Dr. Simon Holzer
Dr. Simon Holzer

Dr. Simon Holzer

Partner, Zürich

Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zürich | Schweiz
Schiffbaustrasse 2 | Postfach | CH-8031 Zürich | Schweiz
T +41 58 552 03 20
simon.holzer@mll-legal.com

Profil

Simon Holzer ist Mitglied des IP-Teams bei MLL Legal, das von Kollegen und Mandanten regelmässig als eines der besten Schweizer IP-Teams angesehen wird. Er leitet das Patent- und Life-Science-Team der Kanzlei. Er verfügt über weitreichende Erfahrung in allen Bereichen des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes, wobei sein Schwerpunkt auf dem Patentrecht, Markenrecht, geografischen Herkunftsangaben und unlauterem Wettbewerb liegt. Simon Holzer ist zudem ein versierter Berater im Bereich des Arzneimittelrechts.

Simon Holzer vefügt über grosse Erfahrung in verschiedenen Branchen und Technologien, insbesondere in den Bereichen Pharma und Arzneimittel, Medizinprodukte, Telekommunikation (einschliesslich standardessentieller Patente und FRAND-Lizenzen), Software, Kosmetik und Lebensmittel.

Im Jahr 2010 ernannte das Schweizer Parlament Simon Holzer zum nebenamtlichen Richter des schweizerischen Bundespatentgerichtes. Dieses Gericht ist für Patentstreitigkeiten in der gesamten Schweiz zuständig.

Neben seiner Tätigkeit als Anwalt und als nebenamtlicher Richter hat Simon Holzer auch einen Lehrauftrag für Immaterialgüterrecht an der Universität Zürich.

Simon Holzer wird von Mandanten und Kollegen als „kompetenter und engagierter Anwalt“ und als „einer der führenden Köpfe im IP-Rechtsbereich“ gelobt. Er hält laut Kollegen eine Spitzenposition im „exzellenten“ und „hochrangigen“ IP-Team von MLL Legal inne. Nach Angaben von Mandanten ist Simon Holzer besonders versiert im Umgang mit Patenten sowie Pharma, und Mandanten heben besonders sein „ausgeprägtes technisches Know-how“ hervor. Andere Quellen beschreiben Simon Holzer als einen „bedeutenden Experten für Life Sciences“ und einen „Superstar in Patentstreitigkeiten“ und empfinden „die Zusammenarbeit mit ihm als besonders angenehm“.





