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Intellectual Property, IT and Telecom

In general

The firm's intellectual property team advises on all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, designs and copyright as well as know-how and trade secrets.

We are committed to our clients' long-term success, assisting them proactively by identifying successful strategies to help to protect their intellectual property and counselling them on options that can strengthen their portfolio and support the company's growth. We assist not only by advising on the management of IP portfolios, but also by protecting and defending intellectual property rights through litigation.

Our extensive international connections permit us to coordinate the global protection of our clients' intellectual property rights. We are frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional matters.

We maintain excellent contacts with WIPO, the Swiss Institute for Intellectual Property and other institutions and associations and our lawyers are frequent speakers at international and national conferences as well as authors of books and articles in this area.

Our focus

We provide a full range of domestic and international trademark services. We assist in the preparation and filing of domestic or international trademark registrations. We draft all relevant contracts in this respect, including license and franchise agreements. In addition, we handle opposition and appeal procedures regarding trademarks and take defensive or proactive action before the competent courts, including the Supreme Court.

We have extensive knowledge in copyright and entertainment law (contracts, licence agreements) and assist in litigation concerning patent matters.

Another focus lies on software and information technology matters, in particular the drafting of licence, maintenance, integration and outsourcing agreements. IT law often includes important aspects of intellectual property law but also others like data protection. A typical area where IP and IT intersect are domain names. We have considerable experience in this field as counsel and experts/panelists with WIPO (UDRP and Swiss procedure).

We further handle matters regarding media and privacy law (press, television) as well as cases related to the laws relating to advertising law including representation before the competent Commission.