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Switzerland: Trademarks Analysis 2016

This chapter highlights 39 trademark practitioners.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Christian Rohner Swissberg Ltd, Zurich
Bernard Volken FMP Fuhrer Marbach & Partners, Berne
Patrick Troller Troller Hitz Troller, Lucerne
Magda Streuli-Youssef Walder Wyss, Zurich
Peter E Wild Wild Schnyder, Zurich
Michael Noth Times Attorneys, Zurich

FMP Fuhrer Marbach & Partners leads the research this year with an impressive three nominations. Bernard Volken is “extremely active” in the field and has written widely on the subject. Peter Widmer is known for his “prestigious” practice. Eugen Marbach often teaches at the University of Berne and is a “much-respected practitioner”.

Troller Hitz Troller also achieves three listings in this chapter, including the “revered” Patrick Troller, whose practice focuses on copyright law, design law and the law of company and trade names. Also representing the firm is Gallus Joller, a name that peers would “highly recommend” with regards to trademark work. Martin Hitz is a “leading light” in the practice area and a member of numerous national and international professional associations, including the International Trademark Association.

Three leading lawyers from Walder Wyss receive nominations this year. Magda Streuli-Youssef is a “very impressive” and “experienced” litigator. The “fantastic” Markus Frick is a partner of the firm’s information technology, intellectual property and competition team, and specialises particularly in trademark, patent and unfair competition law. Also at the firm is Lucas David, who is praised by clients for his “extensive knowledge” of the practice area.

Wild Schnyder is fielded by three lawyers in this chapter, including the “remarkable” Peter Wild. He specialises in all aspects of international trademark law and has over 20 years of international experience. He is joined by Gabriela Taugwalder who is renowned for her work on advertising law, both from an industry and agency perspective. Founding member Donald Schnyder is commended for the “sound counsel” that he delivers to clients when dealing with multinational and domestic issues.

Lenz & Staehelin also receives three listings in this practice area. Jürg Simon is a “prominent practitioner” in the field of intellectual property, and regularly lectures on the subject at the University of St. Gallen. The “terrific” Lara Dorigo is based in the firm’s Zurich office and primarily represents clients in litigation and acts as counsel in arbitrations. Thierry Calame practises in patent, trademark, unfair competition and copyright litigation law, and is regarded peers as an “excellent advocate”.

Homburger also garners three nominations this year. Georg Rauber is recognised for his “technical expertise” and “professional approach” to cases. The “brilliant” Gregor Bühler is “very highly regarded” amongst peers, while Werner Stieger is recommended for his “tremendous understanding” of intellectual property matters.

Two practitioners from Times Attorneys garner inclusion in this chapter, including founding partner Michael Noth. He is admired by clients for his “formidable” work on both litigation and arbitration. Philippe Gilliéron deals with both contentious and non-contentious issues, and is praised for his “astute” counsel.

Froriep also achieves two listings this year. Roger Staub leads the firm’s intellectual property and technology group in Zurich, and advises both international and domestic clients from a broad range of industries. The “exceptional” Nicola Benz deals with intellectual property, patent and technology licensing matters.

At Meisser & Partners, David Meisser runs a “great” practice and delivers “intuitive” advice to clients. Alongside him, Marco Bundi is recognised for his “strategic” approach to cases.

E Blum & Co is fielded by two lawyers, including the “outstanding” Sven Capol, whose practice covers trademarks, patents, corporate and trade names, and unfair competition. Mathias Meyer is commended for the “creative” and “tailored” advice that he provides to clients.

BMG also receives two listings in this chapter. Anne-Virginie La Spada-Gaide is regarded as “very knowledgeable” and active in unfair competition matters, including trademark, copyright, domain name and trade dress matters. The “intelligent” Sylvie Gurry Veit is described by peers as a strong practitioner in this space.

Michael Treis is an “established” practitioner and represents Baker & McKenzie in this chapter. He heads the firm’s intellectual property practice in Switzerland and advises a range of Swiss and global clients.

Staiger, Schwald & Partner is fielded by the “sensational” Christoph Gasser, who gains recognition for his “in-depth knowledge” of the practice area.

At Schellenberg Wittmer, Andrea Mondini “continues to impress” clients when dealing with complex patent issues.

Markus Wang at Bär & Karrer is a “hands-on” and “down to earth” advocate. He deals with both contentious and non-contentious issues, particularly those regarding the pharmaceutical, biotech and IT sector.

Ralph Schlosser at Kasser Schlosser avocats is a “star player” in the field and is recognised for the “practical” advice that he delivers to clients.

At Pestalozzi, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer heads the firm’s IP & TMT practice group in Zurich. She possesses a “keen eye for detail” and is “meticulous” when preparing cases.

The “incomparable” Gregor Wild at Rentsch Partner achieves a listing this year for his work both as a counsellor and prosecutor.

At Weinmann Zimmerli, Adrian Zimmerli runs a “fabulous practice”, and regularly gives talks on trademark and design protection.

Michael Ritscher represents Meyerlustenberger Lachenal in this chapter, and is praised by clients for his “perfect understanding of the market”.

Vincenzo Pedrazzini at Isler & Pedrazzini is described as the “go-to guy” for IP issues, and is known for his “vast experience” in the field.

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