Auszeichnungen

IP Stars IP Star 2024Managing IP EMEA 2024 Practitioner of the YearLegal 500 EMEA Leading Individual 2024Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2024Chambers Europe 2023 Simon HolzerChambers Patent Litigation Global Practice Guide 2024 Switzerland Trends & DevelopmentWTR 1000 Simon Holzer 2024Best Lawyers Simon Holzer 2024IP Stars IP Star 2023Legal 500 EMEA Leading Individual 2023Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2023Chambers and Partners Practice Guide Trade Marks 2023Chambers Europe 2023 Simon HolzerWTR 1000 Simon Holzer 2023Leaders League Ranked Firm 2023Best Lawyers 2023 Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers 2023 Recognized inIP Stars IP Star 2022Chambers Europe 2022 Simon HolzerLegal 500 EMEA Leading Individual 2022Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2022IAM Patent 2022 Recommended IndividualWorldtrademarkreview, 2022 Simon HolzerChambers Patent Litigation Global Practice Guide 2022 Switzerland Trends & DevelopmentChambers Practice Guide Trade Marks 2022Best Lawyers 2022 Recognized inChambers Europe 2021 Simon HolzerLegal 500 EMEA Leading Individual Simon Holzer 2021Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2021WWL Thought Leader Switzerland 2021 Chambers Europe 2020 Simon HolzerLegal 500 EMEA Leading Individual Simon Holzer 2020Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2020Best Lawyers 2020 Recognized inLegal 500 EMEA Leading Individual Simon Holzer 2019Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2019Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer 2018
  • «Simon Holzer is one of the leading Swiss IP/patents practitioners. He is always calm and measured, and very responsive when needed. He is very easy to work with and he provides excellent legal and commercial advice. I would highly recommend him. Louisa Galbraith is a rising star» Legal 500 EMEA, Healthcare and Life Sciences, 2024
  • «The team around Simon Holzer is one of the best to advise on patent matters in Switzerland, especially in the life sciences field. Ulrike Ciesla and Kilian Schärli are also outstanding. They are always great to work with in pan-European litigation projects» – Legal 500 EMEA, Healthcare and Life Sciences, 2024
  • «Well-rounded practitioner Simon Holzer is a highly strategic thinker who handles major prosecution projects with a deft touch and has a talent for crafting bullet-proof arguments in opposition proceedings as well as in the courtroom» –  World Trademark Review 1000, 2024
  • «Simon Holzer is simply excellent. Seamless cooperation, technical excellence, a strategic approach and being great to work with are just a few of the great characteristics of Holzer. A creative legal mind, he is happy to think about new strategies and adjust his work, even under time constraints» – IAM Patent 1000, 2023
  • «Mr. Simon Holzer is a gifted lawyer for litigation in the field of intellectual property. In addition to his comprehensive and above-average professional knowledge, he has a great deal of experience in his field. He knows how to win cases in favor of his clients through creativity and unconventional ideas. His pleadings are an exceptionally good mixture of thoughtful technical presentation as well as subliminally aggressive style, which convince the court. Last but not least, he knows how to gather a young and dedicated team around him, which is hungry to win cases» – Legal 500 EMEA, Intellectual Property, 2023
  • «Impressed by Simon Holzer’s knowledge in the field of Swiss regulatory law as well as regulatory law in general. He was extremely responsive and diligent in his work and very nice to communicate with. Whenever I will have a question related to Swiss regulatory law, I will first reach out to him» – Legal 500 EMEA, Intellectual Property, 2023
  • «Simon Holzer – a great strategist and tactician. He communicates effectively and precisely. Unflappable under pressure. Very sound advice taking into account practical implications and commercial imperatives» – Legal 500 EMEA, Healthcare and Life Sciences, 2023
  • «Simon Holzer is a first-rate lawyer with very strong technical and interpersonal skills» – Legal 500 EMEA, Healthcare and Life Sciences, 2023
  • «He is one of the top patent litigators in Switzerland. He’s fantastic and I would recommend him to anybody» – Chambers and Partners Europe, Life Sciences: Patent Litigation, 2023
  • «He is a very reliable and great team player. His pleading in court was very focused and very impressive» – Chambers and Partners Europe, Life Sciences: Patent Litigation, 2023
  • «He is very accessible, commercial and pragmatic» – Chambers and Partners Europe, Life Sciences: Patent Litigation, 2023
  • «He was very responsive, and the advice was provided in a very timely manner» – Chambers and Partners Europe, IP, 2023
  • «Simon is unbelievably client-oriented and a friendly, reliable professional, who is very prompt in his responses. He thinks outside the box and has exceptionally strong analytical and strategic skills» – World Trademark Review 1000, 2023
  • «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 1000, 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 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

  • Erfolgreiche Vertretung von Cocoa Luxury, einem Schweizer Schokoladeunternehmen mit Sitz in Zug, in einem Verfahren um Erlass vorsorglicher Massnahmen betreffend die 3D Marke TOBLERONE von Kraft Foods und Ansprüche nach dem Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb
  • Erfolgreiche Vertretung der Lipomed AG und der Lipomed GmbH in einem Patenteinspruchsverfahren vor der Beschwerdekammer des Europäischen Patentamts und Koordination der internationalen Patentstreitigkeiten betreffend das Deferipron-Geschäft der Klienten
  • Vertretung der Shinsegae International, Südkorea, bei der Übernahme von einer in der Schweiz ansässigen Unternehmensgruppe, die in der Luxus-Kosmetikindustrie tätig ist
  • Erfolgreiche Verteidigung und Durchsetzung des ESZ von Gilead für die Kombination von Emtricitabin und Tenofovirdisoproxil in zwei richtungsweisenden Verfahren vor dem Bundespatentgericht und dem schweizerischen Bundesgerichts
  • Vertretung eines US-Inhabers von standardessentiellen Patenten in zwei parallelen Patentstreitverfahren vor dem Bundespatentgericht und in FRAND-Verhandlungen

Ausbildung

  • Anwaltszulassung für die Schweiz (2005)
  • Universität Bern, Dr. iur. (2004)
  • Gerichtsschreiber in der Justiz des Kantons Bern (2000–2001)
  • Universität Bern, lic. iur. (1998)

Mitgliedschaften

  • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Schweizer Institut für den gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (INGRES)
  • Zürcher Anwaltsverband (ZAV)
  • IP-Praxisgruppe des Zürcher Anwaltsverbands
  • IP-Praxisgruppe des Berner Anwaltsverbands

Sprachen

  • Deutsch
  • Englisch
  • Französisch


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«He is very accessible, commercial and pragmatic»

Chambers and Partners Europe, Life Sciences: Patent Litigation, 2023