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Michael Ritscher

Michael Ritscher

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)Schiffbaustrasse 2PO Box 1765ZurichSwitzerland8031
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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Michael Ritscher enjoys an excellent reputation in the Swiss market and is spoken of highly by commentators for his expert handling of IP matters across the life sciences and retail sectors.

Questions & Answers

Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland and beyond. Michael heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP group, and has extensive practice in advising and representing clients from various sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail. Often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases, Michael is a reference for companies that regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law. Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.

How is the generational shift changing legal practice at your firm? What do younger lawyers do differently?

Younger lawyers are more accustomed to working in teams, which allows them to better tackle the challenges coming from ever-increasing client expectations. It is my impression, however, that younger lawyers are less curious – curiosity being one of the most important features of a successful lawyer.

What did you find most challenging about starting out as a litigator and an arbitrator?

In litigation, success and failure become almost always and swiftly evident.

What has been your most interesting case to date, and why?

All of the several hundred cases I have been involved in – be it as litigator, arbitrator or special judge in IP cases at the Zurich Court of Commerce – have been interesting, in particular the landmark cases in patent, copyright and trademark law, and the cases where I was allowed to contribute my vast experience in dispute resolution in international settings. The one that stands out, however, is a case where I successfully sued the British government before the High Court because of non-compliance with EU copyright law, regarding the repeal of section 52 of the UK Copyright Act, leading to industrial designs being protected by copyright for the full 70 years after the death of the author.

What do you enjoy most about your current role?

Thanks to my vast experience I can better differentiate between important and less important aspects of a new matter, and thus better help our clients to efficiently solve their problems.

What are the greatest challenges posed by IP litigations and arbitrations respectively? Do they differ significantly?

The greatest challenge is the ever-increasing time and cost pressure coming from the client, and the need for experienced judges/arbitrators who understand not only the law but also the business needs of the parties.

How does Meyerlustenberger Lachenal distinguish itself from competition in the market?

The IP team of MLL distinguishes itself from competition by the excellent team spirit, a high partner involvement, a client-focused approach, and an excellent cost/success ratio.

What advice would you give to practitioners hoping to one day be in your position?

Focus on an area of law one feels passionate about; thrive at becoming a leader in this field; and work in an international setting.

How do you anticipate the Swiss legal market changing in the next five years? How might this affect your practice?

More global work; smaller panels; specialised in-house teams; and increasing time and cost pressure. This will demand even more specialisation and stronger international cooperation.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

 Michael Ritscher has a top-drawer reputation as a patent litigator and possesses an enviable practice that frequently sees him involved in cross-border disputes.

Biography

Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland and beyond. Michael Ritscher heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP group. He has extensive practice in advising and representing clients from a broad variety of sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail.

Michael Ritscher is often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases. He is a reference for companies that regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law.

Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.

Patents 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Ritscher is a well-established figure in the European market with sources highlighting his impressive expertise on cross-border litigation across the life sciences and luxury goods sectors.

Biography

Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland and beyond. Michael Ritscher heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP group. He has extensive practice in advising and representing clients from a broad variety of sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail.

Michael Ritscher is often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases. He is a reference for companies that regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law.

Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.

Trademarks 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Ritscher has "set a high standard in Switzerland for years" according to commentators who applaud his impressive practice in trademark and design disputes.

Biography

Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland and beyond. Michael Ritscher heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP group. He has extensive practice in advising and representing clients from a broad variety of sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail.

Michael Ritscher is often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases. He is a reference for companies which regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law.

Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.

National Leader

Switzerland - Life Sciences

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Ritscher is a standout name in the field who draws much praise from peers for his skill in patent disputes, including wide-ranging experience in arbitrations.

Biography

Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland and beyond. Michael Ritscher heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP group. He has extensive practice in advising and representing clients from a broad variety of sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail.

Michael Ritscher is often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases. He is a reference for companies which regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law.

Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.

Switzerland - Patents

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Ritscher enjoys an excellent reputation in the Swiss market and is spoken of highly by commentators this year for his expert handling of IP matters across the life sciences and retail sectors.

Biography

Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland and beyond. Michael Ritscher heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP group. He has extensive practice in advising and representing clients from a broad variety of sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail.

Michael Ritscher is often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases. He is a reference for companies that regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law.

Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.

Switzerland - Trademarks

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michael Ritscher is highlighted as “one of the best lawyers in the country” by commentators. He stands out as a “very recognisable individual in the market” who excels on trademark design and litigation, particularly in the luxury goods space.

Biography

Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed IP litigators and arbitrators in Switzerland and beyond. Michael Ritscher heads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP group. He has extensive practice in advising and representing clients from a broad variety of sectors, including life sciences, luxury goods and retail.

Michael Ritscher is often at the forefront of precedent-setting cases. He is a reference for companies which regularly seek his support to handle their cross-border contentious affairs involving Swiss, EU and international law.

Michael Ritscher appears as an opinion leader in his field in client and peer feedback ratings.

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