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Who's Who Legal
Who's Who Legal

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Switzerland - Trademarks 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Michèle Burnier is a top-tier IP lawyer who excels at the protection and licensing of trademarks.


Michèle Burnier is a partner of Pestalozzi’s IP&TMT group in Geneva and co-head of the Group. Her fields of expertise include intellectual property, including unfair competition, geographical indications, data law, data protection, advertising and e-commerce law, IT and telecommunication as well as media and contract law. She has a broad knowledge and experience in civil litigation (including interim measures) and privacy law issues and regularly represents corporates and individuals before Swiss civil, administrative and/or criminal courts in relation to her IP&TMT Practice.

Michèle Burnier has years of experience in negotiating and drafting of complex IP agreements. She is a member of various national and international organizations, such as AIPPI, INTA, ASA, LIDC, AROPI and LES (member of the board of the Swiss national group) and she is Chairman of the first Chamber of the Swiss Commission for Fair Advertising (CSL). In addition, Michèle Burnier frequently lectures in seminars in the fields of intellectual property law and unfair competition, also in cooperation with the Swiss Intellectual Property Institute. Her expertise is recognized by leading legal directories, including Chambers, The Legal 500, Leaders League, IP Stars, IAM and World Trademark Review (WTR).

Michèle Burnier graduated from the University of Lausanne and was admitted to the bar in 1995. Michèle Burnier subsequently worked for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, where she worked for the Trademark Department, before taking on specific tasks in connection with WIPO/WTO-TRIPS and representing Switzerland for several years in the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications.

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