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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
<em­phas­is role="strong">CMS ad­vises Gay­doul Group on the sale of the Navy­boot trade­marks and cer­tain of the Swiss Navy­boot boutiques and out­lets</em­phas­is>The de­part­ment store group Glo­bus, which is part of the Mig­ros Group, ac­quires the renowned shoe and fash­ion brand Navy­boot and a large part of the Swiss Navy­boot boutiques and out­lets with ef­fect as of 1 Janu­ary 2019.Glo­bus and Navy­boot were in busi­ness re­la­tion­ship for many years pri­or to this trans­ac­tion. By way of ac­quir­ing the cloth­ing com­pany Schild in 2013, the Glo­bus Group has been a li­censee of products from the wo­men's and men's out­er­wear brand Navy­boot for some time. By adding shoes and leath­er goods to its fash­ion col­lec­tions, Glo­bus aims to fur­ther strengthen the brand and ex­pand its range.A team of CMS Switzer­land lead by part­ner Stephan Wer­len ad­vised Gay­doul Group on leg­al mat­ters of the trans­ac­tion. CMS Switzer­land Dr Stephan Wer­len, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&A Pas­cal Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&A Dr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Rights Sarah Keller, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment For more in­form­a­tion, please vis­it:Gay­doul Group


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24 April 2020
CMS again achieves top po­s­i­tions in BIL­ANZ / Le Temps rank­ing 2020
The best law­yers in Switzer­land 2020 were se­lec­ted by the busi­ness magazine BIL­ANZ.
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's Im­pact on IP Leg­al Tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
26 May 2020
European Com­mis­sion must ad­dress in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty and AI
The Com­mit­tee on Leg­al Af­fairs (JURI) of the European Par­lia­ment has pub­lished three draft re­ports re­lat­ing to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI). This note is about the draft re­port on in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty...
15 April 2020
New rank­ings from "The Leg­al 500" for CMS Switzer­land
30 April 2019
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Post BEPS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Tax­a­tion
Com­par­is­on between the dif­fer­ent IP boxes
26 May 2020
European Pat­ent Of­fice COV­ID-19 pro­vi­sions - as at 25 May 2020
The EPO has re­cently is­sued fur­ther in­form­a­tion re­gard­ing or­al pro­ceed­ings be­fore ex­am­in­a­tion and op­pos­i­tion di­vi­sions and be­fore the Boards of Ap­peal. This art­icle sum­mar­ises all of the EPO’s COV­ID-19...
06 April 2020
CMS ad­vised Har­ald Quandt In­dus­trieb­eteili­gun­gen GmbH
An in­ter­na­tion­al team of CMS Switzer­land, Ger­many, France and Spain as well as Nix­on Pe­abody LLP (USA) un­der the lead of Alain Raemy (CMS Switzer­land) has ad­vised Har­ald Quandt In­dus­trieb­eteili­gun­gen GmbH, a Ger­man prin­cip­al in­vest­ment firm of the fam­ily
20 May 2020
Use of product pic­tures in ad­vert­ise­ment un­der re­vised Swiss copy­right...
On 1 April 2020, the Swiss Copy­right Act ("CopA") was re­vised to ad­apt Swiss copy­right law to the new di­git­al age. One of the of­ten-high­lighted changes is the ab­ol­ish­ment of the high threshold for the...
31 March 2020
CMS ad­vises Halder on the ac­quis­i­tion of Sirag, Univer and Uni­prod
A team from CMS Switzer­land, led by part­ner Stephan Wer­len, ad­vised Halder on all leg­al mat­ters of the trans­ac­tion.
19 May 2020
High Court rul­ing con­firms SkyKick in­fringed Sky’s trade marks
On 29 April 2020, Lord Justice Arnold handed down his judg­ment in the High Court in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ings in Sky Plc v Skykick UK Ltd [2020] EWHC 990 (Ch).  The de­cision ap­plies the CJEU’s guid­ance...
05 February 2020
CMS ad­vises CTS EVEN­TIM on the ac­quisiton of ma­jor­ity stakes in Gad­get...
CTS EVEN­TIM, a lead­ing in­ter­na­tion­al tick­et­ing and live en­ter­tain­ment pro­vider, in­tens­i­fies its in­volve­ment in Switzer­land's live events sec­tor and ex­pands its busi­ness by ac­quir­ing 60% of the shares in Gad­get En­ter­tain­ment AG, Zurich (Gad­get En­ter­tain­men
19 May 2020
Not Pat­entable – The end of the line for plants and an­im­als pro­duced by...
The highest ju­di­cial au­thor­ity at the EPO is­sued their opin­ion late last week in the con­tro­ver­sial G3/19 (Pep­per) case. Con­trary to pre­vi­ous de­cisions in G2/12 and G2/13 (To­mato/Broc­coli), the En­larged...