Our IP Team, which has grown steadily since the 1990s, comprises some of Switzerland’s leading intellectual property law lawyers, covering all aspects of patent, know-how, trademark, copyright, design and unfair competition law. This includes clarifying the noninfringement of third-party rights, management of worldwide IP portfolios, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights and defense against infringement allegations, both out of court and before state courts and arbitratral tribunals. Our well experienced team has the specialised expertise and human resources to help our Swiss and foreign clients succeed. We typically work in an international context. We follow the important legal, economic and technical developments in Switzerland and worldwide and often help shape them. Innovative companies, whether small, medium-sized or large, usually either have us on their side or as an opponent.
Our team offers you access to experts especially in these areas:
“It is crystal clear: MLL is a leading IP firm and its lawyers are simply brilliant”
Globe Law and Business Ltd, June 2022
Medical Cannabis & Cannabinoid Regulation 2022 Switzerland – Law & Practice and Trends & DevelopmentsChambers and Partners, Global Practice Guides, Medical Cannabis & Cannabinoid Regulation, 20 June 2022
krautinvest.de, Interview by Moritz Förster, 29. Mai 2022
Swiss Arbitration Association Conference on Arbitration and Intellectual Property in Geneva on 18 August 2022
MLL Legal ranked in Leaders League Switzerland 2022: Data Protection, Life Sciences: Regulatory, IT & Outsourcing, Sports Law, Patent Litigation, Trademark Litigation
IP Stars ranks MLL Legal as a Top Tier Firm for Patents and Trade Marks in 2022 listings
IAM Patent 1000 2022: Gold rated MLL Legal is “a powerhouse within life sciences litigation”
MLL Legal successfully represented Bayer HealthCare LLC in summary proceedings before the Federal Patent Court
NFTs and Trademarks – What You Need to Know
«NFT» seem to be the word of the hour. Everyone wants NFTs, many are creating NFTs, some are buying and trading NFTs, few are getting rich off NFTs and even fewer know what an NFT really is. Currently, «The Merge»-NFT is the most expensive NFT ever traded – it was purchased for more than 91 million USD. However, NFTs are a much talked about topic not only because of their sometimes-astronomical purchase prices, but also because several legal disputes have already arisen in connection with NFTs – including over intellectual property rights. We tell you what you need to know, what you need to keep in mind and which questions are currently still unanswered with regard specially to trademark law.More
Little-Known Pitfall in Application for Paediatric Extensions or Paediatric SPCs
When filing applications for paediatric extensions and paediatric SPCs in Switzerland, it must be kept in mind that Switzerland is not a member state of the European Union and thus has a separate and independent system when it comes to the approval of medicinal products. Paediatric extensions and paediatric SPCs are only granted in Switzerland based on respective Swiss marketing authorizations issued by the competent authority Swissmedic. The relevant provisions in the Swiss Patent Act provide for some very particular conditions that the respective marketing authorizations must meet in order to serve as a basis for the grant of a paediatric extension or paediatric SPC. Those conditions are unique to Switzerland and therefore little-known abroad.
The Shape of the VW Bulli – A trademark? A trademark!
The First Board of Appeal at EUIPO has ruled that the shape of the VW Bus (commonly referred to as «Bulli»), the cult van of Volkswagen («VW») is protectable as a 3D trademark and shall be registered accordingly as a European trademark (Decision of the First Board of Appeal at EUIPO of 29 November 2021, case no. R 2421/2020-1).More
LexCast: Happy New Year From the MLL NexGen Incubator – Find Out What 2022 Has in Store for You!
As 2021 draws to an end MLL looks forward to 2022 and wonders what it holds. Listen to our specialists from across our offices talking about what legal trends they see coming in the year ahead.More
The Capsule Saga Comes to an End – Swiss Federal Tribunal Denies Trademark Protection to Nespresso Capsules
The Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that the shape of the Nespresso capsules is technically necessary and that Nestlé’s 3D trademark shall therefore be cancelled (decision 4A_61/2021 of 7 September 2021).More