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Firms To Watch: Intellectual property

Bratschi Ltd has particular expertise in drafting software agreements, licensing agreements and working on trade mark strategies and protection for clients from a range of industries, including the real estate, pharmaceutical, and software development sectors.
Wenger Plattner’s unique specialism in the intellectual property aspects of the arts gives the firm a distinct and particular expertise; the team has further experience in the publishing, healthcare, and food-and-drink industries.

Intellectual property in Switzerland


A team that is especially recommended for its ‘efficiency, drafting ability and industry know-how’, Homburger‘s ‘pre-eminent’ position in this field is demonstrated by its diverse client roster of blue-chip companies and its regular involvement in high-profile and complex mandates. The practice is jointly spearheaded by Gregor Bühler, Andri Hess, Georg Rauber and Luca Dal Molin. ‘Highly analytical’ Bühler possesses a strong grounding in the enforcement of trade marks, while ‘excellent’ patent litigation leader Hess’s arsenal of skills prominently includes international scale IP disputes as well as the negotiation and drafting of IP rights related contracts. Rauber’s extensive transactional and arbitration experience further enhances the practice, and Dal Molin enjoys a strong reputation in the handling of IP-related matters attached to transactions and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Bühler; Andri Hess; Georg Rauber; Luca Dal Molin


‘The pre-eminent Swiss law firm with excellence in all practice areas at all levels of the firm.’

‘Andri Hess is excellent in patent litigation. His analysis and careful preparation and ability to grasp complex technologies was very helpful in achieving a complete win for us.’

‘Homburger offers a small and agile patent litigation team to deal with life science disputes. The advice is comprehensive and fast.’

‘Andri Hess is a prominent character in the Swiss patent landscape. His advice is concise and based on reflections capturing multiple potential scenarios. He is striving to be at least one step ahead.’

‘Gregor Bühler is highly analytical, clear and comprehensive communication, offering strategic options. Overall, a very pleasant and success-oriented cooperation.’

‘The team is recommended for its efficiency, drafting ability and industry know-how.’

‘Honest, easy to reach and to communicate with. Great understanding of the industry and efficient.’

Key clients





Sanofi Aventis



Zur Rose Group


H.Lüdi + Co



ADC Therapeutics


U.S. Cotton


Juuri Partners

Clear Channel


OC Oerlikon

AMF Medical

H.I.G. Capital


Work highlights

Lenz & Staehelin

Enjoying a strong reputation across the pharma, medical device and retail industries, Lenz & Staehelin advises notable clients across the full gamut of IP issues with demonstrable prowess in patent and licensing litigation as well as trade mark and design portfolio management. The department of ‘proactive, strategic thinkers and born litigators’, is reputed for its ability to handle landmark and complex issues for a consortium of established global clients. Joint practice head Thierry Calame utilises his longstanding experience in IP to assist with patents mandates and a broad range of arbitration, while fellow co-lead Jürg Simon is well-positioned to advise on significant patent litigation in the food and IT industry. Rounding out the team’s leadership is Sevan Antreasyan, who fields a considerable workload comprised of licensing and transactions related matters. ‘Outstanding’ Peter Ling further bolsters the team’s strength with his notable proficiency in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Calame; Jürg Simon; Sevan Antreasyan

Other key lawyers:

Peter Ling


‘Proactive, strategic thinkers and born litigators. What was really great is that they took the time to understand our business context before providing their opinion. It was not only a legal effort, but really an effort to understand why the matter was important for us from a commercial standpoint.’

‘Peter Ling always tries to understand the in-house perspective and acts like a true extended arm of the in-house team. I really appreciate the fact that even after the case was over, Peter kept providing us with updates on legal developments he spotted and which could be relevant for our industry, even beyond the scope of TM/IP law.’

‘Tailor-made legal products and exceptional legal knowledge.’

‘Great firm, and a great team of lawyers. Experts in their field. Responsive and the advice is clear and concise, with clear risk assessments.’

‘Very responsive and clear in their advice, they take a pragmatic approach and focus on finding creative solutions.’

‘I worked a lot with Thierry Calame and Peter Ling. They are both very experienced, hard working and absolutely focused on the relevant points. Moreover, they are simply very good to work with.’

‘Thierry Calame is an outstanding patent specialist with extensive experience especially before the Swiss patent court. Moreover, he has a deep understanding of technology, specifically in the field of life sciences.’

‘Peter Ling is an outstanding lawyer and extremely quick in understanding the issues and finding solutions.’

Key clients


AbbVie Inc.

Acino International AG

Actavis / Mepha

Apple Inc.


Aura Blockchain Consortium


Cembra Money Bank AG

Champagne producers association, CIVC

Consorzio Prosecco

Consorzio Aceto Balsamico


Daimler AG (now Mercedes Benz Group AG)



European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Emmentaler Switzerland

C&E Fein

FIVE Hotels

International Olympic Committee

Henkel & Co

Harry Winston


Merck & Co., Inc. (MSD)


MGI Tech Ltd.

MSC Cruises

ON Holding AG


Pfizer Inc.

Schöck Bauteile AG

Swatch Group

Swiss Government, Armasuisse

Swiss Sustainable Yachts AG

Swiss Salt Works AG


Teva Pharma AG

Vinci Construction Terrassement

Weetabix Ltd

Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro Engineering

Work highlights

  • Represented MSD before the Federal Patent Court in an SPC infringement case, resulting in an ex parte injunction regarding the sale of a generic fixed-dose combination of sitagliptin and metformin which was later confirmed by a panel of three judges.
  • Represented CIVC in an appeal at the Constitutional Court of the Canton de Vaud, and the Swiss Supreme Court, thereby enforcing the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the EU on geographical indications and appellations of origin.
  • Representing Apple Inc. in a patent litigation initiated by a non-practicing entity, related to information transmission technology.

