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Intellectual Property

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role. 

In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio.

We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute, we can guide you through the litigation process.

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CMS ad­vised Thomas Re­ister on the sale of his ma­jor­ity stake in the emo­drom...
Thomas Re­ister has sold his ma­jor­ity stake in the emo­drom Group to his co-share­hold­ers.The emo­drom Group is in­volved in the mar­ket­ing and stra­tegic de­vel­op­ment of the Hock­en­heim­ring ra­cing cir­cuit in Hock­en­heim, Baden-Württem­berg (Ger­many). The emo­drom Group sup­ports the loc­a­tion of com­pan­ies (in­clud­ing Porsche) on the ra­cing cir­cuit, es­tab­lishes its own mo­bil­ity-re­lated busi­nesses there and oth­er­wise mar­kets the ra­cing cir­cuit for events.Un­der the lead­er­ship of Thomas Re­ister, the emo­drom Group has suc­cess­fully eman­cip­ated the Hock­en­heim­ring from pure ra­cing (formerly For­mula 1) in the last 10 years, des­pite dif­fi­cult start­ing con­di­tions. In­stead of ex­clus­ively ra­cing, the Hock­en­heim­ring now of­fers a wide range of ser­vices and ex­per­i­ences re­lated to mo­bil­ity. A CMS team led by Dr Daniel Jenny provided com­pre­hens­ive leg­al ad­vice to Thomas Re­ister in con­nec­tion with the trans­ac­tion. Team­Dr Daniel Jenny, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, TaxDr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty­Dr Ferdin­and Blezinger, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AFlori­an Jung, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AT­arik Salkim, Train­ee
A piece of pat­ent his­tory has been made con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19.  A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has now...
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
COV­ID and ViCo: The End?
En­larged Board of Ap­peal de­cision G1/21 Back­ground Fol­low­ing an EPO press re­lease on 16 Ju­ly 2021, the En­larged Board of Ap­peal’s (EBA) de­cision on video­con­fer­en­cing (ViCo) was re­leased last week. We...
CJEU provides guid­ance on scope of pro­tec­tion provided by un­re­gistered...
Key Takeaways The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) handed down its judg­ment last week in a case con­cern­ing un­re­gistered Com­munity designs, Fer­rari and cus­tom­isa­tion kits. In sum­mary, the CJEU ruled that:...
CMS ad­vised Nano Di­men­sion Ltd. on the ac­quis­i­tion of ES­SEMTEC AG
Zurich, Novem­ber 2021 – A team of CMS Switzer­land and Ger­many led by Stefan Brunnsch­weiler ac­ted as Swiss leg­al coun­sel for the lis­ted com­pany Nano Di­men­sion Ltd. (NAS­DAQ: NNDM), an in­dustry lead­er in Ad­dit­ively Man­u­fac­tured Elec­tron­ics (AME) / 3D-Prin­ted Elec­tron­ics (PE), and Mi­cro Ad­dit­ive Man­u­fac­tur­ing (Mi­cro-AM), on all leg­al as­pects re­gard­ing the ac­quis­i­tion of all shares in ES­SEMTEC AG, a swiss stock cor­por­a­tion based in Aesch (Lu­cerne), Switzer­land. Sul­li­van & Worcester Tel Aviv ac­ted as Is­raeli coun­sel for Nano Di­men­sion Ltd.ES­SEMTEC's product port­fo­lio is com­prised of pro­duc­tion equip­ment for pla­cing and as­sem­bling elec­tron­ic com­pon­ents on prin­ted cir­cuit boards (PCBs). They are a lead­er in ad­apt­ive highly flex­ible sur­face mount tech­no­logy (SMT) pick-and-place equip­ment, soph­ist­ic­ated dis­penser suit­able for both high-speed and mi­cro-dis­pens­ing, and in­tel­li­gent pro­duc­tion ma­ter­i­al stor­age and lo­gist­ic sys­tem. Its products are equipped with a soph­ist­ic­ated soft­ware pack­age which makes ex­tens­ive and ef­fi­cient ma­ter­i­al man­age­ment pos­sible. CMS Switzer­land­Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Man­aging Part­ner, Glob­al Co-Head of the Cor­por­ate/M&A GroupAndrea Relly, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, TaxTho­mas Zweifel, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Real Es­tateDr Dirk Spacek, Part­ner, IP/ITAline Stef­fen, As­so­ci­ate, IP/IT­Sarah Keller, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­mentCMS Ger­manyHendrik Hirsch, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&AB­er­rit Roth-Min­gram, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&ATho­mas Ger­del, Part­ner, TaxDr Mar­tin Fried­berg, Coun­sel, Tax
Arm­chair in­ven­tions: plaus­ib­il­ity at the EPO
Will it get harder to use post-filed data at the European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO)? The is­sue of plaus­ib­il­ity has now been form­ally re­ferred to the highest ju­di­cial au­thor­ity at the EPO to cla­ri­fy the cir­cum­stances...
Trans­fer of IP rights in Switzer­land
Pat­ents: As­sign­ment 1. How may a pat­ent be as­signed (by law and/or trans­ac­tion) and is it re­quired to re­cord the as­sign­ment in the na­tion­al pat­ent re­gister to be­come ef­fect­ive?  The pat­ent, the pat­ent...
CMS ad­vised NORRES, a port­fo­lio com­pany of Tri­ton, on its ac­quis­i­tion of...
