Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Intellectual Property Department

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Our Intellectual Property Group focuses on litigation and arbitration of intellectual property and licensing disputes. Alongside this, the IP team is active in complex licensing deals and major transactional matters, often in combination with the firm’s M&A team. The IP team works across a wide range of sectors and has particular industry expertise in the life sciences and luxury goods sectors.

We represent clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings that involve:

  • Validity and infringement of patents, trademarks, copyrights and designs
  • Matters relating to know-how protection, unfair competition and domain names
  • Disputes arising out of licensing, R&D, technology transfer, franchising, distribution and sponsorship agreements

We also assist clients in the following areas:

  • Drafting and negotiating licensing, R&D, technology transfer, franchising and distribution agreements
  • Conduct of IP due diligence and drafting of IP transfer agreements
  • Advice on intellectual property and know-how issues and strategies
  • Advice in the fields of media, sponsorship and advertising law
  • Advice on regulatory matters and competition law

We have significant expertise in the following industry sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices
  • Consumer and luxury goods
  • Automotive and mechanical industry
  • Chemicals
  • Internet
  • Electronics
  • Restaurant and hotel franchising
  • Telecommunication and digital network providers


Automobiles & Parts


Consumer Product Manufacturing

Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Health Care


Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences


Software & Computer Services


Technology, Hardware & Electronics