MLL Legal

Possessing a ‘profound knowledge of IP law’, MLL Legal’s IP offering encompasses the full scope of litigation, arbitration and strategic advice within the sphere of IP. While esteemed for its considerable expertise in patent litigation and counterfeit cases, the team is also noted for its operations in precedent-setting blockchain matters. Michael Ritscher, Simon Holzer and Peter Schramm spearhead the IP practice, with Holzer thriving in complex patent litigation and transactional work and Schramm being an established presence within the trade mark and design world. Louisa Galbraith is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ritscher; Simon Holzer; Peter Schramm

Other key lawyers:

Guillaume Fournier; Andrea Schäffler; Kilian Schärli; Louisa Galbraith


‘High level of expertise in providing clear, precise, and where possible, concise advice.’

‘Efficient and available team, always very responsive.’

‘Brilliant and always accessible. Very high level of expertise in copyright – including international law – and trade mark law.

‘Always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very broad-based team with expertise in all IP matters.’

‘Wide range of experience, very good communication skills.’

‘The competence and profound knowledge of IP law, combined with experience in the legal matters, is exceptional.’

‘Personal contact, support and solution orientation.’

Key clients

Adecco Group AG



Bayer Intellectual Property AG, Bayer Pharma AG, Bayer (Schweiz) AG

Becton Dicinson Company

Boehringer Ingelheim


Bitcoin Suisse



Chapter 4 “Supreme”

Chocolats et Cacao Favarger SA

CHOCOSUISSE, Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers

Coop Gruppe Genossenschaft; Coop Genossenschaft


Deutsche Telekom AG

ECCO Shoes


Etihad Airways

Expedia Inc.


Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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


Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation




Lindt & Sprüngli

Major League Baseball (MLB)

MaKe WeBo AG


Mundipharma Medical Company



Schweizerische Post (Swiss Post)

Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

Swiss Cosmetic Association (SKW)

Ty Inc.

Telegram Messenger

UBER Technologies Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Krüger in several patent disputes against the Nestlé group of companies.
  • Enforced the 3D trademarks for Lindt & Sprüngli’s Golden Chocolate Bunny against copies offered by Lidl before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
  • Represented FIFA against PUMA and obtained a decision in the area of unfair competition/ambush marketing in connection with sports events before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

With a strong presence at the forefront of a variety of fields, including consumer goods, media and cosmetics, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s multifaceted strengths range from the litigation of IP rights in relation to the counterfeiting of branded products to the management of IP portfolios and R&D. The team is praised by clients for its ‘high-quality work, creative solutions, and excellent client service’. Steering the practice is Philipp Groz, who is especially knowledgeable in handling litigation and arbitration for multinational clients. Another key name to note in the practice is ‘outstanding’ and ‘great communicator’ Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who is well versed in patent and trade mark infringement and injunction proceedings. Adrienne Henneman is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz 


‘The team has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality work, creative solutions, and excellent client service.’

‘A network of trusted and reliable partners, who enable the team to handle IP matters efficiently and effectively.’

‘I have had the privilege of working with Lorenza Ferrari Hofer. She is one of the most trusted correspondents of my network for Swiss territory. She is an outstanding lawyer, with a wealth of expertise and experience for the IP practice. She always delivers high-quality work, with clear analysis, sound advice, and practical solutions.’

‘Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is also a great communicator, who listens attentively, responds promptly, and explains complex legal issues in a way that is easy to understand also for foreign clients. She always maintains a strong and collaborative relationship with our firm, and always behaves with professionalism and reliability. It is a pleasure to work with her. ’

Key clients

Addlife AB


Bayer AG


Hetronic International



ITOCHU Corporation

Iveric Bio

Johnson & Johnson group of companies (incl. Janssen)

Locarno Film Festival

Philip Morris International



Santhera Pharmaceuticals

SIX Group

Standard Chartered

Tetra Pack



The Walt Disney Company

Zimmer Biomet



Ty Inc.


Work highlights

  • Advised Santhera Pharmaceuticals regarding an exclusive license agreement for the Greater China Region with Sperogenix Therapeutics, a China-based company specialising in orphan diseases.
  • Represented a manufacturer of projectors, distributing its products under a most renewed brand, with distribution activities worldwide against a US patent troll alleging the infringement of patents broadly related to controlling “display devices” with a mobile device to download or view a video.
  • Represented Ty Inc., a toy manufacturer, in a trade mark and unfair competition litigation against a former distributor, having won the case in the first instance and representing the client in appeal proceedings before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

‘One of the best group of IP experts in Switzerland’, Walder Wyss Ltd.‘s IP practice possesses vast experience representing clients before the Swiss Supreme Court, as well as advising clients on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP rights. The group has undertaken an extensive range of work that encompasses R&D and licensing contracts, with a prominent focus on fashion, luxury, IT and life sciences sectors, to name a few. The practice is led by Markus Frick, who is recommended for his ‘great strategic foresight and expertise’, and Roger Staub, who is ‘one of the best IP attorneys’. Frick demonstrates significant prowess in handling complex cross-border litigations and Staub’s wide-ranging experience includes the negotiation of IP and technology-related contracts as well as the development of IP strategies.

