Switzerland: Trademarks 2019

This chapter sees 47 individuals highlighted from the Swiss trademarks space. Their practices cover matters ranging from prosecution and licensing to unfair competition disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bernard Volken  FMP Fuhrer Marbach & Partners, Berne
2. Markus Frick  Walder Wyss Ltd, Zurich
3. Gregor Wild  Rentsch Partner, Zurich
4. Christoph Gasser  BianchiSchwald, Zurich
5. Michael Noth  Times Attorneys, Zurich
6. Patrick Troller  Troller Hitz Troller, Lucerne 

FMP Fuhrer Marbach & Partners stands out for its impressive offering in the trademarks space.
Lauded by peers as “one of the best lawyers in Switzerland”, Bernard Volken is among the top-ranking lawyers in the field this year. He is regarded as “very pragmatic” and “well known at the firm”, with peers noting his brilliance on opposition proceedings and design work.
Eugen Marbach is a “very senior figure” in the IP space. He possesses “excellent skills of persuasion”, according to sources who consider him “one of the big names in the field”.
Peter Widmer is “a very experienced lawyer” with “great mandates” in the intellectual property space. He is known for being “very strong” on the protection and enforcement of domain and company names.

Walder Wyss is a market leading firm that receives three listings here.
Markus Frick is “a top lawyer” according to peers who rate him highly for his “very impressive work” advising and representing clients in the life sciences space on a range of trademark issues.
Roger Staub is “a very influential lawyer in the field” and someone who peers state they “highly recommend”. He possesses a wealth of experience on trademark protection and design matters.
Stefano Codoni is highlighted as “the go-to name in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland” by sources. He particularly stands out in the market for his “very professional” approach to a range of trademark matters.

Lenz & Staehelin performs strongly in research, achieving three listings this year.
Lara Dorigo is “an important player” in the Swiss trademarks space who is rated highly by market observers for the breadth of her expertise on unfair competition litigation and licensing agreements.
Thierry Calame is a “first-class lawyer” who enjoys a “superb reputation” for his excellent work for clients on issues relating to unfair competition and trademark licensing.
Jürg Simon is an “outstanding and very skilled trademark practitioner” who possesses deep knowledge of the sports, media and telecommunications sectors.

Times Attorneys’ Michael Noth is a “top lawyer” who is “extremely energetic” and provides clients with “big ideas that you can trust”. He is well known for his work in the field of IP litigation and trademark prosecution.
Andrea Mondini is “among the best-known names in Switzerland” and a “prominent litigator” with “very important clients” in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Gregor Wild of Rentsch Partner has a “superb reputation” among peers who consider him a “leading expert in the field” and note that he is “very good on trademark prosecutions”.
Magda Streuli-Youssef commands great respect from respondents to our research who describe her as a “big name in the field”. Her practice sees her involved in such issues as IP licensing and unfair competition disputes.

At Kasser Schlosser avocats, Ralph Schlosser draws widespread plaudits from peers who describe him as “a really excellent lawyer” for trademark licence agreements.

BianchiSchwald’s Christoph Gasser is “great on complex cases” and “a very sharp lawyer” according to sources. He is frequently involved in advising clients on trademark oppositions, prosecutions and litigation.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s 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.
Simon Holzer is a first-rate practitioner who draws praise for his wide-ranging expertise in the trademarks arena. He regularly provides clients with advice on such issues as licensing agreements and trademark designs.

Troller Hitz Troller’s Patrick Troller is “seen regularly on high-profile trademark cases” according to market players who commend him as a “leading figure for trademark work”. He has particular insight into international trademark prosecutions.
Gallus Joller is “a highlight of the firm” who provides “excellent communication skills, clear advice and enormous knowledge” on matters arising from domain disputes, unfair competition and licensing agreements.

Homburger’s Gregor Bühler has “significant experience” in the space and is a “go-to lawyer for trademarks issues” according to commentators. He is recognised as an “excellent litigator”, who has strong expertise in licensing and distribution agreements.

At Junod Muhlstein Lévy & Puder Laurent Muhlstein continues to impress peers who regard him as a “superb IP practitioner” who is “notable for his work in the fashion industry”.

“One of the IP icons in Switzerland”, Michael Treis of Baker McKenzie is “very skilled and possesses great knowledge” of the trademarks field. He is a “senior figure in the market” who stands out for his impressive handling of prosecutions and trademark contracts.
Eva-Maria Strobel is a fantastic lawyer who receives widespread plaudits from respondents to our research for her excellent work in relation to trademark prosecutions.

Bär & Karrer’s Markus Wang is a prominent name in the jurisdiction who receives strong support from peers, who state that he has “been in the business a long time and is excellent”. He is known for his particular expertise in technology transfer licensing.

Meisser & Partners’ David Meisser is a well-recognised lawyer who gains recognition from market sources for his impressive handling of trademark clearance and litigation.
Marco Bundi is a “fantastic partner” with a “great client list”. He is a “well-established” and “very smart” lawyer, who is adept on trademark prosecutions.
Benedikt Schmidt is well respected by market players who recommend him for his impressive work on prosecution and unfair competition litigation matters across the trademarks space.

At Wild Schnyder, Donald Schnyder is “a leading name” in the market according to respondents who consider him “a highly experienced attorney”. They note he is “very active in the prosecution and opposition arenas”.
Sources state that Gabriela Taugwalder is “absolutely superb for opposition matters” and rate her to be “one of the top lawyers in the country for trademark prosecution”.

Anne-Virginie La Spada-Gaide of BMG is “very well known in the trademark business” say sources, who consider her “a pre-eminent attorney in the French-speaking area”. They consider her “a certain inclusion”, notably for her work on litigious matters.
Sylvie Gurry Veit has “a visible presence” in the trademarks arena, and is highlighted by peers as “well known for transaction and prosecution work”.

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