Given the number of major pharmaceutical companies headquartered in Switzerland, it is unsurprising that there is thriving licensing activity in the life sciences sector; but the telecommunications industry is also a healthy source of work. However, much activity has gone in-house and Switzerland itself is not a key forum for the commercialisation of IP among patent-owning companies. This makes for a small market of high-quality IP practitioners, most of whom handle licensing issues when they spin out of disputes or corporate activity.
As counsel to a number of established and start-up Swiss pharmaceutical companies, this group is well positioned to meet the licensing needs of clients at the cutting edge of their sectors; this often involves settlement negotiations following litigation. Markus Wang is a highly regarded practitioner who counts licensing among his many areas of IP expertise.Froriep Renggli
This full service firm offers licensing advice and representation to a broad cross-section of clients, including software and financial indexing companies. The acclaimed Nicola Benz boasts the greatest level of specialisation in licensing and has recently been focusing her attention on transactions involving medical devices.Homburger AG
“Clearly a leader for high-end deals”, this firm has a significant presence in the marketplace and fields a deeply resourced team handling licensing matters, often as part of settlement negotiations following patent litigation. It has also played a prominent role in a number of important IT and software licensing projects. Andri Hess brings “the major advantage of great technical knowledge” to bear on technology litigation and subsequent licensing, which forms a significant part of his practice. Georg Rauber is “known to everyone, experienced and highly skilled, and works on a wide variety of matters”.Lenz & Staehelin
Lenz & Staehelin is a recogised market leader; “one of Switzerland’s major IP forces”, it has significant expertise in patent licensing. Thierry Calame is a high-profile figure in the Swiss IP market, with a practice extending into licensing; he is renowned for his “extremely deft handling of transactional issues”.Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law
With a healthy stable of UK and US clients, this practice has a distinct international flavour. Its corporate and litigation teams generate related licensing mandates for the IP group, which has recently assisted players in the retail, biotech, transport and IT fields. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is “highly active for international clients” and has proven herself “excellent” at dealing with complex issues.