Switzerland: Patents 2018

This chapter features 16 leading patents lawyers with outstanding expertise spanning patent prosecution, enforcement and disputes across a range of industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thierry Calame Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
2. Andri Hess Homburger AG, Zurich
3. Christian Hilti Rentsch Partner AG, Zurich
4. Simon Holzer Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd.,

International firm MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL leads the market with three lawyers listed here.
Simon Holzer stands out as “a very strong patents practitioner”. As head of the firm’s “dream team” patents and life sciences practice, he enjoys a very strong reputation in the market.
The “outstanding” Michael Ritscher is a prominent figure for cross-border IP disputes. He leads the IP team and is held in high esteem for his cutting-edge legal knowledge and experience advising major clients from the life sciences and retail sectors. 
Reinhard Oertli is also recognised for his first-rate patents practice, most notably in the life sciences sector.

Prominent Swiss law firm LENZ & STAEHELIN achieves two listings in this chapter.
Thierry Calame is the foremost patents expert in the Swiss market. He is widely endorsed as “an outstanding patent litigator” who is “smart, experienced and technical”.
Lara Dorigo impresses peers with her broad expertise across the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. She is a strong presence before the Federal Patent Court and is held in high regard for her superb work in the space.

This year we highlight two lawyers from HOMBURGER.
Andri Hess is recommended as “one of the very best practitioners” in Switzerland. He is a seasoned patent litigator who draws praise for his expert handling of complex technical disputes.  
Georg Rauber is a highly regarded patents lawyer with an outstanding reputation for his work in sophisticated enforcement and licensing disputes.

RENTSCH PARTNER’s Christian Hilti is a go-to patent litigator with vast experience in high-profile disputes across Europe. He is highlighted as a “very prominent” expert in the life sciences sector.

At TIMES ATTORNEYS, Andrea Mondini is a “very skilled and experienced” lawyer with “outstanding” expertise in the life sciences sector. Peers speak highly of his vast litigation experience before the Swiss Federal Patent Court.

Ralph Schlosser of KASSER SCHLOSSER AVOCATS is a “go-to” lawyer for complex patent litigation in Switzerland and is a trusted representative to numerous household name brands.

STREICHENBERG ATTORNEYS AT LAW is home to Christoph Willi, a top expert in patent law. He is a well-established litigator who is commended for his experience representing generics in the pharmaceutical sector.           

At FMP FUHRER MARBACH & PARTNERS, Peter Widmer is held in high esteem as an experienced patent lawyer with astute strategic insights.

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