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Switzerland: Patents 2017

In this chapter, we highlight the 14 leading patents lawyers active in the Swiss market. These individuals have a proven track record of their work advising and representing clients in relation to their patent portfolios and patent litigation needs.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thierry Calame Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
2. Andri Hess Homburger, Zurich
3. Michael Ritscher Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Zurich

Swiss independent full-service firm MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL is a key player in the country’s legal market. The firm’s patent practice has a heavy pharmaceutical sector focus and a wealth of experience representing key clients in litigation in Switzerland and abroad. In this chapter, we highlight three outstanding individuals from the firm’s Zurich office.
IP practice head Michael Ritscher garners a number of recommendations for his well-established patent litigation practice. One source considers him to be “an extremely experienced and prominent attorney”.
Simon Holzer heads the firm’s patents and life sciences team and is a visible force in the market. He regularly leads the firm’s mandates in significant patent infringement cases, particularly for pharmaceutical clients.
According to sources, Mark Schweizer is a “smart lawyer” and “certainly knowledgeable in the field”. He specialises in complex patent litigation for clients from a wide range of industries, including advertising and media, pharmaceuticals, engineering and the consumer goods.

LENZ & STAEHELIN is a leading national law firm with a respected IP practice and a deep bench of IP specialists known for their wealth of experience in complex patent cases. The firm boasts two inclusions in this chapter.
Practice co-head Thierry Calame is regarded by peers as a “smart and experienced litigator” with “a strong technical background". His impressive practice encompasses IP-related disputes, and he is well versed in handling both related litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Lara Dorigo draws praise for her ability to handle complex cases with ease. She is particularly well versed in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent disputes.

At full-service firm HOMBURGER, patent law forms a core area of its recognised IP practice. The firm’s lawyers boast vast experience handling contentious patent issues before Swiss courts and authorities. Two leading patent practitioners are recognised.
Andri Hess is regarded as “a most impressive name in the market” by one source; another claims, “he is very sharp and a great litigator." His enviable list of clients includes Nestlé and Nespresso, whom he recently defended in patent infringement proceedings.
The “fantastic” Georg Rauber heads the firm’s IP practice and regularly represents clients, often players from the technology, sports and media sectors, in patent disputes.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER’s Andrea Mondini is described as “an obvious inclusion” and an “excellent person to have on the other side” by one interviewee. He is an experienced patent litigator known for his work in high-profile pharmaceutical patent disputes.

At RENTSCH PARTNER, the “superb” Christian Hilti enjoys a great reputation in the market. A former non-permanent judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court, he has significant expertise in patent litigation proceedings.

CMS VON ERLACH PONCET’s Robert Briner possesses over 20 years of experience in the Swiss IP space, and boasts considerable expertise in IT and software patents.

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