Intellectual Property

Chambers Europe

“Highly esteemed for its handling of contentious IP matters, acting on both litigation and international arbitrations. Also strong on the consultancy side.”

Legal 500

“Outstanding team.”

Legal500

“Smart and technically very strong.”

Chambers Europe

“The team has excellent knowledge of the legal situation, provides fast feedback, shows a strong initiative and pushes for solutions.”

IAM Patent 1000

“A courtroom favourite among major life sciences players, the team also boasts first-rate arbitration capabilities.”

Practice Group

Our Intellectual Property Group focuses on litigation and arbitration of intellectual property and licensing disputes. Alongside this, the IP team is active in complex licensing deals and major transactional matters, often in combination with the firm’s M&A team. The IP team works across a wide range of sectors and has particular industry expertise in the life sciences and luxury goods sectors.

Expertise

Experience

We represent clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings that involve:

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

We also assist clients in the following areas:

  • Drafting and negotiating licensing, R&D, technology transfer, franchising and distribution agreements
  • Conduct of IP due diligence and drafting of IP transfer agreements
  • Advice on intellectual property and know-how issues and strategies
  • Advice in the fields of media, sponsorship and advertising law
  • Advice on regulatory matters and competition law

We have significant expertise in the following industry sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices
  • Consumer and luxury goods
  • Automotive and mechanical industry
  • Chemicals
  • Internet
  • Electronics
  • Restaurant and hotel franchising
  • Telecommunication and digital network providers
  • Representation of MerckSerono against a major US pharmaceutical group in a high-profile arbitration (USD 2 billion) arising out of a patent license agreement
  • Advice to Philip Morris International on various IP, unfair competition and contractual matters
  • Advice to Samsung on various IP, advertising and unfair competition matters
  • Advice to Santhera Pharmaceuticals on various complex, multi-jurisdictional licensing deals
  • Advice to SIX Group on a complex transitional trademark license as part of the carve-out of SIX Group's European cards business into a strategic partnership with Worldline

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked and recognised among 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
 

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