Intellectual property in Switzerland

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie exhibits 'outstanding expertise' in covering a full spectrum of IP-related matters, with particular focus on trade mark, design and copyright litigation. Noted for its 'pragmatic approach' and 'fast response times', the team manages global design portfolios for clients including Swarovski AG and Abbott. Other work involves representing British American Tobacco in new cigarette technology trade mark proceedings against Philip Morris, assisting Hitachi with IP-related questions regarding its purchase of ABB's power grid business, and representing Pagani Pens SA in a design dispute. Practice head Eva-Maria Strobel has an 'excellent strategic approach to complicated cases', and leads on most matters alongside renowned litigator Michael Treis.

Practice head(s):

Eva-Maria Strobel

Testimonials

Efficient management of cross-border cases, great knowledge of the industry.

Eva-Maria Strobel – trade marks – very rapid response, excellent strategic approach to complicated cases, very good allocation/cost efficient management of resources.

Brand enforcement services are offered globally, able to advise on complex brand strategy questions, strong reputation in anti-counterfeiting matters.

Outstanding expertise, very fast response times, comprehensive legal advice on complex issues.

High level of legal knowledge in combination with a pragmatic approach. They put themselves in the shoes of the client and help solve the issues efficiently.

Eva-Maria Strobel: highly qualified, fast response times, a strong leader with a well trained team. Sandra Marmy: highly qualified, great business approach.

The IP team in Zurich is relatively small, so there is a more personal approach to handling matters; however, the team also understands that the client’s demands are less local and is actively working on ensuring that the service is personal but also global. In that context, the main strength for us is and remains the global IP portfolio management system and the back-up organization that Baker McKenzie has built up, and that the local team helped to further develop and adapt to our needs.

Eva-Maria Strobel is our main contact and she stands out for me in the IP team in Zurich. Eva is responsive and always interested in finding a good and practical solution that fits client’s needs well. She is open to discuss and find different solutions or options to matters and also thinks ahead; since we have had the chance to build a very good long-term relationship over some time now, she can often anticipate the needs or questions from her client.

Key clients

Swarovski

Abbott

British American Tobacco

Apple

Migros

Estee Lauder

Sulzer

Unilever

SAP

General Electric

LVMH

Danone

Banque Lombard Odier

AVA

Knead Holding/Zaatar w Zeit

HSBC

Grupo Bimbo

Hasbro Inc.

Honeywell International

Pagani Pens

Alere Inc./Alere Switzerland GmbH

Avery Dennison Corporation

Punto FA SL (Mango)

Cranium Inc.

Center Parks Ardennen N.V.

Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH

Camso Inc.

BNI Global LLC

Eclipse Inc.

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision Inc.

Corn Products Development, Inc.

Narathai Cuisine Co. Ltd.

General Motors

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

Winoffice AG

Nerium International

Asahi Group Holdings

Welding Engineers Ltd.

The Nielsen Company

L Brands

MDO Dermatologic GmbH

3M

Zespri Group Limited

Carglass/Belron

Work highlights

  • Managing a global trade mark and design portfolio for Swarovski AG.
  • Acting for British American Tobacco in new cigarette technology trade mark proceedings against Philip Morris.
  • Representing Pagani Pens SA in a high-value design dispute.

Homburger

The 'very strong' practice at Homburger has 'excellent local and global IP expertise' in litigation and patent handling for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences, telecoms, media and technology sectors. Highlights included enforcing trade mark rights for Hyundai against parallel imports. Andri Hess frequently acts before the Swiss Federal Patent Court. IP transactions specialist Georg Rauber 'stands out as the senior partner' and 'adds value to everything he is involved with'; he jointly heads the team with Gregor BühlerLuca Dal Molin made partner in January 2020. Other clients include Illumina, Sandoz and Swisscom.

Practice head(s):

Georg Rauber, Gregor Bühler

Testimonials

Very strong team with excellent local and global IP expertise and experience especially in the context of licensing and IP generation and protection.

Georg Rauber here clearly stands out as the senior partner. We engage with him on any IP/licensing matter and he clearly adds value to everything he is involved with. He has a strong team of lawyers to support him and work with us on more standard matters, with him doing the quality control and final oversight.

Key clients

Google

Novartis

Credit Suisse

Nestlé/Nespresso

Intel Corporation

Volkswagen

Hyundai

Swatch Group

Huawei

F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Sandoz

Illumina

Lässer Embroidery Machines

Six Group

Swisscom

AMAG

Uster Technologies

Coram Tools

Work highlights

  • Representing Illumina in NIPT patent enforcement and accompanying proceedings before the Swiss Federal Patent Court.
  • Acting for Hyundai in enforcing trade mark rights against parallel imports.
  • Representing Swisscom and Huawei Technologies in a first-ever Frand litigation before the Swiss Federal Patent Court.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin provides 'a competent and highly professional' level of service, with the team including 'genuine experts in their fields'. IP disputes form the core of its work, along with trade mark or design portfolio management and advisory cases relating to rights, unfair competition and trade secrets. 'Outstanding professionalThierry Calame heads the practice with Jürg Simon, who 'has a profound understanding' of Swiss law and 'is simply a pleasure to work with'. Geneva-based Daniel Tunik oversees the litigation side of the department, where senior associate Peter Ling and Lara Dorigo 'are among the best in field'. Notable highlights involve trade mark protection for Apple Inc. and assistance with strategy and prosecution for Sky International AG.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Calame, Jürg Simon, Daniel Tunik

Testimonials

I worked with Lenz & Staehlin’s IP team for more than two decades. They have handled numerous cases predominantly in the trademark area or our (in this case mostly German) clients in Switzerland. Their services are simply excellent, competent and highly professional.

