Simon Holzer
Office:
Schiffbaustrasse 2
PO Box 1765
8031
City:
Zurich
State:
Zurich
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 44 396 91 91
Fax:
+41 44 396 91 92

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Switzerland

Simon Holzer is a leading figure in the firm’s IP team where he specialises in complex patent litigation, complex trademark matters and geographical indications. Consistently ranked in the leading directories, Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere”. As a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation”, he is a “pleasure to work with”.

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE. 

After my studies in Berne and a research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, I joined the law firm Meyerlustenberger Lachenal (MLL) in Zurich. MLL was already a leading law firm in intellectual property law at that time. In the past 15 years we have continuously developed our firm as a leader in technology-related areas and the size of our team has increased more than fivefold since then.  

Since 2012 I have been a part-time judge at the Swiss Federal Patent Court and head the patent litigation team of our firm. I have been a member of the management team of our Zurich office since 2018. 

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A CAREER IN IP LAW?

It is simply the most fascinating and varied area of law with a diverse range of remarkable clients. 

AS HEAD OF THE FIRM’S PATENT AND LIFE SCIENCES TEAM, HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOU STAND OUT FROM COMPETITORS IN THE MARKET?

We must succeed in attracting the best talents for our team. Furthermore, we must constantly develop and improve ourselves (eg, by using the latest technologies). Finally, we must gain the confidence of our clients to entrust us with their most important cases.

PATENT LITIGATION IN SWITZERLAND HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR IN RECENT YEARS – WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS DRIVING THIS TREND? 

First, this seems to be an international trend; and second, the Federal Patent Court has done an excellent job in recent years.

HOW DO YOU THINK THE RATIFICATION OF THE UNIFIED PATENT COURT (UPC) WILL AFFECT THE PRACTICE IN SWITZERLAND? 

Unfortunately, I do not have a crystal ball and the influence of the UPC on the Swiss patent system is hardly predictable. I am convinced that the UPC will come and will be a success. However, as long as the Swiss Federal Patent Court issues sound and comprehensible decisions within a reasonable period of time, patent disputes will continue to arise in Switzerland. At the beginning, the UPC will still be subject to a significant amount of uncertainties. It will take several years to resolve the most important outstanding procedural issues. We had the same experience when the new Federal Patent Court was introduced in Switzerland in 2012. Our advantage is that the Swiss proceedings are now very predictable. This will not be the case with the UPC at the beginning.  

WHICH INDUSTRY SECTORS ARE BUSIEST FOR PATENT LITIGATION WORK AT THE MOMENT? 

Patent disputes in the field of pharmaceutical products still constitute by far the largest part of all disputes in Switzerland. Most of these cases are international disputes. I am also pleased that more and more disputes on standard essential patents are litigated in Switzerland. Our team currently assists and represents several clients in this quickly evolving area.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF CAREER ADVICE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN?

A helpful piece of wisdom is Reinhold Niebuhr’s serenity prayer: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

WHAT DO YOU STILL HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN YOUR LEGAL CAREER?

I would be pleased if I felt that, upon retirement in a bit more than 20 years, MLL’s patent litigation team contributed to our profession’s modernisation and its adoption of technology to provide even more precise and cost-effective services to our valued clients.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Life Sciences

Simon Holzer is a member of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by peers and clients, and heads the firm’s patent and life sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks, geographical indications and unfair competition.

Simon Holzer is also a trusted adviser in the field of pharmaceutical regulatory law, an experienced IP litigator and has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and international disputes extending across a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications (including standard-essential patents and FRAND issues), software, cosmetics and foodstuffs.

In 2010, the Swiss Parliament appointed Simon Holzer as an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland.

Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere” who is “top-ranked by peers” within the “excellent” and “high-flying” IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal. According to clients, Simon Holzer is particularly well versed in the areas of patents and pharma and clients highlight his “in-depth technical understanding”. Other sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation” as well as a “pleasure to work with”.

WWL says: Simon Holzer is “a prominent figure in the life sciences sector” according to market players who particularly note him as “a strong patent litigator”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Life Sciences: Patent Litigation

Simon Holzer is a member of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by peers and clients, and heads the firm’s patent and life sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks, geographical indications and unfair competition.

