WTR1000 2022: “MLL is at the top of its game and the work produced is beyond impressive”

MLL’s IP team ranks highly again in the 2022 edition of World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000.

The team was awarded the highest Gold Status rating for an outstanding performance in trademark enforcement and litigation, as well as a prestigious silver rating in the trademark prosecution and strategy section. Leading lawyers Peter SchrammMichael RitscherGuillaume Fournier, Simon Holzer and Nicola Benz are highly recommended. The research concludes:

The IP department at MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep “is at the top of its game and the work produced is beyond impressive”. In a significant shake-up on the Swiss market, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal joined forces and fully integrated with Froriep to form an IP powerhouse with a towering reputation in the high-tech, innovative and regulated sectors. Its trademark offering already ranked among the Swiss elite, but the merger has supercharged its transactional capabilities and given clients instant access to over 150 lawyers operating out of four Swiss locations and further offices in London and Madrid. As a testament to the calibre of its work, the ensemble has been busy registering colour marks for Deutsche Telekom; managing the worldwide portfolio of Calida; and securing robust protection in Asia and favourable decisions at the German Supreme Court for Vitra. Taking the lead on all three is the “simply phenomenal” Peter Schramm. The “pragmatic and successful litigator” is “knowledgeable, engaged and dynamic. He works together with colleagues to achieve the best possible results”. Michael Ritscher recently nailed another landmark victory on behalf of Coop in a dispute before the Commercial Court of the Canton of Aargau as well as in subsequent appeal proceedings before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. The “immensely experienced and business oriented” practitioner “has a deep understanding of the law and leads a fantastic IP division”. High-calibre all-rounder Guillaume Fournier has lately been busy overseeing the portfolio of leading Swiss wine producer Provins and tackling parallel imports on behalf of Porsche. Similarly versatile and “a top-drawer individual”, Simon Holzer “is really skilled, but also friendly and professional, and goes out of his way to satisfy clients’ needs”. Having recently made the move from Froriep, Nicola Benz has IP commercialisation down to a T. Personable and charming, she has gained a loyal following in the technology and life sciences industries.

The WTR 1000 is the only definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and individuals in over 80 global jurisdictions and US states.

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