Practice head(s):

Markus Frick; Roger Staub

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Bigler; Stefano Codoni


‘One of the best group of IP experts in Switzerland.’

‘Roger Staub is one of the best IP attorneys available. His briefs are fantastic and he gives strategic advice that usually plays out exactly as predicted.’

‘Markus Frick is an excellent IP attorney, with great strategic foresight and expertise.’

‘Manuel Bigler is a awesome litigator. Highly recommended.’

‘Walder Wyss provided legal advice to the foundations in connection with the rebranding. The individuals were extremely experienced in this context and were able to provide excellent advice.’

‘The legal overview and also the effective time-critical implementation were carried out independently and extremely professionally. The team supported us where necessary, at all times and did everything to our complete satisfaction at the required time.’

‘We have relied on WalderWyss in the past and will continue to do so in the future.’

Key clients

ABB Ltd.

Actial Farmaceutica Srl

Alcon Inc.


Amazon Web Services

Apple TV

Argus Data Insights



Deutsche Börse/Qontigo

Easygroup, incl. EasyJet

FIBEP Swiss Chapter

Giorgio Armani SpA

Hitachi/ABB Power Grids

Inventio AG (IP management company of Schindler Group)

Jemie B.V.

Kendris Group

Merck KGaA



Morach-Technik AG



Pret A Manger

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

Rocket Film Productions


Snap, Inc. (former Snapchat)


The Association of the Swiss Gas Industry

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented Merck KGaA in a trade mark litigation against MSD before the Commercial Court of Zurich and the Federal Supreme Court regarding the use of “Merck” in domain names and social media addresses as well as on websites and social media presences, with a successful result achieved for the client.
  • Advised Rocket Film Productions on IP aspects of a film production for Apple TV (Super League: The War for Football).

Baker McKenzie Switzerland AG

While it provides a particularly strong offering in the copyrights and digital media area, ‘pragmatic’ Baker McKenzie maintains a balanced practice that encompasses the entire life cycle of IP rights and significant transactional mandates in this space. Alongside this, the team is noted for its strength in IP litigation, handling trade mark enforcement and a variety of disputes for blue-chip clients. ‘Dedicated’ Eva-Maria Strobel heads up the department with her considerable expertise in drafting and negotiating a diverse array of IP agreements. Michael Treis leverages his 30 years of experience to assist clients with the full gamut of IP protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Eva-Maria Strobel

Other key lawyers:

Michael Treis


‘They have a large international network which we use for all of our filing and prosecution work. The Swiss office plays a special role for our pharmaceutical division, as we are based in Basel, Switzerland. Having a local point of contact with Baker is key in that context.’

‘Eva-Maria Strobel is very dedicated to the continuous improvement of the various workstreams we have with Baker globally and has facilitated many discussions we had with other Baker offices across the world.’

‘Pragmatic, business-oriented advice towards the needs of the firm.’

‘Creative problem-solving suggestions and sound legal advice.’

Key clients



Acer Incorporated

Adagene AG

Alere Inc./Alere Switzerland GmbH


Applied Materials

Asahi Group Holdings

Astellas Pharma

Banque Lombard Odier


Boost Group

British American Tobacco

Burger King Europe GmbH

Bytedance Inc.

CSL Behring



Emeis Cosmetics Pty.

Estating SA

Estee Lauder

General Electric

General Motors

Grupo Bimbo


Hasbro Inc.

Honeywell International

Hypatos GmbH

Johnson & Johnson

Lindt & Sprüngli

Luma Financial Technologies LLC



Modag GmbH


Mövenpick Holding

Narathai Cuisine Co. Ltd.

Nerium International

Novaliq GmbH

Numab AG

OnlineDoctor AG

Work highlights

  • Provide market-leading brand advisory and brand protection services to Boost Holding AG, Boost Collectibles AG and their affiliates, one of the largest European agencies focusing in particular on customer loyalty programs and shopper activation.
  • Advise Meta (formerly known as Facebook) frequently on copyright matters with regard to new products and service lines, including remuneration with Swiss collecting societies.
  • Advised GSK plc in a license agreement with WuXi Biologics under which GSK will have exclusive licenses for up to four bi- & multi-specific TCE antibodies developed using WuXi Biologics’ proprietary technology platforms.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Capitalising on its significant experience in the Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court, Bär & Karrer Ltd. is able to represent Novartis, Sandoz and a variety of other clients in high-stakes mandates. Operating across technology, life sciences and consumer goods industries among others, the experienced team is routinely entrusted with significant transactional work as well as specialised IP transactions. The practice is led by Markus Wang, who is especially noted for his extensive capabilities across a range of contentious and non-contentious work, and he is particularly active in the pharma, biotech and IT sector.

Practice head(s):

Markus Wang


‘They can identify very well with our company and know all the processes and procedures. For this reason, we see great added value for our business in Switzerland and cooperation in the international environment.’

‘The Team of Markus Wang and Markus Wang himself stand out by managing to combine expert IP knowledge with the understanding of the dynamics of M&A transactions.’

‘Markus Wang delivered highest quality advice and displayed spot-on contract drafting skills on a very fast paced and highly complex major M&A transactions.’

‘Exceptional team of transactional attorneys and IP litigators. Very responsive, client- and goal-orientated. No unnecessary legaleasing, but tailor-made business advice.’

