We are competent in the field of Patents, Trademarks and Designs and we develop appropriate IP-Strategies for the needs of our clients. To enable our clients to achieve their goals in an effective and efficient manner, we pursue a thorough analysis in each case, we propose proactive solutions which we communicate in a concise manner.

USA: Unenforceability of the Patent due to inequitable conduct (CAFC, Regeneron v. Merus)

If during the examination the Applicant withholds any relevant document from the Examiner in the intent to deceive the Patent Office, then this is inequitable conduct and results in the patent being unenforceable. The intent to deceive does not have to be proved directly, but it can be derived from the circumstances. Thus, even a misconduct in the patent litigation can be a sufficient indication for the intent to deceive in the earlier examination proceedings. [more]


Brand Strategy China – 2017 (Shanghai)

Anyone who works in an internationally open industry and does not keep an eye on the latest developments in China in his activities risks missing out on effective protection. Long before you consider using suppliers from China or even entering the Chinese market, you have to be careful and plan your protection. [more]


EU: No trademark protection for technical Elements (ECJ – Yoshida Metal Ind.)

Marks are usually characters or images, but they can also be characterized by a three-dimensional shape, e.g. the form of a product. However, in order to ensure that product shapes with a purely technical effect cannot be monopolized by means of a 3D mark, such forms of goods are excluded from protection. Even brands, which at first sight appear like a two-dimensional pattern, cannot be protected if there is a technical function behind it. [more]


Your Objectives

Do you have an innovative project that has a competitive edge? Do you want to develop and protect your branding? Are you looking for advanced strategies in using industrial property rights? Or do you have to defend yourself against an alleged infringement?

Our Services

We asses the protectability of inventions, trademarks and designs, we analyse infringement risks. We draw up comprehensive patent applications and propose filing strategies that are effective but still affordable. We govern examination and registration proceedings with the assistance of our international network of excellent Patent attorneys. read more...

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Patent and Trademark law require a high degree of specialisation. Our 8 patent attorneys have university degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Mathematics and cover a wide spread field of technical expertise. We have a long standing experience in all questions relating to patent, trademark and design rights. Our two full-fledged offices in Bern and Winterthur/Zurich enable us to serve you at your preferred location, offering all type of professional and administrative support.

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