IAM Patent 1000 2022: Gold rated MLL Legal is “a powerhouse within life sciences litigation”

MLL Legal again ranks in the highest “Gold” tier for patent litigation work and is recommended for transaction work. The firm’s dedicated, full-service IP practice stands out for its leading trademarks, designs and unfair competition practice, its expertise in patents and the health industry as well as in copyright, technology, media and telecommunications.

iam1000 describes MLL Legal as being one of the best IP law firms in Switzerland with “a great team of highly specialised, very experienced practitioners, all of whom are highly regarded in their respective fields.” The merger of MLL Legal’s legacy firms Meyerlustenberger Lachenal and Froriep on 1 July 2021 “brings the overall headcount to a whopping 150 lawyers, and further cements the outfit’s position as a powerhouse within life sciences litigation and enhances its capabilities in the transactional space. It is also in prime position to assist international corporations out of its four local offices and further two outposts in London and Madrid”.

MLL Legal’s patent experts are praised in iam1000 Patent Rankings 2022:

“Immensely experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic, Simon Holzer always works really hard, stays calm under pressure and produces excellent results.” Also highly rated is IP division lead, Michael Ritscher. A pre-eminent figure in the Swiss market, Ritscher is fluent in German, English, French and Italian, which stands him in good stead for his national and international cases. “Michael is an outstanding practitioner with a profound knowledge of patent matters”, enthuses one interviewee. “His theoretical know-how is paired with a fine pragmatic sense, which makes for well-balanced solutions and creative pathways to achieving his client’s objectives. Michael is among the best of the best.” Other high-calibre individuals on deck include Ulrike Ciesla and Kilian Schärli. Chemistry PhD Ciesla is a pharmaceutical ace who “performs excellently in court and has an outstanding knowledge of EPO case law. She has a remarkable understanding of the technologies that she works with and is a very reliable team player”. Schärli makes light work of supplementary protection certificates and always “does a tremendous job. He is great to work with, hands-on and develops the most impressive strategies.”

IAM Patent 1000 is published by Globe Business Media Group. It ranks the leading firms for patent work in key jurisdictions around the world and is based on extensive research in over 40 jurisdictions carried out over a five-month period each year, starting in September.

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