Simon Holzer is also a trusted adviser in the field of pharmaceutical regulatory law, an experienced IP litigator and has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and international disputes extending across a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications (including standard-essential patents and FRAND issues), software, cosmetics and foodstuffs.

In 2010, the Swiss Parliament appointed Simon Holzer as an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland.

Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere” who is “top-ranked by peers” within the “excellent” and “high-flying” IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal. According to clients, Simon Holzer is particularly well versed in the areas of patents and pharma and clients highlight his “in-depth technical understanding”. Other sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation” as well as a “pleasure to work with”.

WWL says: Simon Holzer possesses a "very active practice" which features deep understanding of SPC and FRAND disputes.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Patents

Simon Holzer is a member of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by peers and clients, and heads the firm’s patent and life sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks, geographical indications and unfair competition.

Simon Holzer is also a trusted adviser in the field of pharmaceutical regulatory law, an experienced IP litigator and has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and inter-national disputes extending across a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications (including standard-essential patents and FRAND issues), software, cosmetics and foodstuffs.

In 2010, the Swiss Parliament appointed Simon Holzer as an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland.

Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere” who is “top-ranked by peers” within the “excellent” and “high-flying” IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal. According to clients, Simon Holzer is particularly well versed in the areas of patents and pharma and clients highlight his “in-depth technical understanding”. Other sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation” as well as a “pleasure to work with”.

WWL says: 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”. 

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Patents

Simon Holzer is a member of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by peers and clients, and heads the firm’s patent and life sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks, geographical indications and unfair competition.

Simon Holzer is also a trusted adviser in the field of pharmaceutical regulatory law, an experienced IP litigator and has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and inter-national disputes extending across a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications (including standard-essential patents and FRAND issues), software, cosmetics and foodstuffs.

In 2010, the Swiss Parliament appointed Simon Holzer as an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland.

Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere” who is “top-ranked by peers” within the “excellent” and “high-flying” IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal. According to clients, Simon Holzer is particularly well versed in the areas of patents and pharma and clients highlight his “in-depth technical understanding”. Other sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation” as well as a “pleasure to work with”.

WWL says: Simon Holzer is a standout name in the Swiss market on IP law and patent matters in the life sciences sector.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Patents which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Trademarks

Simon Holzer is a member of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by peers and clients, and heads the firm’s patent and life sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks, geographical indications and unfair competition.

Simon Holzer is also a trusted adviser in the field of pharmaceutical regulatory law, an experienced IP litigator and has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and international disputes extending across a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications (including standard-essential patents and FRAND issues), software, cosmetics and foodstuffs.

In 2010, the Swiss Parliament appointed Simon Holzer as an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland.

Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere” who is “top-ranked by peers” within the “excellent” and “high-flying” IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal. According to clients, Simon Holzer is particularly well versed in the areas of patents and pharma and clients highlight his “in-depth technical understanding”. Other sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation” as well as a “pleasure to work with”.

WWL says: Simon Holzer is a first-rate practitioner who draws praise for his wide-ranging expertise in the trademarks arena. 

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Switzerland which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Trademarks: Lawyers

Simon Holzer is a member of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by peers and clients, and heads the firm’s patent and life sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks, geographical indications and unfair competition.

Simon Holzer is also a trusted adviser in the field of pharmaceutical regulatory law, an experienced IP litigator and has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and international disputes extending across a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications (including standard-essential patents and FRAND issues), software, cosmetics and foodstuffs.

In 2010, the Swiss Parliament appointed Simon Holzer as an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland.

Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere” who is “top-ranked by peers” within the “excellent” and “high-flying” IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal. According to clients, Simon Holzer is particularly well versed in the areas of patents and pharma and clients highlight his “in-depth technical understanding”. Other sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation” as well as a “pleasure to work with”.

WWL says: Simon Holzer receives wide-ranging endorsements for his market-leading reputation in the IP space, with deep experience in a variety of trademarks matters.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Trademarks which can be purchased from our Shop.

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