‘Markus Wang is clearly the most brilliant thinker and smartest IP attorney in Switzerland. He has a quiet personality and thus does not like to boast his qualities. But everyone who worked with him or against him in litigation matters or contract negotiations must agree that Markus Wang is probably the toughest guy one can have on the other side of the table — always a step ahead with his brilliant thinking!’

‘Very experienced and great to work with. Key strengths are complex legal matters in intellectual property.’

‘Markus Wang is extremely experienced, very responsive and great to work with.’

Key clients






X-Technology Swiss research & development AG / X-Technology Swiss GmbH


SK Spice Sarl and Archroma IP GmbH


Viseca Payment Services


Work highlights

  • Represented traditional Swiss watchmaker Universal Geneve in trademark nullity proceedings brought by Beau HLB for alleged non-use at the Federal Supreme Court with a successful result for the client.
  • Represented SK Spice Sarl and Archroma IP GmbH in proceedings against Clariant at and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in a case relating to the grant of commercial patent and know-how licenses, with a successful result for the client.
  • Representing Swiss payment service providers and Swiss banks against technology company in a dispute concerning alleged patent infringement.

BianchiSchwald LLC

‘A fantastic IP department with full client focus’, BianchiSchwald LLC frequently handles matters pertaining to the enforcement of trade marks, copyright and domain name issues, among others, with an established presence across a diverse array of industries, including mechanical, pharma and telecoms, as well as social media and advertising fields. ‘Outstanding’ and ‘extremely professional’ Christoph Gasser helms the practice with his notable knowledge of trade mark prosecution arising from medical devices, railway and fashion sectors, to name a few. Thierry Burnens is another key contact in the practice, contributing his considerable expertise in digital economy related matters.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Gasser

Other key lawyers:

Thierry Burnens


‘A fantastic IP department with full client focus. Always performing extremely well, delivering the right recommendations in the right time to the right price.’

‘Christoph Gasser is probably one of the best and most experienced IP lawyers in Switzerland, always on top of things giving you the best recommendation swiftly!’

‘The customer orientation of Christoph Gasser is outstanding, a commitment without ifs and buts with simultaneous empowerment to apply what has been learned in practice.’

‘In addition to Christoph Gasser’s undeniable competence in matters of content and his great experience in assessing possible responses, there were his communication skills. I felt that my questions and concerns were taken seriously. There was a genuine interest in our work. The law firm BianchiSchwald LCC and Christoph Gasser have done an extraordinary job and made a substantial contribution to our success.’

‘Highly professional, highly skilled and responsive.’

‘Christoph Gasser is extremely professional, extremely skilled and highly responsive.’

‘Prompt, competent, professional; they also understand the business needs.’

‘Christoph Gasser is exceptionally good in handling complex legal matters involving various jurisdictions. Highly competent as a lawyer, Christoph understands the needs of the business very well and manages to deliver a service that is perfectly tailored to the specific business needs. He is very prompt in addressing client matters.’

Key clients

Hamilton Medical



Maestrani Swiss Chocolates



Swiss Golf

Bumble Holding Limited

Canada Goose

Micro Mobility Systems

Chilli Pro Scooter




Envision Pharma

Liberty Global Europe

Racing Unleashed

Association “Hommage 2021”

Medtronic / Covidien

LKQ Europe

Stadler Rail

Standortförderung Zürioberland



Promat / Etex Building Performance

Crypto Valley


Philipp Morris International

Swiss Deluxe Hotels


Saline Park


Freshbox Switzerland

Work highlights

  • Advised Viacom18 in the media rights agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to broadcast the Olympic Games Paris 2024, plus non-exclusive rights to the Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024.
  • Advised KTM AG in worldwide design registration projects.
  • Supported the Association “Hommage 2021” by writing expert opinions on copyright issues in 2021, 2022 and 2023.


Noted for its vast technology and science expertise, boutique firm IPrime is comprised of seasoned litigators who regularly handle cross-border and high-stakes mandates covering patent, trade mark, copyright and design issues. Its in-depth expertise leads to the team being routinely entrusted by SMEs, universities and start-ups alongside global high-tech companies with a series of contentious and non-contentious IP issues. The practice is led by Rudolf A. Rentsch, who is pre-eminent in the sphere of complex patent litigation, and Moritz Kälin, who is particularly well versed in handling technology related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Rudolf A. Rentsch; Moritz Kälin

Other key lawyers:

Otto-Martin Willy Bertschinger; Thomas Kretschmer

Key clients

ALPA Capaul & Weber Ltd

alka global Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised ALPA Capaul & Weber Ltd on trade mark, copyright and patent prosecution matters and represented the client in IP litigations and contractual matters on a regular basis.
  • Advised alka global ltd on strategic matters as well as on patent, design, and confidentiality matters.


Accomplished in a broad array of industries that includes life sciences, beverages and cosmetics, Pestalozzi‘s expansive practice encompasses the enforcement of IP rights, technology transfer agreements and portfolio management, alongside a host of other issues. The team is noted for being ‘adept at understanding client needs and delivering targeted solutions that exceed expectations’. ‘Exceptional’ and ‘client driven’ practice head Lara Dorigo is well regarded for her skills in advising clients on pharma, biologics and med tech patent litigation. IP arbitration expert Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Lara Dorigo

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Legler; Michèle Burnier; Sarah Drukarch


‘Lara Dorigo is a passionate and experienced lawyer with an excellent business understanding. Her advice is on the spot and the efficiency and cost-consciousness are outstanding.’