I have known Prof Dr Jurg Simon for more than a quarter of a century. To my mind, he is among of the best (if not the best) IP practitioners in Switzerland. He is particularly impressive in the trade mark area (he was involved in the privatisation of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office as its then director some years ago and thus also has an intimate knowledge of this institution and its workings. He has a profound understanding of Swiss (but also of EU!) trade mark law. He is simply a pleasure to work with.

Very commercial and considered in their approach. Communication is always clear and complete. Excellent understanding and knowledge of IP law but always with an eye to the commercial goals.

Lara Dorigo – a pleasure to work with. You really feel that she is on your side and she always gives an honest and considered opinion. Great responsiveness and nothing is ever too much trouble.

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 (both in our Swiss subsidiary and in the US patent 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.

Good communication, good strategy, clear and straightforward billing practices.

Thierry Calame and Barbara Abegg have been excellent. They have good strategy and have gotten us excellent results.

All the lawyers we work with at Lenz & Staehelin are personally committed to us and always interested to meet with us, hear about our views and business developments, and discuss ways of how we can improve our collaboration and the service that they are offering us. They are genuine experts in their fields, knowledgeable about the issues we are currently facing, and pro-active in identifying potential new legal threats that may lie just around the corner. They are great at listening to us in order to manage our expectations, understand our needs and deliver value for us. We were further impressed with the firm’s sense of communication and urgency. These are all traits of successful law firms.

Lara Dorigo and Adrian Wyss are both: extremely efficient and professional and have a straightforward approach to a cost effective outcome; very knowledgeable in their field; possess extraordinary skill in trade mark law matters and are very client-sensitive and responsive; very hands on on every aspect of our matters and very thorough with never-ending paperwork. They always keep us well informed and welcome any and all of our questions, are always available to answer questions and very easy to work with. They take their clients very seriously.

Clear, concise and practical advice.

Lenz & Staehelin is quite possibly the fastest law firm our company uses in the world, with respect to delivering favourable outcomes on IP enforcement matters. Barbara Abegg and Thierry Calame are both very quick to respond to emails and have worked tirelessly on our behalf to ensure a market in Switzerland that is clear of any inauthentic versions of our products.

Both Barbara Abegg and Thierry Calame have been a joy to work with. They are both very quick to respond to our requests, quick to provide advice, and quick to deliver the results that we request.

Thierry Calame is an outstanding professional for IP litigation. Very nice to work with. Peter Ling and Lara Dorigo in Thierry’s team are among the best in field as well. Unstoppable team.

Key clients

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

Pernod Ricard

Pfizer Inc.

Sanofi, Genzyme

Swatch Group (Omega)

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

  • Advising on trade mark protection for Apple Inc.
  • Assisting with strategy and prosecution for Sky International AG.
  • Representing Hispano Suiza in trade mark litigation and prosecution.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

The 'outstanding' team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd team is 'very easy to work with' and provides 'constructive and business-oriented opinions' to clients. It focuses on contentious and advisory cases, ranging from patent litigation, trade mark and design issues, to IT and advertising copyright proceedings. Specific matters include handling Provins and Adecco AG's worldwide trade mark portfolio; successfully representing Bachmann Rechtsanwälte AG before the Zurich Court of Commerce over trade name protection; and acting for the Haribo brand in various domestic IP matters. Team head Michael Ritscher is 'an excellent lawyer' and experienced litigator, Peter Schramm is a 'very engaged strategic thinker', and the 'remarkable' Simon Holzer 'stands out' from his peers for pharmaceutical-related work. Peter Schramm and Guillaume Fournier are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ritscher

Testimonials

I worked with Kilian Schaerli on a complex transaction implying patent transfer and license with a pre-contentious background, for one of my French clients. He advised the client on the Swiss law aspects of the matter and I have been impressed by his very reactive, clear and serious advice throughout this matter, which resolved successfully for our client.

For every question, there are the right people in-house available to perform very good, cost-efficient and timely work.

MLL participated in regular (sometimes weekly) strategy calls with the client and up to 8 other European litigation firms providing similar advice and services to us and the client. The firm was very responsive and always acknowledged our requests promptly, which gave considerable comfort in the high-pressure environment in which we were working. They also always met the (often very tight) deadlines for delivering advice or work products set by us and the client. The firm also has a deep knowledge of Swiss patent law which allowed it to provide the extensive advice it did, as well as set out appropriate steps to mitigate the risks our client potentially became subject to as it pursued its commercial objectives. It was very responsive. Understood our business extremely well.

Very easy to work with, responsive, trustful.

