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Simon Holzer

Simon Holzer

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)Schiffbaustrasse 2PO Box 1765ZurichSwitzerland8031
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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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”.

Questions & Answers

Simon Holzer is head of MLL’s top-tier patent and life sciences team, which is consistently ranked as one of the very best in Switzerland by peers and clients. He has experience in all areas of IP law with a clear focus on technically complex litigation and arbitration cases, mostly in the field of patents. Simon is also an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This Court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland. According to clients, Simon is “extremely knowledgeable in the patent area, easy to work with, personable and very responsive”, and “always brings valuable strategic and economic aspects to the case”.

What do you enjoy most about your role as head of the firm’s patent and life sciences team?

It is very gratifying that clients entrust our team with their most valuable and important cases in the patent field. This expresses their trust and appreciation of our work. Our team has grown significantly over the past few years and we have always managed to integrate young talents. Attracting outstanding new members to our team is a great challenge and satisfaction.

What are the greatest challenges currently facing IP lawyers in Switzerland?

Changing client needs, increased competition, digitisation and the difficulty of getting talented people excited about our profession. To counter this, we need flexibility, the ability to keep up with new technologies, and the willingness to react to changes quickly.

How do you envisage the new amendments to regulation surrounding medical products in Switzerland affecting the nature of work in the legal market?

As an IP attorney in the field of life sciences, it has become even more important to know the regulatory requirements for drugs and to be able to make them available to our clients. This is a great advantage for our firm. We have a tradition of advising our clients at the interface of pharma regulatory and IP issues.

In what ways have client demands and priorities evolved since you first began practising?

Clients are increasingly demanding not only a legal but also a technical and commercial understanding of their lawyers. This is why we consistently expand our team with technical specialists. Clients also demand that complex facts be presented and explained in a simple way. This is why we always try to get to the heart of complex issues as fast as possible.

What do you believe will be the greatest challenges that patent infringement proceedings relating to the area of crypto technology will pose for lawyers?

It is possible that we will see a wave of standardisation in this area, similar to the mobile communications sector. SEPs may occur also in the crypto sector in the future. In addition, it is important to be able to solve not only the IP issues of a crypto case, but also the regulatory, technical and commercial aspects.

How is the generational shift changing legal practice at your firm? What do younger lawyers do differently?

In our team, we are proud to have a working climate where younger lawyers can benefit from older lawyers, and older lawyers benefit from their younger colleagues. Younger lawyers communicate very well and are especially good at constantly adapting to new circumstances.

How do you anticipate the Swiss legal market changing in the next five years? How might this affect your practice?

The internationalisation of the legal landscape will continue, as will the pressure to either grow or specialise even more. Furthermore, the Big Four will continue expanding their legal services. Clients will reduce the number of law firms with which they work, or they will only work with highly specialised lawyers. Be assured that we think a lot about these challenges and are proactive in finding answers.

What advice would you give a younger lawyer looking to pursue a career in this area?

It is a thrilling and beautiful profession that, like all professions, will face some challenges in the future. However, the trust of long-standing clients, and the opportunity to have a detailed insight into new industries every day, are wonderful compensations.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Simon Holzer is "highly recommended" as one of Switzerland's top names for patent law, with particular skill as a litigator.

Biography

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, and is an experienced IP litigator. He 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”.

Patents 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Simon Holzer is "the go-to person in Switzerland" for patents according to peers. He runs a top-drawer practice that sees him engaged in a range of matters in the life sciences field.

Biography

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”.

Trademarks 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Simon Holzer is renowned for his first-class practice and excels in assisting clients through contentious and non-contentious trademark issues.

Biography

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 "delightful" and someone who "executes geographical indication mandates with precision, and has the communication skills to convey his highly valued advice in a clear and meaningful way to lawyers across the pond".

National Leader

Switzerland - Life Sciences

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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”.

Biography

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”.

Switzerland - Patents

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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”.

Biography

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”.

Switzerland - Trademarks

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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.

Biography

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”.

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