‘Lara Dorigo provides a great service. Thorough and reliable and not afraid to tell you the real merits of a position.’

‘Lara Dorigo is professional and client driven. She never lets me down.’

‘The team is very efficient and covers a large area in different fields of law. Collaboration with Pestalozzi is swift and very professional. Questions are answered were quickly and to the point.’

‘Lara Dorigo is an exceptional attorney with a large experience, especially in IP matters. Briefs written by her are very clear, concise and to the point. Lara is a quick thinker with bright ideas and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Timely and in-depth responses. Straight to the point. Very good platform of IP portfolio management allowing us to be informed well ahead of time.’

‘Each team member anticipates questions and addresses them clearly to avoid needless back and forth. Very reactive.’

‘My experience working with Pestalozzi has been nothing short of exceptional. Their team is not only highly skilled but also incredibly responsive, ensuring quick turnarounds without compromising on quality. They are adept at understanding client needs and delivering targeted solutions that exceed expectations. Collaboration with them is extremely pleasant, making the entire process seamless and effective.’

Key clients

Advance Magazine

CH Media


Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Lanxess Deutschland GmbH



MGI Tech Co., Ltd.

Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA

PIA Corporation

STS Systemtechnik Schaenis GmbH

Weetabix Limited

Sky International AG


Zoll Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing various multinational pharmaceutical companies with respect to biosimilar patent disputes at the Federal Patent Court and in the pre-litigation phase.
  • Represented Newron Pharmaceuticals in proceedings at the Federal Administrative Court and the Federal Supreme Court regarding the grant of an SPC for safinamide, a compound used in the treatment of the Parkinson disease.
  • Advising Sky Group on their Swiss intellectual property matters, which includes, inter alia, acting as representatives of their trademark portfolio, enforcement of IP rights against third parties, legal and strategic advice.

TIMES Attorneys

The ‘experienced’ team at boutique firm TIMES Attorneys is best known for litigation and arbitration of patent, trade mark, copyright and licensing disputes as well as trade mark prosecution. Andrea Mondini has a particular focus on patent disputes within the pharmaceutical field whilst Michael Noth advises clients on IP-related contractual matters such as licensing, R&D and distribution agreements. Markus Kaiser‘s practice covers litigation, strategy, and prosecution of trade marks and Simone Huser regularly advises galleries and artists in matters of art law, including copyright and contract law.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Mondini; Michael Noth; Markus Kaiser; Simone Huser


‘The quality of the team and advice always exceeds expectations.’

‘Markus Kaiser and Michael Noth are both wonderful professional with a deep knowledge of IP law. Their tailormade advice is always pertinent and efficiently delivered.’

‘Andrea Mondini has huge amounts of experience in the pharma litigation space and understands every aspect of the generic and biosimilar business. He has a calm, pragmatic, approach to handling cases and is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Google Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Mepha Pharma AG

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

STADA Pharmaceuticals

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

Alois Dallmayr


Giorgio Armani SpA



Work highlights

  • Won leading case before the Swiss Federal Patent Court for TEVA Pharmaceuticals against Novartis regarding a deferasirox formulation.
  • Representing coffee giant Jacobs Douwe Egberts in several patent litigation cases against Migros regarding Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules.
  • Representing Zentiva and its Swiss subsidiary Helvepharm in patent litigation proceedings against Bayer regarding a generic Sorafenib tosylate formulation.


Stefan Kohler and Lorenz Ehrler jointly spearhead VISCHER‘s ‘proactive and client-oriented’ intellectual property practice, which possesses significant experience in undertaking patent and trade mark litigation. Kohler is well-versed in the pharma, biotech and medical tech sectors, handling a diverse range of issues from technology transfer and licensing to R&D co-operations, while Ehrler contributes his expertise in brand protection and trade mark matters to the practice. Rolf Auf Der Maur is particularly prominent in the media sector, being regularly entrusted by clients to assist with copyright and trade mark issues.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kohler; Lorenz Ehrler


‘The team is very diverse, and the people all complement each other with their different expertise. A seemingly overall low fluctuation of the team members ensures that long-term relationships can be formed and maintained. Every member we have worked with has a “play-to-win”-approach which was very appreciated by the legal team and our management.’

‘We have been working with Stefan Kohler on different projects, some of which have been challenging to deal with besides the day-to-day business. His legal experience, in-depth technical understanding and knowledge as well as a business mindset helped greatly in finding suitable legal solutions. It has always been a pleasure to work with him and his team.’

‘VISCHER demonstrated exceptional qualities in responsiveness, reliability, and flexibility. They consistently exhibited a proactive and client-oriented approach, ensuring that our collaboration progressed smoothly and efficiently.’

‘Excellent team of IP Lawyers.’

‘Stefan Kohler is a highly committed and competent attorney for litigation, but also for contractual issues. Fantastic to work with and they have a good instinct.’

‘I have the privilege of working with this exceptional legal team specialized in IP law. Their expertise and dedication is outstanding. They went above and beyond, providing me with top-notch service. Their skills and commitment to excellence truly set them apart. I highly recommend their services. They really go the extra mile.’

‘It is great working with Stefan Kohler, the exceptional team leader of a highly skilled and motivated lawyer team. Stefan’s leadership is exemplary, driving his team to deliver outstanding results. The team’s expertise and dedication are unmatched. I highly recommend Stefan and his team for their exceptional legal services.’