Simon Holzer is remarkable by his understanding of the issues at stake, his availability and responsiveness. He provides practical and clear advice which is very much appreciated when time is of the essence.

Reactivity and, clear, straight to the point, constructive and business-oriented opinions, and solutions.

Legal knowledge, reputation, able to act in cross-border also on German cases, pragmatism.

Peter Schramm: very engaged strategic thinker, good availability and good team around him. Hard worker.

Flexible, task-oriented, very good active listeners to evaluate what the target task should be.

Partner Kilian Schaerli has an astonishing ability to evaluate legal security vs. business practicality. The service level is just extraordinary!

Strong knowledge and experience in the IP sector.

This firm is enormously experienced in all matters of pharma IP litigation and as a marker of their quality that the current president of the Swiss Patent Court came from the IP litigation team.

Michael Ritscher is a senior partner in the pharma IP team. He is extremely experienced, knowledgeable and has excellent knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector. He also knows everybody! Ulrike Ciesla is a patent attorney and a new recruit from Hoffmann Eitle. I have worked with Ulrike for a number of years and know her to be an excellent patent attorney and advocate. She brings real strength to the team. Kilian Schaerli is a recently promoted partner in the team and also possesses a wealth of experience in this sector.

I’ve mandated the team around Dr Holzer at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd in two different companies in a couple of cases involving IP-related matters with quite difficult and tricky issues. The level of knowledge, competence, professionalism and customer orientation is outstanding and second to none.

The team at Myerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has an exceptional quality of team players. Although I would like to recommend the whole team I would single out Dr Simon Holzer. He stands out in all aspects I’ve mentioned in the above section (knowledge, competence, professionalism, customer orientation, availability and engagement), but also when it comes to translating very difficult matters into a non-legally/non-IP trained senior executive language. He is the reason why I dared to change the legal support firm in my role as CEO in a my new company after not being convinced on the quality of the former law company dealing with IP matters.

I am impressed by the level of knowledge combining patent and regulatory laws.

Broad legal skills in the intellectual and overlapping marketing area combined with high commitment in our company’s affair and business. They have a high availability and effective advice where needed and we can trust them in more complex issues as well.

We have worked closely with Simon Holzer and Kilian Schaerli and I would say they both stand out from competitors due to their commercial way of thinking and supporting our company with legal advice – naturally combined with great legal skills making their advice trustworthy and helpful for our business.

An outstanding IP team – or maybe better: THE outstanding IP team in Switzerland.

Reinhard Oertli is just great – experienced, knowledgeable, friendly.

Very cost-efficient and fast.

Mario Strebel is very sociable and uncomplicated. Furthermore he is always reachable and provides the most effective support with hands-on advice.

MLL’s IT practice is a team with an extraordinary responsiveness, clearness and preciseness in handling clients matters. Even as a probably very small client of MLL, we receive legal services which exactly fit our requirements. With MLL we feel in best hands.

A complete team with different competencies covering a 360 panorama.

I appreciate their professional approach and very supportive, customer-oriented way of working.

I had the privilege to witness Kilian Schaerli’s dedication to excellence, in achieving goals and accomplishing tasks. He is a focused and result-oriented person you can always count on. I appreciate his professional approach, his positive and proactive attitude and his strong orientation customer needs and business performance.

Very knowledgeable team, professional, hands-on and available.

Flexibility, ready to go extra mile, quality, knowledge, team spirit.

Mll has a real team spirit – partners, associates and secretaries are a team to serve the client with their respective part of the work. They have the capability of addressing all request by means of an expert in the relevant field.

Michael Ritscher – an excellent lawyer with great knowledge and great networker.  Kilian Schaerli – new partner with excellent knowledge of IP cases and upcoming fintech area (e.g. cryptocurrencies).  Helene Heinecke – associate with excellent knowledge of transactions.

The team was very knowledgeable, practical, effective, responsive, and efficient. Their work quality was excellent. They were familiar with US market practice, as well, which was particularly helpful.

Key clients

AstraZeneca AB and AstraZeneca AG

Bayer Intellectual Property, Bayer AG

Bill Foundation

Bioeq IP AG

Bobst

CHOCOSUISSE, Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers

Deutsche Telekom AG

Emirates

EOS

FIFA

Gilead Sciences

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

Haribo

Hilti

Lindt & Sprüngli

MaKe WeBo AB

MCM

Modum

MORPHOTEC

Mundipharma

Porsche

Provins (leading Swiss wine producer)

Sunshine

Swiss Cosmetic Association (SKW)

The Adecco Group

ViiV Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Handling Adecco AG’s worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Representing Bachmann Rechtsanwälte AG before the Zurich Court of Commerce and Swiss Federal Supreme Court over trade name protection.
  • Acting for the Haribo brand in various domestic IP matters.

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global handles trade mark, patent, licensing and copyright issues, and regularly acts before the Swiss Supreme Court in litigation cases. The firm also provides IP advice during pharmaceutical, retail and media-related transactions. Practice head Markus Frick specialises in patent and unfair competition litigation, and has represented clients in trade mark infringements including acting for a famous winery in an infringement lawsuit, as well as for Invicta Watch Company of America during proceedings against Giorgio Armani S.p.A.. Roger Staub is representing Merck a naming rights dispute against US-based company Merck & Co.

