Intellectual Property

Protection of intellectual property is crucial to stay competitive.

Economic success increasingly depends on the ability to protect and enforce intellectual property rights. This requires specific expertise, experience and access to an international network.

At Bär & Karrer, we advise our clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property related matters. These include the filing and prosecution of trademark and design applications and the representation of clients in all kind of intellectual property related proceedings before courts and administrative authorities in Switzerland, including the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, the Federal Patent Court, the Federal Administrative Court and the Swiss Supreme Court, as well as in international arbitrations involving intellectual property issues.

Our services also include the handling of transactions involving intellectual property rights, including the drafting and negotiation of technology transfers, licensing, collaboration, research & development, joint venture, franchising and similar agreements as well as IP due diligence in the context of M&A transactions.

Extensive expertise on a broad scale

Our clients include domestic and foreign corporations from start-ups to large multinational groups and we have a strong focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, machinery, telecom, information technology, sports, textile, luxury goods and financial services sectors. Our excellent working relationship with intellectual property experts in other jurisdictions also allows us to act as a single point of contact for our clients' needs at an international level.

The areas of our intellectual property practice include:

  • Intellectual property and IT-related litigations and arbitrations
  • Advising on and implementing international protection strategies in the field of trademarks and designs
  • Technology transfer, licensing and other transactions involving intellectual property rights
  • Drafting and negotiating software and other IT agreements as well as outsourcing contracts
  • IP support in connection with M&A transactions, including due diligence

Excellent practice.

Client in Legal 500 2017

Working with Bär & Karrer was very easy and productive. The team is very responsive and approachable.

Legal 500 2021

Very good strategic consulting, very hands on and responsive.

Legal 500 2021

Very experienced in IP litigation.

Legal 500 2020

profound business understanding and very pragmatic approach.

Client in Chambers Europe 2020

Always keeps the client’s needs in view

Legal 500 2020

Offer perfect service delivery: reliable, on time and business-minded.

Interviewee in Chambers Europe 2020

Very responsive and gives great advice.

Chambers Europe 2019

Solid reputation for high-profile IP transactions at both a domestic and international level.

Chambers Europe 2016

Everybody was excellent, and even the younger lawyers participated and were extremely well prepared.

Client in Chambers Europe 2016

Business-oriented: they don't just provide the legal point of view but see the economic impact of every decision.

Client in Chambers Europe 2017

Highly valuable and straight to the point legal advice.

Client in IFLR 1000 2016

Excellent practice.

Client in Legal 500 2017

Working with Bär & Karrer was very easy and productive. The team is very responsive and approachable.

Legal 500 2021

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