‘Vischer has a team that has a lot of experience in the IP market – in addition to international know-how also in the local Swiss market. Both are essential for us. What sets Vischer apart is the parallel expertise available in tax issues relating to the IP market. This reduces the interfaces in a project and helps keep administrative costs low.’

Key clients


CH Media TV AG



Ten23 Health

Delica AG

Work highlights

  • Defended an action (provisional measure) against Ten23 Health at the Federal Patent Court.
  • Advised Delica on a licensing and development collaboration agreement for Delica’s new technology for an innovative coffee beverage system in which the coffee capsules are fully compostable.
  • Represents Delica AG in the patent dispute on Nespresso-compatible aluminum coffee capsules before the Federal Patent Court and coordinates the parallel proceedings in Spain and Germany.

BMG Avocats

The IP practice at BMG Avocats is co-headed by Sylvie Gurry-Veit, whose practice covers the full range of domestic and international IP and commercial transactions, and ‘exceptional’ Anne-Virginie La Spada, who has extensive expertise in trade mark, design, and copyright issues. The team has particular strengths in Swiss and global acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of IP of big and medium size brands, whom they advise on IP and commercial undertakings in Switzerland and internationally. The team, alongside the litigation department, represents clients involved in IP related arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sylvie Gurry-Veit; Anne-Virginie La Spada


‘One of the key strengths of BMG Avocats is their exceptional communication skills. They have demonstrated a knack for distilling intricate legal matters into digestible summaries, enabling clients to easily follow the progress of their case, and understand the associated conditions.’

‘This level of client-oriented service sets them apart from other firms. Their ability to simplify and clarify the complexities of IP law is a testament to their commitment to ensuring that clients are well informed and comfortable. Tech trade mark disputes is a new field and not super easy to understand for non-tech people – BMG Avocats had a deep understanding on this.’

‘Anne-Virginie La Spada was exceptional, not only because she won but also because her communication was on point, and we were kept in the loop throughout the process. Truly exceptional service and communication.’

‘The team can cover a wide range of legal issues.’

‘The quality of the advice, the proactive information flow.’

‘Excellent and proactive in managing our trademark portfolio. They help in problem solving and are very supportive with our goals.’

‘The team are approachable, follow up regularly on outstanding issues and pleasant to work with. The team are very helpful with a positive attitude.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting a major player in food & beverage industry in two parallel arbitration proceedings regarding alleged breaches of trade mark licensing agreements, for a total value in dispute exceeding CHF200m.
  • Assisted a major player in the watch industry with a design and unfair competition dispute (with cross-border implications) involving a competitor.
  • Assisted a major player in the sports industry in a procedure before a self-regulatory organization in the field of advertising, concerning environmental claims (with cross-border implications).

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd.

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd. uses its ‘excellent knowledge of IP and trade mark law’ to support Swiss-based and global clients with international IP transactions and litigations with particular strengths in the IP development and transfer agreements, pharma patent litigation, trade mark protection, and corporate IP transactions. Practice co-head Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser has expertise drafting and enforcement of contracts for the transfer of intellectual property rights, especially license and R&D agreements. Dirk Spacek, who co-heads the team alongside Birkhäuser, handles technical IP matters such as patent law as well as software- and media-copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser; Dirk Spacek

Other key lawyers:

Julia Nitschke


‘CMS has excellent knowledge of IP and trade mark law. Would instruct them again at any time. ’

‘Simone Brauchbar has strong expertise in IP and trade mark law and has an excellent reputation in the industry.’


Key clients

Better Cotton Initiative

Tetra Semiconductors AG

Aon Schweiz AG

N-Dream AG

Near Foundation

Designwerk Technologies AG


Lab 14 GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Better Cotton Initiative on sustainability claim regulation in Switzerland and especially the EU.
  • Advising Aon Schweiz AG in a transaction to enhance its range of digital services as part of its pension fund management operations.
  • Advising Designwerk Technologies AG on all trade mark matters as well as various R&D and delivery agreements.

HOUSE attorneys

Representing and advising luxury clients active in the retail, media, and automotive industries, HOUSE attorneys has considerable experience in handling issues concerning the exploitation and enforcement of IP rights. The team is headed by litigation expert Frédéric Serra who handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters with a special focus on the luxury goods and fashion industry. Melina Haralabopoulos has extensive experience in advising clients on licensing, branding strategies and complex R&D agreements. Cindy Zaher left the team in April 2023 to join GROS & WALTENSPÜHL.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Serra

Other key lawyers:

Melina Haralabopoulos


‘Knowledgeable, accessible, reliable.’

‘Frédéric Serra and Melina Haralabopoulos are probably among the best choices for complex IP matters and litigation in Switzerland.’

‘As customers, we greatly appreciate the efficiency of HOUSE ATTORNEYS’ actions, their availability and the fluidity of the exchanges with Frédéric Serra and Melina Haralabopoulos. we also highly appreciate the transparency of the fees and the respect of the amounts announced. Furthermore, HOUSE ATTORNEYS combines expertise in IP but in general law of obligations as well, whether on a contractual or litigation basis.’

Key clients

Christian Louboutin

Bentley Motors Ltd

Ferring International Center SA

Work highlights

id est avocats sàrl

id est avocats sàrl‘s intellectual property practice, which is co-led by Juliette Ancelle and Michel Jaccard, advises and represents clients active in a wide range of industries, from traditional banking and luxury industries, to innovative MedTech, fintech, or biotech companies. The team utilises its interdisciplinary expertise by often advising clients on employment matters with IP elements such as protection of newly IP developed brands or disputes over ownership within the employment contract. Other key team members include Alexandre Jotterand and Stéphanie Junod.