Practice head(s):

Markus Frick

Key clients

Nestlé

Amazon

Microsoft

Richemont

Merck KGaA

Alcon Inc.

ABB Ltd

H&M

AT&T

easyGroup, including easyJet

Work highlights

  • Representing a famous winery in a trade mark infringement lawsuit.
  • Acting for Invicta Watch Company of America during proceedings against Giorgio Armani S.p.A. regarding the violation of unfair competition and trade mark law.
  • Representing Merck in a trade mark and name rights dispute against US company Merck & Co.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.'s expertise lies in IP-related capital markets and M&A work and its client base is predominantly drawn from the technology, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The practice, which led by the 'highly experienced' Markus Wang, provides 'good technical insight' and 'always keeps the client's needs in view'. The team is representing X-Technology in litigation against a former manufacturer; assisting Giorgio Armani S.p.A. with its Swiss trade mark portfolio; and advising Computacenter on the acquisition of hardware re-seller PathWorks. In another highlight, Wang led advice to Novartis on all IP-related affairs following the spin-off of Alcon as an independent public trading company.

Practice head(s):

Markus Wang

Testimonials

Very experienced in IP litigation; good technical insight; always keeps the client’s needs in view.

Markus Wang is highly experienced in IP litigation.

Key clients

Giorgio Armani SpA

Novartis, incl. Sandoz

UBS

Glenmark

Lonza

X-Bionic/X-Technology

Traton AG

Syngenta

Gedeon Richter Plc

Elca Informatik AG

Work highlights

  • Representing X-Technology in litigation against a former manufacturer.
  • Assisting Giorgio Armani S.p.A. with its Swiss trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising Computacenter on the acquisition of hardware re-seller PathWorks.

BianchiSchwald LLC

'Exceptional dedication and commitment' makes BianchiSchwald LLC 'the best option in Switzerland' for IP enforcement and prosecution, unfair competition and transactional matters. The 'truly exceptionalChristoph Gasser is a 'first-rate lawyer', who stands out for his 'tactical sophistication and distinguished evaluation skills'; he recently acted for the Swiss Jungfraubahn on a major branding project. The firm also advises on domestic or international trade mark registrations, as well as design portfolio management, for clients including Canada Goose International AG, Micro Mobility Systems AG and Stadler Rail AG.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Gasser

Testimonials

Expertise, reactivity and business approach.

Christoph Gasser: IP expertise, reactivity, pragmatism and excellent human qualities. I can trust him and the quality of his work at anytime.

Very deep understanding of patent licence litigation/arbitration. Deep understanding of clients’ problems and high capabilities in providing relevant strategy.

Christoph Gasser is highly available and able to grasp and advise on very complicated issues in a short period of time.

We have been working with BianchiSchwald LLC 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’s needs. Their trade mark practice is outstanding and always provide us with solutions and high standards. They offer accessible prices and personalised attention. Best option in Switzerland.

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

The practice of the firm is outstanding for its efficiency and quality of its advice. Their pragmatism, speed and responsiveness are truly fascinating. When working with the firm, clients get personal attention and tailor-made assistance. They manage IP matters with a strong strategic vision and are highly intuitive, yet thorough and assertive. What impresses me the most about the firm is their personal approach to clients and the ability to manage complex matters meticulously and flawlessly. Their broad experience and knowledge ensure the best service covering all necessary points.

Mr Christoph Gasser is an outstanding experienced attorney heading the IP department of BianchiSchwald LLC. His pragmatism and approachability guarantee the best possible outcome for clients. What is particularly impressive is his business-tailored approach and capability to see beyond the bounds of legal background of the case. He has a perfect sense for strategy, thus he provides not only the legal support but also the precise and functional guidance at the same time. It is a real privilege to enjoy such confident, effective and encouraging service. His inspiring enthusiasm for IP is what makes him truly exceptional.

Christoph Gasser has an incredible knowledge of IP matters and is extremely experienced in litigation, especially before the Swiss Federal Patent Court. I am particularly fascinated by his way of quickly understanding even most complex issues, being available for discussions and legal advice at any time (24/7), and always being able to communicate in a clear and understandable manner. All this makes him an outstanding lawyer by all accounts.

Excellence in all fields of IP law.

Christoph Gasser: brilliant mind, impressive knowledge and capable of using it for practical advice.

High efficiency, deep legal knowledge, to the point and practical assessment, reliability, responsiveness.

I work closely with Dr Christoph Gasser. He is a brilliant IP attorney, one of the best I have ever met. He understands trade mark law issues in depth and provides practical and dynamic solutions. A brilliant strategist, his advice is acute, prompt and thorough. Extremely reliable, highly efficient, impressively responsive.

Very professional, very close to the business, always available and with huge experience.

They are highly qualified and competent and work really fast.

Dr Christoph Gasser: he is available 24/7 and responds very quickly. He has an excellent understanding of the business requirements. Explains difficult topics in a short and easy way.

