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Our Intellectual Property expertise

We support companies from a wide range of industries in protecting and defending their intellectual assets on a national and international stage.

We have expertise in transactional, advisory, contentious and non-contentious work. We have extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law including licensing, commercialisation, sale and securitisation of IP rights protection and defense of IP rights, unfair competition, and the protection of know-how and business secrets. We also advise on patent prosecution, IP antirust risks, protecting trademarks, designs, and domain names. We remain at the forefront of current legal and market developments, allowing us to offer our clients efficient and practical solutions that are optimally tailored to their specific requirements and business strategy.

As part of an integrated full service firm, we work closely with other practice areas to offer comprehensive advice. Working with our Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, Technology and Banking, Finance & Regulatory teams, we excel in advising on the intellectual property aspects of complex cross-border transactions and licensing and partnering transactions.

Highlights:

  • Actelion in the USD 30 bn takeover of Actelion by Johnson & Johnson and the demerger and spin-off to shareholders of Actelion’s drug discovery and early clinical development business
  • Procter & Gamble in various matters concerning intellectual property and unfair competition law
  • Chr. Hansen Holding A/S in its 50:50 joint venture with Lonza AG
  • ASSA ABLOY AB on matters in connection with its acquisition of a 54% controlling stake in agta record ag
  • Navistar International Corporation on Swiss law aspects of a framework agreement for strategic technology and supply collaboration with Volkswagen Truck & Bus
  • Thomson Reuters with regard to its trademark strategy, trademark applications and the administration of its existing trademarks, trademark infringement matters, disputes, settlement agreements
  • Capvis with its rebranding in a number of jurisdictions

Deals & Cases

22.01.2024

Demathieu Bard acquires Steiner Construction SA

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05.01.2024

Transgourmet Switzerland acquires POMONA SUISSE

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11.04.2023

Ascend Capital Partners leads NanoFlex Robotics’ series A investment round

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Awards & Rankings

09.08.2023

NKF recognised as highly recommended firm for IP Transactions by IP Stars 2023 – Switzerland

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16.06.2023

NKF recognised as “Law Firm of the Year” for Mergers and Acquisitions Law by Best Lawyers/…

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04.08.2022

NKF recognised as Highly Recommended Firm for IP Transactions by IP Stars 2022 – Switzerland

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Firm News

01.01.2011

Niederer Kraft Frey appoints two new Partners and welcomes Prof. Dr. Rolf Sethe as new Of Counsel

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Publications

01.07.2022

Mediation bei IP-Streitigkeiten? Konfliktlösung statt “Recht haben” im IP-Bereich, 2022

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21.07.2015

Immaterialgüterrecht Textausgabe 2015

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01.11.2014

Optimierung des Urheberrechtsschutzes

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Speaking Engagements

30.11.2021

Mediation bei IP- Streitigkeiten? Clara-Ann Gordon

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25.08.2017

Stärken und Risiken der Bekanntheit von Marken

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30.06.2011

Praxis des Immaterialgüterrechts in der Schweiz, Kennzeichenrecht

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