Practice head(s):

Juliette Ancelle; Michel Jaccard

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Jotterand; Stéphanie Junod


‘Uniquely and exceptionally internally coordinated between the legal team and the IP strategies applied with various clients. Further, collective IP knowledge and handling IP-related matters is highly remarkable in contractual work such as complex development agreements.’

‘Stéphanie Junod and Juliette Ancelle are lawyers who are always available to handle complex legal/IP matters. They both understand the ultimate goal of our collaboration and the services required for a particular mandate. Both the detailed orientation coupled with their timely handling is stand out against other law firms.’


Work highlights

Kellerhals Carrard

Specialising in commercial contracts and solutions within the IP domain, Kellerhals Carrard advises clients within the sports, life sciences, financial services, and transport sectors on distribution strategies, development and manufacturing agreements, sale agreements, privacy policies, and product liability strategies. The team is headed by Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch, Nicolas Mosimann, and Stefano Perucchi. Alder has broad experience in the protection, enforcement, and exploitation of IP rights whilst Perucchi’s practice covers commercial aspects such as negotiation and drafting of contracts and Mosimann's profound expertise in advising technology and life sciences start-ups on licensing, distribution, and R&D agreements. Ralph Gramigna, who has extensive IP experience, and Christophe Rapin, who has a special focus on EU trade mark law, support the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder; Daniel Emch; Nicolas Mosimann; Stefano Perucchi

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Gramigna; Christophe Rapin

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Work highlights


LALIVE‘s intellectual property practice represents corporates, NGOs, and individuals on a broad range of IP matters, including trademarks, designs, domain names, copyright, and unfair competition. The team is particularly active in IP-related arbitration proceedings. Practice head Thomas Widmer handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters relating to IP law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Widmer

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to a global supplier of integrated gambling and gaming systems in a €25m ICC arbitration against an operator in the gaming industry concerning the alleged breach of a limited license for the use of IT products.
  • Representing a multinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation in civil proceedings against a Swiss bank which is inter alia claiming access to the source code of various software interfaces developed by the client in a frame of a global IT service agreement.
  • Advising a non-profit organisation funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in drafting and negotiating several contractual agreements in relation to intellectual property issues and the mitigation of the consequences of the various event cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG

With ‘profound knowledge on IP issues’, Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG supports clients with the enforcement of IP rights, litigation and arbitration of licensing agreements, unfair competition matters, and representation before domestic and foreign authorities, such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. Team lead Mathis Berger has a special focus on litigation and arbitration of licensing agreements, patents, copyrights and trade marks, information and biotechnology issues. Zoe De Santis-Honegger focuses on corporate and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mathis Berger

Other key lawyers:

Zoe De Santis-Honegger


‘Nater Dallafior’s Intellectual Property Team has very profound knowledge on IP issues and an outstanding academic background which is combined by very practical solutions.’

‘Mathis Berger has very profound knowledge about IP issues and an outstanding academic background which is combined by very practical solutions. – Zoe De Santis brings the ideal combination of profound knowledge on IP issues and being an excellent litigator at the same time.’


Work highlights

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Recommended for its ‘solution-oriented’ nature, Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s diverse range of capabilities across strategic litigation, commercial contracts and brand protection strategies enables it to operate for multinational companies and organisations. The team enjoys a strong presence across a multitude of sectors, from manufacturing and electronics to life sciences and IT. ‘Super responsive’ practice head Nicolas Birkhäuser possesses a wealth of experience in commercial contracts as well as managing domestic and international IP strategies. ‘Highly motivated’ Janine Reudt-Demont demonstrates prowess in the life sciences sector and other regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Janine Reudt-Demont; Michaela Zehnder


‘Solution oriented. This is a great team of lawyers that focuses on the issues and provides practical business advice, not conservative legalese. ’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is super responsive and takes ownership of his issues.’

‘Janine Reudt-Demont is highly motivated and has an excellent knowledge of the life sciences industry in Switzerland.’

‘What I would also like to mention in particular is the teams’ focus on new technologies. NKF uses and supports its customers also based on the latest knowledge of artificial technology. This makes the performance of the teams faster, more competent and for me as a customer also more favourable. ’

‘Responsive and available.’

‘The needs of the customer always come first. I particularly appreciate the dutiful and quick implementation of my requests. NKF has partners who always advise me competently.’

‘Janine Reudt-Demont has meticulously read into our IP situation and our specific needs. We know at all times that our interests are always protected in the best possible way through her work. ’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

SkySale Schweiz GmbH

Thomson Reuters

Capvis AG

FibroGen Inc.

Josef Binkert AG

The Body Shop



Flatfox AG

Navistar International

Work highlights

  • Assisted Procter & Gamble in taking action against the sale of products by two competitors, which was held, among others, to amount to unfair competition. The result for the client was successful.
  • Advising and defending SkySale Schweiz against attacks by Apple and have already pushed back a significant part of them.
  • Assisting Capvis in transactions in a wide range of different issues, including among others, the due diligence review of IP portfolios (patents, trademarks, designs), copyrights including in particular software (open source and other), know-how and business secrets.

