Dr. Simon Holzer
Dr. Simon Holzer

Dr. Simon Holzer

Partner, Zurich

Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
T +41 58 552 03 20


Simon Holzer is a member of MLL Legal’s IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by peers and clients, and heads the firm’s Patent and Life Sciences team. He has extensive experience in all areas of IP law, with a focus on patents, trademarks, geographical indications and unfair competition. Simon Holzer is also a trusted advisor in the field of pharmaceutical regulatory law and competition law.

Simon Holzer is an experienced IP practitioner across a wide range of industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications (including Standard-Essential Patents and FRAND cases), software, cosmetics and foodstuffs.

In 2010 the Swiss Parliament appointed Simon Holzer as an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. This court has jurisdiction over patent disputes throughout Switzerland.

Simon Holzer is praised by clients and peers as a “skilled and driven individual” and “a leader in the contentious sphere” who is “top-ranked by peers” within the “excellent” and “high-flying” IP team of MLL Legal. According to clients, Simon Holzer is particularly well versed in the areas of patents and pharma and clients highlight his “in-depth technical understanding”. Other sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert” and a “superstar in patent litigation” as well as a “pleasure to work with”.

Rankings & Awards

Leaders League Ranked Firm 2023Best Lawyers 2023 Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers 2023IP Stars IP Star 2022Legal 500 EMEA Leading Individual 2022Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2022IAM Patent 2022 Recommended IndividualChambers Europe 2022 Simon HolzerWorldtrademarkreview, 2022 Simon HolzerChambers Patent Litigation Global Practice Guide 2022 Switzerland Trends & DevelopmentChambers Practice Guide Trade Marks 2022WWL Thought Leader Switzerland 2021 Client Choice Awards 2021Chambers Europe 2021 Simon HolzerThe Legal 500 leading individual SImon HolzerIAM Global Leaders Simon Holzer
  • “Simon is an excellent litigator with a good knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector” – Chambers and Partners, Patent Litigation, 2022
  • Simon Holzer is widely endorsed as “one of the best and biggest names in the field”, with sources adding, “He is a brilliant patent lawyer” – Who’s Who Legal, National Leader Patents, 2022
  • “Simon Holzer is a go-to IP practitioner in the Swiss market, who excels at advising life sciences clients in complex trademark matters” – Who’s Who Legal, National Leader Life Sciences, 2022
  • “Simon Holzer is a brilliant legal mind and an absolute pleasure to work with. Very experienced practitioner whom we trust wholly” – Legal 500 EMEA, Healthcare and Life Sciences, 2022
  • The “brilliant” Simon Holzer ranks highly among peers who herald him as “one of the best” in patent litigation spanning standard-essential patents and FRAND disputes – Who’s Who Legal, Global Leader Patents, 2022
  • “Simon Holzer is highly sought after by clients from the life sciences and telecoms sector thanks to his profound expertise in international IP law” – Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leader Global Elite Patents, 2022
  • “Simon Holzer is an impressive practitioner who comes highly recommended by peers for his outstanding work in complex trademark and patent law issues” – Who’s Who Legal, Global Leader Trademarks, 2022
  • “Simon Holzer is a really impressive lawyer who leads an excellent team (Louisa Galbraith and others) and has consistently delivered outstanding results. He is highly skilled and experienced and immediately gives the impression that the case is in good hands. He is enthusiastic and quick to get up to speed with the details of the case. He delivers clear, concise and commercial advice and has always been a pleasure to work with” – Legal 500 EMEA, Healthcare and Life Sciences, 2022
  • “Immensely experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic, Simon always works really hard, stays calm under pressure and produces excellent results” – IAM Patent 1000, 2022
  • “Simon Holzer is really skilled, but also friendly and professional, and goes out of his way to satisfy clients’ needs” – World Trademark Review, 2021
  • Simon Holzer consistently produces “excellent patents work” and is widely regarded as a leading figure in the Swiss life sciences sector – Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leader Life Sciences, 2021
  • Simon Holzer won the award in the category “Intellectual Property – Patents” – Client Choice Awards 2021
  • “Simon Holzer is an excellent lawyer for complex litigation and contract matters. Able to give very well thought out, pragmatic and focused advice on complex patent / trade mark / geographical indications matters” – Legal 500 EMEA, Intellectual Property, 2021

Deals & Cases

  • Successfully represented Cocoa Luxury, a Swiss chocolate company based in Zug, in PI proceedings against Kraft Foods’ 3D TOBLERONE trademark and claims under the Unfair Competition Act
  • Successfully represented Lipomed AG and Lipomed GmbH in patent opposition proceedings before the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office and coordinating international patent litigation concerning the clients’ deferiprone business
  • Advised Shinsegae International, South-Korea, in its acquisition of a group of Swiss based companies active in the luxury cosmetic industry
  • Successfully enforced Gilead’s SPC for the combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxile in groundbreaking litigation before the Swiss Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court
  • Represented the U.S. owner of several standard essential patents in two parallel patent litigation proceedings before the Federal Patent Court and in FRAND negotiations

Education & Admission

  • Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (2005)
  • University of Berne, Dr. iur. (2004)
  • University of Berne, lic. iur. (1998)

Memberships and public offices

  • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Swiss Institute for IP rights (INGRES)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • IP practice group of Zurich Bar Association
  • IP practice group of Bernese Bar Association


  • German
  • English
  • French

Simon Holzer won the award in the category “Intellectual Property

Patents” - Client Choice Awards 2021
More by Simon Holzer


The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides 2022 – Switzerland: Patent Litigation

The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides 2022, November 2022
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The Food, Beverage and Cosmetics Law Review: Switzerland 2022

The Law Reviews, Edition 2, 13 October 2022
  • EN

Pharmaceutical Test Data Exclusivity: Switzerland

Pharmaceutical Test Data Exclusivity: A Multi-Jurisdictional Survey, AIPPI Law Series, Volume 7, 2022 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands, p. 97-103, August 2022
  • EN

Trade Secret Protection: A Global Guide, Second Edition

Globe Law and Business Ltd, June 2022
  • EN