Dr Christoph Gasser, LL.M. of BianchiSchwald, the head of the firm’s excellent IP team, features an impressively broad legal knowledge which testifies for his vast legal experience. He excels by his outstandingly fast pace in terms of responsiveness and intellectual grasp of complex legal and factual issues. Apart from mastering legal practice he exhibits an unsurpassed brilliance in thought allowing him to reflect on multidimensional legal matters in the precisest of terms. The quality of his pleadings is accentuated by an eloquence, which is rare even compared among the peers. His tactical sophistication and distinguished evaluation skills round off the profile of a first-rate lawyer among the very “cream of the crop”.

Key clients

Jungfraubahnen AG

Navita Schweiz GmbH

Canada Goose

KTM AG

AVIA INTERNATIONAL

Johnson Controls

Micro Mobility Systems

Stadler Rail

Pro Zürcher Berggebiet

Unifil

Work highlights

  • Representing the Swiss Jungfraubahn in a major branding project.
  • Assisting Canada Goose International AG with domestic and international trade mark registrations.
  • Assisting Micro Mobility Systems AG with domestic and international trade mark registrations.

IPrime

IPrime stands out for its 'top-notch competence in patent and litigation matters' and its 'huge team with a lot of specialists'. Rudolf A. RentschMoritz Kälin and Alexander Grosse-Kracht jointly lead the practice, which is praised for its 'direct, open and task-focused communication'. Multinational tech corporation ABB is a key client. Disputes and compliance specialist Anne-Catherine Hahn joined from Baker McKenzie in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

Enthusiastic, creative, wide range of know-how.

Specifically the creativity matched with a fast and deep understanding on various situations and influences.

Fast when needed and always with a second option! I really like the atypical way to look at different challenges.

Direct, open and task-focused communication. Very good support based on proposals on how to react on the event. A huge team with a lot of specialists, thus for each problem the right person is available.

Very competent experts for a specific field and also a lot of all-round employees.

I appreciate the combination of IP and legal advice in this company. Our main focus is in the IP area. The company prepares the applications very well for us and helps us with all aspects of patent enforcement.

We chose this company because of the very professional and very good lawyers. The partners have excellent experience in their special fields of activity. We like their professionalism and especially their foresighted, critical approach which helps us to enforce our rights against our competitors. We have gained a lot of experience with these partners and trust them completely.

Top-notch competence in patent and litigation matters worldwide for a fair price. There’s no comparison in view of efficiency.

Key clients

ABB

Work highlights

  • Representing ABB in a patent litigation matter.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

The 'very responsive' team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG provides 'comprehensive' and 'commercially minded' advice on a wide range of brand protection strategies and dispute settlements. It advised Partners Group Ltd on all IP-related matters before public authorities and courts, acted for Capvis on rebranding across various jurisdictions and in a conflict against a registered trade mark, and drafted a joint venture and IP licensing agreement between Chr. Hansen Holding A/S and Lonza AG. Key contacts are the 'very diligent' practice head Nicolas Birkhäuser and Clara-Ann Gordon.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Testimonials

Very responsive team; advice is comprehensive and typically commercially-minded.

Nicolas Birkhauser (partner) is very diligent, provides timely and comprehensive advice, even if he is on holiday.

Key clients

Capvis

Thomson Reuters

Partners Group

Procter & Gamble

Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Krüger GmbH & Co. KG

Healey Sports Cars Switzerland

ASSA ABLOY AB

The Body Shop

Navistar

Work highlights

  • Advising Partners Group Ltd on all IP-related matters before public authorities and courts.
  • Acted for Capvis on rebranding across various jurisdictions and in a conflict against a registered trade mark.
  • Drafting a joint venture and IP licensing agreements between Chr. Hansen Holding A/S and Lonza AG.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi primarily acts for clients from the pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetics, IT and food industries. Work ranges from trade mark, branding and patents advice, to handling distribution disputes and defence against product liability claims. Department head Lorenza Ferrari Hofer has 'an excellent command of law', while the 'very result-orientedMichele Burnier 'has great experience and expertise in trade mark matters' and works 'with empathy and professionalism'. Renowned IP and licensing arbitrator Thomas Legler is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer 

Testimonials

Michele Burnier has great experience and expertise in trade mark matters. We asked for legal advice regarding intellectual property matters and problems related to the distribution of our products worldwide (competition rules, e-commerce law and contract law). She quickly understood our needs, individualized the problems to be solved and their respective urgency, and gave us sound advice which has been very useful when put into practice. Ms Burnier is always trying to find a practical solution. She is very result-oriented.

Ability to deeply understand client’s needs and objectives in a negotiation. Excellent command of law. Human approach also towards counterparts.

Lorenza Ferrari-Hofer, partner: ability to deeply understand client’s needs and objectives in a negotiation. Excellent command of law. Human approach also towards counterparts.

Availability, knowledgeable and willingness to work with other IP lawyers. Very protective of our interest as a small company (costs).

The ability to track all our intellectual property worldwide, with full knowledge of the facts. Both in their field of name and intellectual property protection and in our field, namely cosmetics and medical devices and our family company.

