Switzerland: Patents 2019

This chapter sees 19 individuals highlighted for their excellent work on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the Swiss patents space.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thierry Calame  Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
2. Andri Hess  Homburger AG, Zurich
3. Simon Holzer  Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd, Zurich
4. Andrea Mondini  Times Attorneys, Zurich

Homburger performs strongly in our research, seeing four of its practitioners highlighted this year.
Andri Hess is one of the foremost patent lawyers in the country. He is a “big name in the space”, according to peers, who consider him “one of the leading people in Switzerland for patent litigation”.
Georg Rauber is a standout name in the jurisdiction who commands great respect for his knowledge of patent disputes and transactions. He frequently represents clients in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Gregor Bühler draws widespread praise from market sources who recommend him for his strong expertise in patent litigation and transactional matters.
Werner Stieger is a senior figure in the market who is highly sought after by clients for his impressive understanding of matters arising from IP contracts.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal sees three of its lawyers listed in this chapter.
Simon Holzer is recognised as one of the leading patent lawyers in the country. He runs a “very strong practice” which peers praise as “one of the top for patent litigation work”.
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.
Reinhard Oertli gains recognition from respondents to our research for his in-depth understanding of patent protection, with a particular focus on the data protection space.

Thierry Calame of Lenz & Staehelin is a leading light and pre-eminent figure in the patents market. He is well known for his extensive experience on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the life sciences and technology sectors.
Lara Dorigo is well respected among sources who highlight her wealth of experience handling complex patent litigation and regulatory matters, most notably in the technology, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

At Times Attorneys, Andrea Mondini enjoys a stellar reputation in the market as a top-tier patents lawyer. He is described by commentators as a “regular feature in the Swiss patents litigation space”.

BianchiSchwald’s Christoph Gasser is “well known in the IP business" according to market commentators, who identify him as "an outstanding lawyer by all accounts".

Bär & Karrer’s Markus Wang impresses peers and clients alike who praise his adept handling of patent issues in the biotech, IT and pharmaceutical sectors.

At Kasser Schlosser avocats, Ralph Schlosser is highlighted as “a leading name in the French part of Switzerland” by respondents, who rate him highly for his work on patent contracts and disputes.

Patrick Troller at Troller Hitz Troller has a prominent position in the market with peers stating that he “really knows how to handle a case”. He is recommended for his particularly strong expertise in patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector.

Christian Hilti of Rentsch Partner is “very active in the field of patents” according to observers who note he excels on matters arising from mechanical and life sciences patents.

FMP Fuhrer Marbach & Partners’ Peter Widmer stands out in the market for his wide-ranging experience in the field, most notable handling patent litigation in the life sciences sector.

Rudolf Rentsch of IPrime Rentsch Kaelin | IPrime Legal draws widespread support from peers in the field for his in-depth knowledge of issues relating to cross-border litigation and licensing arrangements.

Vischer’s Stefan Kohler is an excellent patents lawyer who gains recognition from respondents to our research this year for his superb work advising clients on as licensing agreements and technology transfers.

At Streichenberg Attorneys at Law, Christoph Willi is a well-established player in the Swiss patents space with observers noting that he is “very active on litigation for generics”.

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