NORRES, a port­fo­lio com­pany of Tri­ton Smal­ler Mid-Cap Fund I, ac­quired the Bag­ger­man Group. The parties have agreed not to dis­close the pur­chase price.The Bag­ger­man Group, headquartered in Ro­er­mond, Neth­er­lands, is a spe­cial­ist man­u­fac­turer of in­dus­tri­al hoses, coup­lings and re­lated parts. The com­pany has sub­si­di­ar­ies in Italy, Switzer­land, Hun­gary and Ro­mania.NORRES is one of the mar­ket-lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of in­dus­tri­al plastic hoses in Europe. It has pro­duc­tion fa­cil­it­ies in Ger­many, China, the US and Italy and dis­tri­bu­tion and ware­house loc­a­tions in the Czech Re­pub­lic, France, Po­land, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK. The com­pany, foun­ded in 1889, em­ploys ap­prox­im­ately 300 people world­wide.Since Novem­ber 2018, NORRES Sch­lauch­tech­nik has been part of the port­fo­lio of the Tri­ton Smal­ler Mid-Cap Fund I ad­vised by Tri­ton, an in­vest­ment firm that in­vests primar­ily in Ger­man-speak­ing coun­tries, the Nor­d­ic coun­tries, the Be­ne­lux re­gion, France, Italy, Spain and the United King­dom in the in­dustry & tech­no­logy, ser­vices, health­care and con­sumer goods sec­tors.A team of CMS Switzer­land and CMS Italy, led by Dr Daniel Jenny, ad­vised NORRES on all Swiss and Itali­an law as­pects of the trans­ac­tion. May­er Brown, Frank­furt, ac­ted as lead coun­sel to NORRES.CMS Switzer­land­Dr Daniel Jenny, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&ADr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP­Dr Ferdin­and Blezinger, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AKatja Bertsche, As­so­ci­ate, Real Es­tate­M­ar­zia Schil­leci, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­mentCMS Ita­lyDaniela Murer, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AElsa Mora, Coun­sel, Em­ploy­mentA­less­andra Cuni, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AN­icoletta Catan­zaro, Ju­ni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&A
CMS ad­vises Renais­sance on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in bb trad­ing...
Zurich - The Renais­sance In­vest­ment Found­a­tion has be­come a long-term ma­jor­ity share­hold­er in the cap­it­al of bb trad­ing wer­beartikel ag, the lead­ing dis­trib­ut­or of pro­mo­tion­al items and cus­tom­er gifts in Switzer­land. To­geth­er with the ex­per­i­enced team and man­age­ment, Renais­sance will con­tin­ue the suc­cess story of the ser­vice and trad­ing com­pany and de­vel­op it fur­ther.A CMS team led by Alain Raemy provided com­pre­hens­ive leg­al and tax ad­vice to Renais­sance An­lages­tif­tung on this trans­ac­tion.CMS Switzer­lan­dAlain Raemy, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax­An­drea Relly, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAl­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&ADr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP / IT­Dr Miryam Meile, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment­Dr Dav­id Schuler, As­so­ci­ate, Tax
CMS ad­vises Spear­head on in­vest­ment by DEKRA
In the course of a fin­an­cing round of Spear­head AG, in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert or­gan­iz­a­tion DEKRA has in­ves­ted in the com­pany. Spear­head serves in­sur­ance com­pan­ies, vehicle fleets, and fleet op­er­at­ors with sys­tems for 100% di­git­al pro­cessing of vehicle dam­ages. Spear­head’s busi­ness mod­el fo­cuses on di­git­al pro­cesses for claims set­tle­ment, from the dam­age re­port to fi­nal claim reg­u­la­tion. A crit­ic­al com­pon­ent is a telemat­ics solu­tion, which 100% auto­mat­ic­ally cre­ates a first no­ti­fic­a­tion of loss by Spear­head after an ac­ci­dent and makes it avail­able to cus­tom­ers.DEKRA has been act­ive in the field of safety for al­most 100 years. Foun­ded in 1925 in Ber­lin as Deutscher Kraft­fahrzeug-Über­wachungs-Ver­ein e.V., it is today one of the world’s lead­ing ex­pert or­gan­iz­a­tions. DEKRA SE is a sub­si­di­ary of DEKRA e.V. and man­ages the Group’s op­er­at­ing busi­ness. In 2020, DEKRA gen­er­ated turnover totalling al­most EUR 3.2 bil­lion. The com­pany cur­rently em­ploys around 44,000 people in ap­prox­im­ately 60 coun­tries on all con­tin­ents. With qual­i­fied and in­de­pend­ent ex­pert ser­vices, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These ser­vices range from vehicle in­spec­tion and ex­pert ap­prais­als to claims ser­vices, in­dus­tri­al and build­ing in­spec­tions, safety con­sultancy, test­ing and cer­ti­fic­a­tion of products and sys­tems, as well as train­ing courses and tem­por­ary work. The vis­ion for the com­pany’s 100th birth­day in 2025 is that DEKRA will be the glob­al part­ner for a safe, se­cure, and sus­tain­able world. With a plat­in­um rat­ing from Eco­Vadis, DEKRA is now in the top one per­cent of sus­tain­able busi­nesses ranked.A team of CMS led by part­ner Dr Daniel Jenny and as­so­ci­ate Flori­an Jung ad­vised Spear­head on all leg­al mat­ters of the in­vest­ment round.CMS Switzer­land­Dr Daniel Jenny, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AFlori­an Jung, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AAndrea Relly, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AChris­ti­an Gers­bach, Part­ner, Em­ploy­ment­Sarah Keller, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment­Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP­Mark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax
3D shape of a lip­stick ac­cep­ted as an EU trade mark by the Gen­er­al Court
It is no­tori­ously dif­fi­cult to re­gister shapes as trade marks, be­cause con­sumers are not ac­cus­tomed to identi­fy­ing the ori­gin of spe­cif­ic products based on their ap­pear­ance alone without any oth­er graph­ic...