We have known each other for years now. What makes the big difference with competitors is that we always have the same interlocutors. These people are extremely attentive and adapt their advice to our company, our financial resources and our needs. These are not boat tips but handmade, tailor-made advice. Ms Michele Burnier is our main contact, it is always with her that we discuss and who gives us the right advice and manages our portfolio with empathy and professionalism.

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Festival internazionale del Film Locarno

British American Tobacco

Astella

ZimmerBiomet

McDonald’s

Jemako

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA

Zoll Inc.

Credit Suisse

Organizzazione turistica Lago Maggiori e Valli

Merck KGaA

Ferrari SpA

Recordati

Rentsch Partner AG

Rentsch Partner AG handles a range of work in the IP space, including litigation and arbitration related to patent, trade mark and design rights. Key names include Magda Streuli-YoussefMatthias StaedeliChristian HiltiLouis LaglerAlfred Köpf and Dany Vogel.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's core focus is on IP dispute resolution, as well as licensing issues, for clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, consumer goods and automotive sectors. Philipp Groz leads on all cases, including acting for Volkswagen AG in an unfair competition litigation relating to diesel; advising Six Group on bringing its existing cards business into a strategic partnership with Wordline; and handling anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and design infringement matters for Philip Morris International.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz

Key clients

Hetronic International

Sun Chemical

Doosan Heavy Industries

BASF

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals (part of Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma)

Bayer AG

Bouygues Construction

Philip Morris International

Samsung

Volkswagen

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

CSL Behring AG

Molson Coors

SIX Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Volkswagen AG in an unfair competition litigation relating to diesel.
  • Anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and design infringement assistance for Philip Morris International.
  • Representing a German medical device and pharmaceutical company in a patent litigation before the Swiss Federal Patent Court.

TIMES Attorneys

TIMES Attorneys provides an 'outstanding quality' across patent, trade mark and licensing disputes, as well as copyright law. The 'very pragmatic and approachable team' represented medical manufacturers Develco Pharma AG, Teva and Mepha Pharma AG in high-stakes patent litigation cases, and is acting for Google in trade mark disputes regarding Android, Chrome and YouTube. Markus Kaiser is 'a real expert concerning the areas of trade mark law and intellectual property rights'; disputes expert Andrea Mondini and tech-related IP specialist Alesch Staehelin are other key contacts. Philippe Gilliéron left the firm in mid-2020.

Testimonials

Times Attorneys is a real boutique when it comes to trade mark law and intellectual property rights. The services has been provided always on time in an outstanding quality and focused on the customer’s needs with a good value for money factor.

Markus Kaiser is a real expert concerning the areas of trade mark law and intellectual property rights matters. He provides his no-frills services always on time, in an outstanding quality and focused on the customer’s needs with a good value for money factor.

Niche firm with high level of expertise and highly qualified individuals.

Very pragmatic and approachable team.

Markus Kaiser has not only a broad legal knowledge but also understands the needs of an in-house counsel. He is capable of providing a risk assessment that is also understandable for business which is quite rare in this line of business.

Mr Markus Kaiser’s approach to provide legal support is always as pragmatic as the current situation allows. He has a very profound knowledge in IP law and is very responsive. Invoicing is always very transparent and fair (very good value for money).

Key clients

Google Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Mepha Pharma AG

Maus Frères Int. Services

Aloys Dallmayr

MHCS

Giorgio Armani SpA

Develco Pharma AG

Work highlights

  • Representing pharmaceutical manufacturer Develco Pharma AG in a patent litigation case.
  • Representing Google in trade mark disputes regarding Android, Chrome and YouTube.
  • Acting for the Swiss Music Users Association in a matter concerning the exploitation of authors’ rights, and copyright and administrative law.

VISCHER

VISCHER's IP practice handles patent litigation and protection strategies, copyright licensing and agreements for online models and video on demand (VOD) platforms, and trade mark portfolio management. Highlights included team head Stefan Kohler co-ordinating the European market launch of Migros Delica's new coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, and Rolf Auf der Maur successfully defending Swisscom in the first-ever national ISP blocking case. Christian Wyss focuses on due diligence and M&A-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kohler

Key clients

Migros Delica

Numab AG

Pfizer

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

Kebo AG

Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

3 Plus Group AG

Control4 Corporation

Polyphor AG

swissQuant

Work highlights

  • Acting for Migros Delica on the European market launch of its new coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines.
  • Defending Swisscom in the first-ever national ISP blocking case.
  • Advising 3 Plus Group AG, Switzerland’s largest private television network, on TV and VoD-related legal IP matters.

BMG Avocats

BMG Avocats fields 'a very knowledgeable, competent and client-focused group of lawyers' that provides 'efficient support and smart advice' primarily on trade mark, design, copyright and commercial matters. It also advises on rights enforcement, brand licensing and contract drafting. Sylvie Gurry-Veit heads the team with Anne-Virginie La Spada, who is 'well experienced' across all areas of IP. Clients are from the fashion and luxury goods, finance, food and TMT sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sylvie Gurry-Veit, Anne-Virginie La Spada

Testimonials

The practice works with us for a long time and perfectly know our needs and understand our priorities.

Efficient support and smart advice – offer a very comfortable communication style, available and quick in response.

