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Dr Simon Holzer
Patents and Life Sciences | Trademarks, Design & Advertising | Arbitration and Litigation
Simon Holzer heads the firm’s Patent and Life Sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks and geographical indications. He has substantial experience in a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, software and foodstuffs. Simon Holzer is also a trusted advisor in pharmaceutical regulatory law. He represents and advises clients in litigation, IP-related arbitration as well as contractual matters concerning in particular technology transfer, licensing and distribution. In 2010 the Swiss parliament appointed Simon Holzer as part-time judge of the Federal Patent Court.
Partner with MLL and head of Patent and Life Science Practice Group (since 2012), Foreign Associate with Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, Chicago (2008–2009), Associate with MLL (2005–2011), Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (2005), Freelance associate with a Swiss law firm in Berne (2000–2004), Law Clerk in the judiciary of the Canton of Berne (2000–2001)
German, English, French
European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), Licensing Executives Society (LES), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Swiss Institute for IP rights (INGRES), Zurich Bar Association (ZAV), IP practice group of Zurich Bar Association, IP practice group of Bernese Bar Association
University of Berne, Dr. iur. (2004), Research scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law (2002–2003), University of Berne, lic. iur. (1998)
Post-merger, MLL Legal can draw upon the expertise of the two former law firms MLL and Froriep resulting in a comprehensive legal services offering. The combined team has profound knowledge in the areas of intellectual property, IT and data privacy matters where Michael Ritscher, Simon Holzer, Nicola Benz and Lukas Bühlmann are key practitioners. In corporate, banking and finance matters, Alexander Vogel, Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, Andrea Sieber and Dunja Koch in London are the key individuals. Patricia Guerra acts for private clients and Wolfgang Müller advises real estate clients. Tax expert Marcel Jung and litigation expert Sabina Schellenberg are further key contacts.
MLL Legal is well positioned to advise on regulatory matters regarding pharmaceuticals, medical and chemical products, foods, as well as tobacco products and CBD. The team also assists its clients with developing and implementing compliance programmes. Simon Holzer and Michael Reinle lead the practice.
Core strengths of MLL Legal‘s competition practice are investigations conducted by and merger notifications to be filed with the Swiss Competition Commission as well as civil antitrust litigation. In addition to acting for corporate clients, the team regularly assists industry associations with their competition matters. The group can also offer know-how in the areas of distribution law and in the e-commerce sector. IP specialist Simon Holzer, Hubert Orso Gilliéron who also has corporate experience, and dedicated competition practitioner Renato Bucher lead the practice.
After its merger, MLL Legal‘s life sciences & healthcare practice is now headed up by Simon Holzer and Nicola Benz. It ‘stands out for its comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach in finding tailor-made solutions‘ and offers clients from the pharmaceutical and medical devices field legal support. The team is well versed in IP-related matters, dispute resolution and contracts. Kilian Schärli is noted for his know-how in blockchain pharmaceutical cases. Ulrike Ciesla is a key contact in patent matters. Associate Louisa Galbraith is a ‘rising star.’
According to clients, MLL Legal has the ‘best IP team in Switzerland‘, including ‘an excellent IP litigation team‘. The practice, which is jointly headed by the ‘hugely experienced‘ Michael Ritscher, Simon Holzer and Peter Schramm covers all intellectual property matters and is known for its strength in the protection of geographical indications, European patent matters, copyright matters and intellectual property matters in information and communication technology – an area of specialisation of the ‘excellent‘ Nicola Benz and Lukas Bühlmann. Further key contacts are Reinhard Oertli, ‘super knowledgable‘ Guillaume Fournier, the ‘very intelligent‘ Kilian Schärli, Nadine Von Büren-Maier and the ‘fantastic‘ Ulrike Ciesla.
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