Rentsch Partner AG

Noted for its ‘high client focus’, IP boutique Rentsch Partner AG is regularly entrusted by tech start-ups for assistance with the establishment of their IP portfolio, as well as demonstrating strengths in life sciences, software IP and a diverse scope of IP litigation. Maria Iskic leads the team with her capabilities in managing trade mark portfolios and advising on multijurisdictional disputes. Former practice head Demian Stauber departed in August 2023 and is no longer in private practice.

Practice head(s):

Maria Iskic

Other key lawyers:

Dany Vogel; Philip Kerpen; Suzana Häggi; Gregor Wild


‘The firm is well organized. The collaboration with our developers is very constructive and leads to real added value.’

‘The firm does not limit itself to merely describing the ideas to be protected, but rather to describing the idea as such, which makes your patent specifications more valuable. For our young engineers, the collaboration with the firm is also always a good training in IP details. Patent attorneys also train the importance of handling unprotected knowledge.’

‘We rely on a trustful teamwork and good cooperation with the firm.’

Key clients

Plass Rescue Technologies

Tara Brands Europe

Eli Lilly and Company

Synetronics Baugruppen Ag

precisionED Ag

Diwisa SA

Zehnder Group International Ag

NematX Ag

itschner connect Ag


Work highlights

Sigma Legal

Sanding out with their ‘pragmatic, attentive and skillful approach’, the IP team at Sigma Legal, which is co-headed by Alain Alberini and Stéphanie Chuffart-Finsterwald, advises all type of companies, from start-ups to multinationals, as well as non-profit entities and internal organisations on a wide range of IP related activities, including IP portfolio strategy, trade mark and design registration and prosecution, unfair competition matters, and drafting of agreements. The team also offers dispute resolution services. Adrien Alberini, who specialises in commercial and technology law, is a notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Alain Alberini; Stéphanie Chuffart-Finsterwald

Other key lawyers:

Adrien Alberini, Kevin Guillet


‘I worked mainly with Alain Alberini and I was more than satisfied about his skills. The team seem to be in cohesion together and pay a particular attention to their customers. They offer different services and each of them is an expert in its domain which makes the difference.’

‘The advice given is always top notch, pragmatic and adapted to the corporate culture of the client. The team does not shy away from giving precise, clear-cut advice.’

‘Stéphanie Chuffart-Finsterwald always makes herself available and is close to her clients. She perfectly understands our needs and is quick on her feet.’

Key clients

State of Geneva

GliaPharm SA

World Health Organization

Fondation Asile des aveugles (Hôpital Ophtalmique Jules-Gonin)


Lian Group

superhuit Sàrl

Saint-Augustin SA

Viva Frida Sàrl

HEMU – Conservatoire de Lausanne

Association Alice Rivaz

Non-Violence Project Foundation / NV LICENSING SA

5G Media Action Group

Open Forest LLC

MindMaze Group LLC

Concept Foundation

Retail & Co

The Watch Library Foundation

Jogne Invest Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assistance to MindMaze Group LLC with the management of its global trademark portfolio.
  • Assisting a client with all legal aspects in relation to the creation of an amusement park and museum on chocolate (including hotels, restaurants, etc.), which notably includes a complex license agreement with the chocolate trademark owner and transfer of IP rights agreement with the creators of the park.
  • Regular assistance to the Hôpital Ophtalmique Jules Gonin, one of the leading clinics and research centers worldwide in the ophthalmic sector, in all legal matters, notably IP, including management of IP rights in the context of R&D contracts, IT development agreements and researcher labor contracts.


Boutique firm WEINMANN ZIMMERLI specialises in Swiss and international trade mark, patent, copyright and design law as well as licensing, unfair competition and antitrust law. The firm also has strengths handling IP prosecutions and litigations. The team, which is headed by Madeleine Schim Van Der Loeff and Marco Handle, includes Alban Shabani, who focuses on cross-border litigation, trade mark specialist Stefan Keehnen, and Fabian Wigger, who has ‘exceptional knowledge, particularly in litigation matters and copyright law.’

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Schim van der Loeff; Marco Handle

Other key lawyers:

Alban Shabani; Stefan Keehnen; Fabian Wigger


‘Fabian Wigger and Marco Handle are both very skilled lawyers and very pleasant to work with.’

‘WEINMANN ZIMMERLI made a tremendous step towards the future by making four young but very experienced and respected associates partners. The law firm really built its future with very talented partners.’

‘Outstanding in the team for his knowledge, skills and experience is Fabian Wigger. Fabian has exceptional knowledge, particularly in litigation matters and copyright law. In case we have conflict of interests, Fabian is a “safe harbour” for our clients.’

Work highlights

Wenger Vieli Ltd

The IP practice at Wenger Vieli Ltd has particular strengths advising IP matters relating to ICT, digitalisation, AI, and blockchain, with a focus on start-ups. The team employs an interdisciplinary approach with special expertise in brand management and information privacy management. Claudia Keller heads the practice and has extensive experience in trade mark disputes.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Keller


‘The team advise and represent clients on the protection, use, exploitation and defense of intellectual property rights (IP). The team is familiar in different industry sectors as e.g. sport and media. Only proven experts work in this team.’

‘Claudia Keller has many years of experience in her areas of expertise, with a particular focus on technology and data law. Here, she can draw on her interdisciplinary training in information privacy management and brand management. Claudia Keller is extremely committed to the needs of her clients, regardless of if they are large cooperations or startups.’


Key clients

IK Partners


MENU Technologies



Fox Williams

BLKB (Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank)| | | |

Crypto Valley Association

Electric Feel






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Pro Life



Privatbank Bellerive

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