A very knowledgeable, competent and client-focused group of lawyers. They have key skills and insight into matters concerning intellectual property; they obtained IP protection in Switzerland, the EU and another 20 jurisdictions within 5 months on two occasions.

We have been working with Ms Anne-Virginie La Spada for a number of years. She is not only agreeable to work with, but also most competent and well-experienced in IP. She is supported by a very client-focused team.

Dynamic small team of great IP professionals with an excellent international network.

The whole team of IP lawyers and paralegal are very much reactive and have huge experience in the exercise and defence of the IP rights in Switzerland and abroad.

Froriep

Froriep impresses with its 'professional, solution-oriented and fast' responses to IP queries in the financial, consumer goods, food and telecoms industries. Recent highlights include acting for the Indian Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority in the enforcement of claims against an importer of mislabelled rice, and representing a medical device manufacturer in infringement proceedings before the Zurich Commercial Court. Nicola Benz has particular copyright and licensing expertise and advised Meltwater on EU laws related to the same. Senior associate James Merz has the 'ability to understand and focus on what really matters to his clients'.

Testimonials

Nicola Benz, James Merz, Cornelia Mattig, Daniela Walchli and Ronald Kogens are professional, solution-oriented and fast.

On several occasions, James Merz provided our law firm (specialised in construction and real estate) and/or our clients with legal support in the field of intellectual property. James’ response time is consistently fast, his legal analyses thorough and his recommendation clear and useful. As a matter of fact, all his recommendations lead to a successful outcome of the cases for which we consulted him. Overall, we appreciate James for his friendly and professional attitude and, in particular, for his ability to understand and focus on what really matters to his clients.

Key clients

Meltwater News International Holding GmbH

Bumble Holding Ltd

Kettle Foods

Expedia

Lehrmittelverlag Zürich

EIM Executive Interim Management

Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation

Lebara Ltd

Uber Technologies Inc.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Indian Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority in the enforcement of claims against an importer of mislabelled rice.
  • Representing a medical device manufacturer in infringement proceedings before the Zurich Commercial Court.
  • Advising Meltwater on EU copyright and licensing laws.

HOUSE attorneys

Geneva-based HOUSE attorneys 'is the go-to firm for intellectual property on the French-speaking side' of Switzerland and is 'highly specialised in IP-related agreements and trade marks, design and unfair competition issues'. The team represented Bentley Motors Ltd in cancelling a third-party trade mark – where associate Melina Haralabopoulos played a crucial role in the Supreme Court – and acted for Christian Louboutin in preventing the sale of over 500 pairs of red sole shoes. 'Talented negotiatorFrédéric Serra 'is definitely the go-to person' for 'designing legal strategies in complex situations'.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Serra

Testimonials

HOUSE Attorneys is the go-to firm for intellectual property on the French-speaking side. They have a deep knowledge, a pragmatic approach and an excellent understanding of the business of their clients.

Frédéric Serra stands out when it comes to managing key projects and designing legal strategies in complex situations. He is extremely knowledgeable, sharp and highly professional. He is definitely the go-to person for complex negotiations and his capacity to think outside the box is just fantastic.

Boutique IP firm, highly specialised in IP-related agreements and trademarks/design/unfair competition issues.

Mr Frédéric Serra, competent, good network.

Pragmatic, creative, responsive.

Frédéric Serra is a talented negotiator, finding the right solutions.

Key clients

Christian Louboutin

Bentley Motors Ltd

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Clears

Work highlights

  • Representing Bentley Motors Ltd in cancelling a third-party trade mark.
  • Acting for Christian Louboutin in preventing the sale of over 500 pairs of red sole shoes.

id est avocats sàrl

id est avocats sàrl handles trade mark and copyright-related disputes, IP negotiations and contract drafting, as well as technology transactions. The practice has assisted the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics with service agreements and counts DJ Luciano among its clients. Michel Jaccard 'is an outstanding lawyer and personality' who provides 'practice-oriented and economically viable solutions' in the IT, biotech and medtech, healthcare and luxury goods sectors. Jaccard heads the practice alongside licensing and copyright specialist Juliette Ancelle.

Practice head(s):

Juliette Ancelle; Michel Jaccard

Testimonials

Michel Jaccard is an outstanding lawyer and personality. Not only does he have exceptional expertise in corporate law and IT law, he also has a very good understanding of technical situations in order to provide practice-oriented and economically viable solutions for his clients. Absolute recommendation.

Key clients

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Luciano

Abionic SA

Mymetics SA

Nagi Biosciences SA

Lumendo AG

L2F SA

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics with licence and service agreements.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard advises on a range of IP work from patent, copyright and trade mark registration and protection, through to commercial contracts, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting strategies. Nicolas Mosimann leads on the global structuring of all IP matters for Magnolia International AG from the Basel office. He jointly heads the practice with Zurich-based Daniel Alder and Stefano Perucchi in Lugano.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder, Nicolas Mosimann, Stefano Perucchi

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Work highlights

  • Advising on the worldwide structuring of all IP matters for Magnolia International AG.

