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Intellectual Property

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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.

Our specialist lawyers in 41 countries and 72 offices, understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

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CMS ad­vises Gay­doul Group on the sale of Navy­boot
CMS ad­vises Gay­doul Group on the sale of the Navy­boot trade­marks and cer­tain of the Swiss Navy­boot boutiques and out­lets The de­part­ment store group Glo­bus, which is part of the Mig­ros Group, ac­quires...

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15 January 2021
CMS ad­vises Deka on the ac­quis­i­tion of Pic­t­et's headquar­ters in Geneva
Zurich, 14 Janu­ary 2021 / Deka Im­mob­i­li­en has ob­tained a pur­chase con­tract for an of­fice build­ing in Geneva as part of a sale and lease­back trans­ac­tion with the private bank Pic­t­et & Cie Sa. The ac­quis­i­tion...
22 December 2020
CMS ad­vises GIA In­form­atik on the ac­quis­i­tion of Avec­tris
GIA In­form­atik AG with re­gistered of­fice in Of­trin­gen has ac­quired 100% of the shares in Avec­tris AG with re­gistered of­fice in Baden from its pre­vi­ous share­hold­ers (Axpo Hold­ing AG, Elektriz­ität­swerke...
15 December 2020
Five years after Hua­wei ZTE FRAND li­cens­ing ob­lig­a­tions again be­fore the...
On 26 Novem­ber 2020, the Düs­sel­dorf Re­gion­al Court an­nounced that it would sus­pend a pat­ent in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ing and refer key ques­tions on com­puls­ory li­cens­ing of stand­ard es­sen­tial pat­ents (SEP)...
04 December 2020
CMS ad­vises the share­hold­ers of AS­SEPRO AG and its man­age­ment on the sale...
Zurich – The European Private-Equity com­pany EMZ Part­ners has entered in­to a bind­ing share pur­chase agree­ment to ac­quire the ma­jor­ity in AS­SEPRO, headquartered in Pfäf­fikon, Switzer­land. In ad­di­tion...
01 December 2020
EPO pri­or­ity claim en­ti­tle­ment – the “same ap­plic­ants” ap­proach up­held
In a Press Com­mu­niqué dated 6 Novem­ber 2020, the EPO sum­mar­ises the Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal 3.3.08 writ­ten de­cision re­cently is­sued in case T 844/18 con­firm­ing the re­voc­a­tion of a pat­ent re­lated to...
05 November 2020
Swiss courts con­firm high threshold to evid­ence no­tori­ety of trade­marks...
The Swiss Fed­er­al Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court con­firmed in two re­cent de­cisions con­cern­ing trade­marks in the food sec­tor the high threshold to evid­ence no­tori­ety of trade­marks. In the first case, the own­er...
29 October 2020
EU Gen­er­al Court cla­ri­fies in­ter­pret­a­tion of “sat­is­fact­ory meth­od” in the...
In the re­cent case of Me­dac Gesell­schaft für klin­is­che Spezi­al­prä­par­ate mbH v European Com­mis­sion, the EU Gen­er­al Court has an­nulled a de­cision of the European Com­mis­sion in which it held that the ap­plic­ant’s...
28 October 2020
New EPO Guidelines ex­pec­ted re­gard­ing amend­ing a de­scrip­tion: what’s all...
Sum­mary The EPO re­quire­ment to amend the de­scrip­tion to con­form with al­lowed claims is chan­ging sig­ni­fic­antly. Ex­am­iners have already been giv­en in­tern­al guid­ance and re­vi­sions to the EPO Guidelines...
08 October 2020
Ger­many tries again to rat­i­fy Uni­fied Pat­ent Court-Agree­ment
A bill for ap­prov­al of the Agree­ment on the Uni­fied Pat­ent Court (UPCA), le­gis­la­tion that would al­low Ger­many to rat­i­fy this con­ven­tion and to par­ti­cip­ate in this in­ter­na­tion­al pat­ent court sys­tem, was...
28 September 2020
High Court con­firms that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines...
The High Court has con­firmed that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines is not pat­entable. The de­cision po­ten­tially leaves the door open for hu­man own­ers of AI ma­chines to list them­selves as...
21 September 2020
Lex­o­logy GT­DT - Pat­ents 2020 (Switzer­land)
Pat­ent law pro­tects in­ven­tions and gives in­vent­ors the right to ex­clus­ively use, li­cense and mar­ket their in­ven­tions. Pat­ents are a re­ward and in­cent­ive for re­search and de­vel­op­ment in all fields of tech­no­logy...
21 September 2020
MESSI vs. MASSI – Li­onel takes three points be­fore the CJEU
On Thursday 17 Septem­ber 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on handed down its judg­ment in a trade mark dis­pute dat­ing back to 2011 in­volving Li­onel Messi, the icon­ic FC Bar­celona foot­baller...