Dr. Guillaume Fournier
Dr. Guillaume Fournier

Dr. Guillaume Fournier

Partner, Zurich/Lausanne

Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
T +41 58 552 03 10
guillaume.fournier@mll-legal.com

Profile

Guillaume Fournier is a partner with MLL Legal and co-head of the firm’s trademark and design group. His practice encompasses all aspects of IP law, with a focus on IP litigation and arbitration, trademark and design prosecution and contractual and commercial intellectual property. He has extensive experience in litigating IP (both technical and non-technical) as well as commercial cases in both the French and German-speaking parts of Switzerland. Having taken care of clients’ IP issues in China for a long time and practised in China for a year, he regularly advises rights holders on China-related IP and anti-counterfeiting strategies (both inbound and outbound). Over the years, he has developed a special expertise on strategies to fight product piracy on a multijurisdictional level.

Guillaume Fournier also regularly advises on IP and competition issues related to R&D, product development as well as distribution agreements. His clients are active in a wide range of industries, including luxury goods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, furniture, technology, automotive and wine. Before joining MLL Legal in 2005, Guillaume Fournier spent several years with the Swiss Intellectual Property Office in Bern. He is president of the AROPI, the Swiss French-speaking intellectual property association and as such, involved in many of the major developments of IP law in Switzerland. He is also lecturer for the Swiss patent attorneys’ preparation course.




Industry Groups


Rankings & Awards

WTR 1000 2022 - Guillaume FournierBest LawyersWTR 1000, 2021Chambers Practice Guide Trade Marks 2022Chambers GLobal Practice Guides Trade Marks 2021 - Switzerland
  • “Guillaume is a high-calibre all-rounder” – World Trademark Review, 2022
  • “Guillaume Fournier is extremely reactive and constructive in his advice, and his analysis is always practical and of great value. He cultivates a pleasant working relationship too” – World Trademark Review, 2021

Deals & Cases

  • Obtained more than 1 Million EURO in damages and the destruction of over 30’000 counterfeited products in several customs seizing proceedings over the past two years
  • Coordinated several judicial and administrative actions in China for a Swiss cosmetics producer against counterfeiters until they agree to cease and desist and cleared the market
  • Advises the largest wine producer in Switzerland on trademark and design protection worldwide

Education & Admission

  • University of Fribourg, Dr. iur. (2009)
  • Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (2007)
  • University of Fribourg, Free University of Berlin, lic. iur. (2000)

Memberships and public offices

  • AROPI – Association romande de propriété intellectuelle (president)
  • Swiss Institute for IP rights (INGRES)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • AIPPI – The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

Languages

  • German
  • French
  • English

Assistant

“Guillaume is a high-calibre all-rounder”

World Trademark Review, 2022
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Publications

Trade Marks 2022 – Switzerland

Chambers and Partners, Global Practice Guides, Trade Marks 2022, 1st March 2022
  • EN

Trade Marks 2021 – Switzerland

Chambers & Partners, Trade Marks 2021 Global Practice Guide, Switzerland Law and Practice, p. 251-267, 25th February 2021
  • EN

Les particularités du droit de la propriété intellectuelle en Suisse

Journal des Sociétés N°157. Dossier spécial: Regards croisés en droit européen sur l’actualité de la propriété intellectuelle, novembre 2017
  • FR

Designs: A Global Guide 2016

World Trademark Review, November 2015
  • EN