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Switzerland: Trademarks 2017

This year 31 individuals have been listed for their expertise in trademark prosecution, filings and litigation across a comprehensive array of sectors and industries. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bernard Volken FMP Fuhrer Marbach & Partners, Berne
2. Markus Frick Walder Wyss, Zurich
3. Roger Staub Walder Wyss, Zurich
4. Patrick Troller Troller Hitz Troller, Luzern

FMP FUHRER MARBACH & PARTNERS covers a full range of trademark matters including, protection and design. Three partners are listed in recognition of the high standard of their practice in this area.
Bernard Volken is a renowned intellectual property lawyer with over 20 years of experience who is recognised by peers as a “certain inclusion” in this year’s listings.
Eugen Marbach’s extensive intellectual property expertise includes experience in competition and media-related matters. He is described by one respondent as a “very important person in the trademark industry.”
The “excellent” Peter Widmer is experienced in handling a broad range of domestic and international trademark matters.

TROLLER HITZ TROLLER is one of Switzerland’s leading law firms in intellectual property law and features two impressive names in this year’s research.
Patrick Troller is one of the top trademark lawyers in the country, with deep expertise across filing, prosecution and competition issues. Sources note him as “one of the people you find on big litigations”.
Gallus Joller is considered to be “very smart” and “really good in trademarks”, according to commentators. He focuses on the intersection of competition and IP law, advising and representing clients in relation to the protection of their trademarks and designs.

WALDER WYSS is a prominent Swiss firm with substantial experience advising companies and providing legal analysis in the IP arena.  Three practitioners are listed here.
Markus Frick heads up the firm’s team in the area and is “well liked by clients”.  He has worked on a number of landmark trademark cases and has a strong reputation for his work.
Roger Staub handles complex litigation and arbitrations in the trademarks area and also acts as an arbitrator. According to one source he is “certainly one of the leading trademarks people in Switzerland”.
Magda Streuli-Youssef is another “leading name” in Swiss trademark law. She focuses on intellectual property, media and unfair competition matters and her litigation abilities are “highly recommended” by peers. 

LENZ & STAEHELIN’s strength in the trademarks field is recognised this year with three new additions to the listings.
Jürg Simon is a high-profile intellectual property lawyer in Switzerland with nearly 30 years of experience in this area. Sources highlight him as a “hardcore litigator” who is “very well known in the market”.
Lara Dorigo is a "promising and strong” attorney recommended by peers for her skill in a broad array of intellectual property disputes.
Thierry Calame is an esteemed practitioner who handles a range of trademarks work as part of his wider IP practice. 

BMG provides legal services to both Swiss and international clients. The firm’s intellectual property law practice encompasses a wide range of services including trademarks, designs and patents.  
Anne-Virginie La Spada-Gaide is an extremely well-regarded intellectual property lawyer who is described by sources as “pragmatic, very smart, modern and extremely professional”. She has over 20 years’ experience in trademark matters.
Founding partner Sylvie Gurry-Veit is an “extremely good” and “highly respected” practitioner. She is recommended by peers for her expertise and experience across the full gamut of trademarks matters.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER LTD’s Andrea Mondini focuses predominantly on intellectual property litigation and arbitration. He is recognised by peers as an “excellent lawyer” who has “been in the business a long time”.

Ralph Schlosser of KASSER SCHLOSSER AVOCATS is an experienced adviser and specialist in intellectual property law. He is “very active” in this area of practice and is described by peers as “reliable, precise and very smart”.

TIMES ATTORNEYS’s Michael Noth is a “dynamic” lawyer with “broad experience” in intellectual property litigation and arbitration, including trademark  filing and prosecution work.  

Michael Treis leads BAKER MCKENZIE’s Swiss IP practice and has represented clients in number of significant cases relating to trademark and competition law, including disputes before the ECJ, OHIM and CFI. Sources highlight him as “a superb lawyer”.

HOMBURGER AG’s Gregor Bühler has 25 years of industry experience and is described by peers as a “leading” Swiss trademark lawyer.  He has broad experience across a range of intellectual property matters including distribution and licensing mandates.

Markus Wang of BÄR & KARRER LTD heads the firm’s IP group and is praised by peers for his proficiency in transactional matters. Sources credit his “extensive experience” and “very reasonable approach, making him good to deal with” as key strengths of his practice.

MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL’s Michael Ritscher has extensive experience litigating and arbitrating on trademark, design and advertising issues. He is widely regarded as a knowledgeable expert in this area and handles an array of high-profile cases. 

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