie La Spada

Testimonials

‘Anne-Virginie La Spada is very skilled and quite good at handling litigation cases. She is very intelligent and a quick learner and she will process her knowledge into a legal context quickly and accurately. In addition, Anne-Virginie La Spada is very experienced in the Swiss Legal system and litigation. I would always recommend Anne-Virginie La Spada to other clients or colleagues should they encounter a similar case.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge in trade mark and design matters, always sound advice and rapid solution-oriented handling of the matter. Delegation of case work to other attorneys of the firm only as far as the case requires. The attorney who is best acquainted with the legal subject takes on the case. This combination is rare.’

‘The key strength that this firm has is their capacity at getting straight to the point and acting swiftly.’

‘Reactivity, very smart and a capacity to get to the point. Zero pontificating, which is a common trait in many legal houses.’

CMS

The IP practice at CMS advises national and international clients from the pharmaceuticals, software, construction and sportswear industries on a variety of IP issues and represents companies in civil and criminal proceedings. The team, which is headed up by Dirk Spacek, advises on trade mark portfolio management issues and the protection and enforcement of IP rights and is particularly experienced in the IP aspects of M&A transactions.

HOUSE attorneys

HOUSE attorneys' IP practice acts for companies in the pharmaceuticals, technology and financial services sectors and the luxury segments of the media and entertainment, automotive, retail and fashion industries. The team is experienced in the exploitation and prosecution of trade marks and copyrights. Practice head Frédéric Serra specialises in IP litigation, including unfair competition work, and Melina Haralabopoulos focuses on trade mark and unfair competition issues.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Serra

Other key lawyers:

Melina Haralabopoulos

Testimonials

‘House Attorney is a still a newly created law firm but has already shown potential in the Swiss market. It has a modern approach to legal services in a traditional market. Agile, flexible in term of fees and sharp on legal opinion.’

‘Frédéric Serra is definitely hands on and has a real sense of business.’

Key clients

Bentley Motors Ltd

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Christian Louboutin

Clears Sàrl

Forest Stewardship Council FSC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bentley Motors Ltd with recovering the “Bentley” sign in various classes in Switzerland.
  • Assisted Christian Louboutin with the seizure of over 500 red sole counterfeits.

id est avocats sàrl

The IP practice at id est avocats sàrl advises on trade mark, licensing, copyright and patent matters spanning a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team assists with brand management issues, cybersquatting work and domain name disputes as well as the IP aspects of sponsorship deals, joint ventures and framework agreements for research and development. Juliette Ancelle and Michel Jaccard specialise in the technology, media and telecoms industries.

Practice head(s):

Juliette Ancelle; Michel Jaccard

Testimonials

‘High level of knowledge in the fields of intellectual property, copyrights, image rights for music and technology industry, company laws and estates.’

Key clients

Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL)

Association Internationale des Interprètes de Conférence (AIIC)

Foundation Claude Nobs

Cinémathèque suisse

Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics (SIB)

Work highlights

  • Advised an international banking group on several domain name cybersquatting matters.
  • Advised a Swiss-based medtech company on several joint research, patent and cooperation agreements for vaccine development.
  • Advised a Swiss-based AI company on the design and implementation of an overall open source strategy for all its products.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard assists clients with various contentious and non-contentious IP matters, especially trade mark and patent mandates across the whole span of registration, protection, exploitation, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work. For contractual mandates, the team handles distribution, brand development and brand protection strategies and drafts various agreements including manufacturing, purchase and supply agreements. Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder; Daniel Emch; Nicolas Mosimann

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Magnolia International AG on various IP matters including structuring IP, IP strategies, IP protection, drafting software licensing agreements, partnership agreements and more.

LALIVE

LALIVE’s IP practice is particularly experienced in IP litigation and arbitration spanning civil and criminal proceedings relating to trade mark matters as well as copyright, licensing and design issues. The team acts for clients including non-governmental organisations, international corporations and individuals on unfair competition issues, domain name disputes, license agreements and franchises. Practice head Thomas Widmer is the key name in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Widmer

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic advice and ability to be very proactive in managing a case and trying, at the same time, to limit the legal fees.’

