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Intellectual Property

Protecting Your Competitive Edge

Our Intellectual Property Group is composed of lawyers specializing both in IP and in litigation/arbitration. As a result, we offer our clients representation at the highest level in IP disputes, which often involve complex procedural issues in multiple jurisdictions.

„smart and technically very strong.“


Key Contacts

Philipp Groz


We represent clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings that involve:

  • The validity and infringement of patents, trademarks, copyrights and designs;
  • Matters relating to know-how protection, unfair competition, or domain names;
  • Disputes arising out of licensing, R&D, technology transfer, franchising and distribution agreements.

We also assist clients in the following areas:

  • Advising on intellectual property and know-how issues and strategies;
  • Drafting and negotiating licensing, R&D, technology transfer, MTA, franchising and distribution agreements;
  • Conducting IP due diligence and drafting IP transfer agreements;
  • Advising in the fields of media, sponsoring and advertising law;
  • Advising in the fields of life sciences and health law;
  • Advising on regulatory matters and competition law.

We have significant expertise in the following industry sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices;
  • Automotive and mechanical industry.
  • Chemicals;
  • Internet;
  • Electronics;
  • Consumer and luxury goods;
  • Restaurant and hotel franchising;
  • Telecommunication and digital network providers. 

Our experience includes:

  • Representation of MerckSerono against a major U.S. pharmaceutical group in a high-profile arbitration (2 billion USD) arising out of a patent license agreement;
  • Advising Philip Morris International on various IP, unfair competition and contractual matters;
  • Advising Samsung on intellectual property, advertising and unfair competition matters.

Deals & Cases

Schellenberg Wittmer advises Santhera Pharmaceuticals in exclusive License Agreement with Polyphor

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked and recognized amongst leading law firms in global directories and publications:

  • Chambers Europe in Intellectual Property
  • Legal 500 in Intellectual Property
  • WWL Switzerland
  • World's Leading Trademark Professionals
  • World’s Leading Patent Professionals
  • Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars