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Michèle Burnier

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Michèle Burnier is a partner and member of Pestalozzi’s IP&TMT group as well as Litigation and Arbitration group in Geneva. Her fields of expertise include intellectual property, including geographical indications, unfair competition, data protection, advertising and e-commerce law, IT and telecommunication law and contract law. She regularly represents clients before Swiss civil, administrative and/or criminal courts. In addition, Michèle Burnier frequently lectures in seminars in the fields of intellectual property law and unfair competition, also in cooperation with the Swiss Intellectual Property Institute. She also regularly acts as arbitral secretary under the ICC Rules or Swiss Rules.


University of Lausanne (lic.iur., 1990). Bar admission (1995). Legal Counsel at Swiss Consumer Organization (1995). Legal Counsel at Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (1998). Joined Swiss law firm (2004). Joined Pestalozzi (2015). Partner at Pestalozzi (2017).


French, German, English, Italian.


International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), International Trademark Association (INTA), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), Association romande de propriété intellectuelle (AROPI), Licensing Executives Society (LES, member of the board of the Swiss national group), Chairman of the first Chamber of the Swiss Commission for Fair Advertising (CSL), Geneva Bar Association.


Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Pestalozzi's intellectual property department is recommended for its 'deep knowledge, sharp critical thinking, quick turnaround times and trustworthiness'. It is particularly strong in the protection, licensing and commercialisation of regulated products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, medical, IT and food industries, involving trade mark, branding and patent advice and litigation, as well as the defence against product liability claims. The team includes lead partner Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, dispute resolution specialist Thomas Legler and Geneva-based contact MichÚle Burnier.

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

The Geneva office of Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd assists with banking, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal investigations, financing and M&A transactions. Sébastien Roy and Christophe Emonet are well known for the aforementioned areas, while MichÚle Burnier handles IP and TMT matters.

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Within: TMT

Pestalozzi's TMT team is 'very caring and precise' and 'delivers work to the clients' complete satisfaction'. Covering e-commerce, data protection, IT distribution and outsourcing, telecoms law, as well as fintech and medical tech matters, the practice is led by 'devoted lawyer' Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who counts the Southern Switzerland Film Commission among her clients. Intellectual property partners Thomas Legler and MichÚle Burnier are other key members of the team.

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