‘We worked with Thomas Widmer who has wide experience in intellectual property. He found very smart solutions in managing a case and trying to avoid any unnecessary legal expenses. He also managed a case perfectly with a potential high media exposure in order to limit any risks.’

‘Very good firm with excellent legal skills. Can highly recommend.’

‘Thomas Widmer is an outstanding legal professional with excellent legal skills and understanding of the client.’

‘Lalive is one of the most prominent law firms in Switzerland and their capabilities confirm the high prestige and reputation they enjoy.’

‘Thomas Widmer has exhibited very analytical thinking in dealing with certain complex issues of IP law on software licensing.’

‘The team is very responsive and reliable.’

‘The colleagues we had the pleasure to work with have a very good knowledge of intellectual property matters and excellent problem solving skills.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a luxury sports car manufacturer in a trade mark, copyright and unfair competition infringement case involving seizing counterfeit replicas of its vehicles.
  • Acted as counsel to a global supplier of integrated gambling and gaming systems in ICC arbitration proceedings against an operator in the gaming industry concerning the alleged breach of a limited license for the use of information technology products.
  • Representing a multinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation in civil proceedings against a Swiss bank relating to an aspect of IP over the source code of various software.

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG assists with securing the IP rights of clients by acting in opposition, infringement and customs proceedings before the civil and criminal courts. The team represents clients in domestic and international proceedings in cases involving licensing agreements, software development agreements and outsourcing agreements. Practice head Mathis Berger specialises in trade mark, licensing and copyright matters, in particular in the areas of information technology and biotechnology.

Practice head(s):

Mathis Berger

Testimonials

‘Mathis Berger knows the subject and has the experience to give practical advice. The team is responsive and communicates clearly and concisely.’

‘Mathis Berger is a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable and with the ability to simplify the most complex issues. Also very practical and user friendly.’

‘Mathis Berger and his team are handling several trade mark matters, mostly prosecution, with a high level of diligence and at reasonable costs. Always available and proactive. I like to work with them for small to medium sized clients.’

Sigma Legal

Sigma Legal focuses on innovation and technology issues and acts for a variety of clients including medical institutions, international organisations, public bodies and IT service providers. The team, which is headed up by Stéphanie Chuffart-Finsterwald and Alain Alberini, devises IP portfolio strategies for trade marks, copyrights, patents and designs; drafts and reviews IP contracts and handles unfair competition matters.

WEINMANN ZIMMERLI

WEINMANN ZIMMERLI is a boutique firm focused on IP matters, and acts for clients from the luxury goods and consumer products, financial services, automotive and information technology industries. The team specialises in the contentious and non-contentious aspects of trade mark, patent, copyright and design law and advises on licensing, unfair competition and antitrust matters. Madeleine Schim van der Loeff and Conrad Weinmann head up the practice. Adrian Zimmerli and Alban Shabani are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Schim van der Loeff; Conrad Weinmann

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Zimmerli; Alban Shabani; Stefan Keehnen

Testimonials

‘Weinmann Zimmerli has a unique focus on intellectual property matters. The entire team is dedicated to dealing with any IP matter you might possibly think of. Even within the company, there is further specialisation in trade mark law, design law, patent law, copyright law, etc. This allows them to address any IP matters efficiently and with personnel that has knowledge with disputes/issues in that very specific area.’

‘The majority of our work with Weinmann Zimmerli is handled by Stefan Keehnen, who is a junior partner at the firm. Stefan is performing all his work diligently and he is always ahead of legal developments to allow us to adapt early and make sure to keep our portfolio protected. He is always available and responds in urgent cases often within hours with a practical and goal-oriented first assessment of the situation. Stefan is a valued partner and our first go-to in IP-related questions.’

‘Exceptional know-how and nevertheless pragmatic and business-oriented.’

‘Excellent legal expertise, follows client’s request strictly, in-depth study of case law and teaching.’

Wenger Vieli Ltd.

Wenger & Vieli LTD’s IP practice provides advice on trademark, copyright, designs and licensing issues and acts for clients from small start-ups to large multi-national corporations. The team, which is headed up by Claudia Keller and Michael Tschudin, represents clients in civil and judicial proceedings and advises on IP portfolio strategies, brand and social media management issues, licenses, joint ventures and other contractual matters, including cross-licensing agreements.