LALIVE

The team at LALIVE is 'dynamic' and 'highly professional', providing 'sharp, relevant and skilled advice' on contentious trade mark, design, domain name, copyright, patent and unfair competition matters. Practice head Thomas Widmer has 'very good skills' in both advisory and IP dispute cases. Highlights included acting as counsel to one of the world’s leading luxury groups in counterfeit product criminal proceedings, representing a luxury watch customisation company in litigation against existing manufacturers, and advising a European rock band on measures against Viagogo prohibiting a black market ticket resale operation.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Widmer

Testimonials

I only correspond with one person of the Lalive team. I’m very pleased and satisfied to work with him on the matters for several reasons: responsiveness, expertise, good comprehension of the business, ability to suggest several options.

We enjoy a long-standing cooperation with Lalive and especially value their expertise regarding arbitration proceedings and ADR. They are very responsive and their advice is constructive, thorough and helpful. As regards billing, they are flexible and very accommodating.

We especially value Andre Brunschweiler and Melissa Magliana for their good cooperation, high responsiveness and dedication. Clever Andre Brunschweiler is very pleasant to work with. Melissa Magliana’s experience in international arbitration was a very valuable asset to our cooperation. Other outstanding team members are Michael E. Schneider and Noradale Radjai, whose expertise in procedural matters was very helpful to us.

Excellent firm who provides sharp, relevant and skilled advice. Litigation insight and dispute resolution is excellent. Communication is outstanding.

Highly skilled professionals with excellent communication skills who provide relevant advice.

The Lalive team is a dynamic, highly professional team.

Thomas Widmer with whom I work regularly is a lawyer with very good skills. He gives very good advice and handles the files entrusted to him with professionalism.

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to one of the world’s leading luxury groups in counterfeit product criminal proceedings.
  • Representing a luxury watch customisation company in litigation against existing manufacturers.
  • Advising a European rock band on interim measures against Viagogo prohibiting a black market ticket resale operation.

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG predominantly handles the enforcement of trade mark and design rights – where Mathis Berger 'is an outstanding expert' – as well as infringement, opposition and customs proceedings. The practice is 'extremely reliable in its findings, decisions and advice', and is also noted for 'heavy partner involvement and yet high responsiveness'. Other relevant work includes negotiating, litigating or arbitrating licence agreements for clients including music corporations and sports clubs.

Practice head(s):

Mathis Berger

Testimonials

Mathis Berger is an outstanding expert in trade marks, like very much working with him.

The Nater Dallafior team is extremely reliable in its findings, decisions and advice. There is heavy partner involvement and yet a high responsiveness.

 

Python

Python handles contentious and non-contentious contractual or transactional IP matters. These involve trade mark conflict defence and enforcement cases, the protection of companies against various infringers, and advice on influencer, distribution and non-disclosure agreements. Key name Felix Locher has experience before the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.

Practice head(s):

Felix Locher

WEINMANN ZIMMERLI

WEINMANN ZIMMERLI 'guarantees comprehensive support' and has 'extensive knowledge of trade mark laws' in Switzerland and across Europe. The firm works on general rights protection and defends trade marks against infringers and counterfeiters, processes and appeals applications with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, and advises on wider IP strategy. The 'very well organised' Madeleine Schim van der Loeff provides 'professional, business-minded and practical advice' and Stefan Keehnen is 'very responsive'. Conrad Weinmann and Adrian Zimmerli are other contacts to note, and unfair competition expert Alban Shabani is 'proactive and thorough'.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Schim van der Loeff, Conrad Weinmann, Adrian Zimmerli

Testimonials

Weinmann Zimmerli’s IP team guarantees comprehensive support which goes in every detail.

Very fast reaction time and diligent work. They come up with workable solutions to tasks which at first sight don’t seem to work.

Madeleine Schim van der Loeff: quick reaction to e-mails. Usually follows up with a call to explain the situation and the options (and preferred option) of how to proceed. Very well organized.

Weinmann Zimmerli is very well connected in the IP world with capable partner firms all around the world, thus allowing them to effectively support us in maintaining and improving our trademark portfolio worldwide and negotiating attractive fee arrangements with partners abroad. With their extensive knowledge on trade mark laws they have been supporting our trade mark development for years. Furthermore, they are prepared to change their own processes in order to provide additional value to the client.

Stefan Keehnen is a young, yet well experienced professional who has a deep understanding of the needs of a business in the manufacturing industry. He is very responsive and can provide competent assessments on trade mark topics off the top of his head.

Very profound and detailed knowledge of IPR matters, including domain and trademark management, presumably at the very top of Switzerland’s IPR lawyers. Good communication with customer.

They are practical, proactive and thorough.

Alban Shabani is clear in his communication, proactive and thorough. He helped us out when we were stuck in an infringement case in Switzerland and he followed through until the end.

High competence, pragmatic and efficient.

Madeleine Schim van der Loeff is competent, pragmatic, efficient and humorous.

The team around Ms Madeleine Schim van der Loeff has been providing proactive and very professional, business-minded and practical advice over the last couple of years. Given this is the only service provider in this area retained by us it is difficult to compare with others.

Ms Schim van der Loeff is very experienced, professional and pragmatic.