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Philipp Groz, LL.M.


Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19

P.O. Box 2201

8021 Zurich

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 9379
F +41 44 215 5200

German, English

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 9379
F +41 44 215 5200

Philipp Groz is a Partner in our Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Groups. He represents clients in litigation before Swiss courts and in international arbitrations, and also sits as an arbitrator. He specializes in the fields of intellectual property, unfair competition, licensing and distribution and also advises clients on non-contentious matters in these fields. Philipp also assists clients in regulatory matters, particularly concerning life sciences, foods and consumer goods.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Represented pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in various international arbitrations arising out of licensing and/or distribution agreements
  • Represented medical device manufacturer in patent entitlement dispute before the Swiss Federal Patent Court
  • Acted as counsel to telecommunication companies in various unfair competition proceedings before Swiss courts and authorities
  • Represented manufacturer of luxury goods in expedited arbitration relating to termination of distribution agreement
  • Advised consumer goods companies on various aspects of Swiss regulatory law (such as advertising, labeling, product liability, product recalls)


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Substitute Judge and Court Secretary at the District Court of Zurich
Court Secretary and Clerk at the District Court of Zurich

Education and Admission
Master of Laws (LL.M.) with specialization in intellectual property, New York University School of Law
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of Zurich

Additional Professional Activities
  • Board member of Licensing Executives Society Switzerland
  • Regular publications and speaking engagements in the field of intellectual property, licensing and IP-related arbitration


  • Chambers Europe
  • Legal 500
  • Who's Who Legal Future Leader in Arbitration (2018)
  • World’s Leading Patent Professionals
  • World's Leading Trademark Professionals
  • Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars

„thoughtful and talented, producing well-considered solutions” with "a rare specialism in IP arbitration“

World's Leading Trademark Professionals

Selected Publications

Introduction to WIPO Arbitration Rules and Commentary on Articles 54-60
M. Arroyo (ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland, The Practitioner's Guide, 2nd ed., Kluwer 2017 (publication forthcoming)
Global Patent Litigation – How and Where to Win (Chapter on Switzerland)
Philipp Groz, Andrea Mondini
Elmer/Gramenopoulos (Eds), Global Patent Litigation – How and Where to Win, Bloomberg BNA, 2014
International Arbitration in Switzerland - Chapter: The Law Governing the Merits of the Dispute and Awards ex Aequo et Bono
in: Geisinger/Voser/Petti (Eds),International Arbitration in Switzerland: A Handbook for Practitioners, 2nd ed., Kluwer Law International, 2013
Drafting arbitration clauses for IP agreements
Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2012, Vol. 7, No. 9, p. 652-662