We are delighted to present our first WWL Lifetime Achievement Award for Switzerland to Dr Werner Stieger of Homburger.
During the course of a career spanning 40 years, Dr Stieger has built a reputation as one of the most respected intellectual property practitioners in Switzerland, both by peers and in the courts.
Starting his career at E. Blum & Co patent attorneys in 1979, he moved to a boutique law firm in 1985 and was admitted to the bar in the same year. He moved to Homburger in 1994 and has remained there for the past 25 years, retiring from the partnership in 2017 and now acting as senior counsel. He gained a doctorate in law in 2001.
He has primarily focused on patent litigation and transactional advice, representing pharmaceutical companies and other prominent businesses in the field on an array of complex matters. He has also written numerous publications and articles of thought leadership concerning patents, arbitration and the Swiss legal system, including acting as co-editor of Sic!, a journal of IP, information and competition law.
Over the years, respondents to our research have called Dr Stieger “the first choice”, “a big name” and “one of the top names for patent litigation”.
He was listed in our first WWL: Patents guide in 2007 and has remained a fixture in our Swiss and international guides ever since, including being named as a Most Highly Regarded name for Patents in WWL: Switzerland.