IP | IT

Our IP | IT Team provides support in litigation, prosecution proceedings and transactions in all areas of intellectual property, media, IT and privacy|data protection. We are fascinated by technology and support enterprises and entrepreneurs with all aspects of technological change.



Representation Before Courts and Authorities

We represent clients before courts and authorities in proceedings relating to intellectual property and matters with a particular focus on technology. Our core competencies include:


  • General disputes on validity and enforcement of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights, software or business secrets
  • Disputes about IT matters (such as rights in proprietary software, software development and distribution, use of open source products, integration projects or outsourcing)
  • Disputes about licensing and technology transfer especially in pharmaceutical, life sciences, health, IT, energy, automotive industry as well as automation and robotics sectors
  • Disputes about rights in major events and sponsoring, especially in sports
  • Disputes about protection of business secrets
  • Support in proceedings before registration authorities (Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, IGE) and regulatory agencies (BAKOM, ComCom, Swissmedic, Federal Health Agency, Federal Data Protection Officer) and – in cooperation with our corresponding law firms – before foreign authorities in these areas.


IP and IT Strategy and Transaction Advice

We advise our clients on IP strategies and all intellectual property topics in a transactional environment. In addition, we provide support with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of transactions over IP rights. This includes, in particular:


  • Development and implementation of strategies to safeguard business models by way of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights or regulatory instruments
  • Transfer and licensing of IP rights
  • Franchising, sponsoring, setup and implementation of distribution systems
  • R&D cooperations and joint ventures
  • IP aspects in M&A and capital market transactions
  • IP due diligence and audits of all kinds


Transaction Advice in IT, Telecommunication and Media

We support our clients with qualified technical know-how in all types of transactions with a focus on IT, telecommunications and media. We are committed to bringing transactions success even in difficult circumstances, and have long-standing experience in the following fields:


  • IT projects (development of software, integration and migration projects, outsourcing)
  • IT carve-out and carve-in
  • Licensing and distribution of software and data
  • Financing transactions in IT, telecommunication and media start-ups
  • Transactions concerning media and marketing rights for major events and sponsoring in sports (especially soccer, ice hockey, alpine skiing and Formula One)


Privacy | Data Protection

Our team advises comprehensively on Swiss and EU data protection law and represents clients in proceedings before data protection authorities and courts. Our services include the following:


  • Development and implementation of strategies to ensure data protection in companies
  • Support in internal investigations into incidents of relevance to data protection law and representation before authorities in investigations and proceedings
  • Advice on international transfers of data and data management schemes
  • Representation in data protection litigation before courts
  • Support of data protection officers in companies