The IP team of valfor covers all fields of intellectual property law, namely patent, trademark and design, copyright law, including related practices such as know-how protection, trade secrets and unfair competition. The team advises clients and collaborates with other teams at valfor. It is also regularly involved in pre-contentious work and represents clients in IP litigations. Sectors served by our IP practice extend from traditional industries such as machinery, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics or financial services to information technology, telecommunications, the computing industry, media, biotech, medtech, cleantech and further advanced and emerging technologies. We have been a driving force in advising on business transactions related to the Internet and have actively assisted our clients in a wide range of activities involving the use of IP on the Internet. The IP team also offers administrative services such as trademark and design applications and portfolio management. In addition, the IP team manages large trademark, design and domain name portfolios.

Core Expertise

  • Representing clients in IP cases before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, the Federal Patent Court, the Federal Administrative Court and cantonal courts across the country
  • Representing clients in IP-related international arbitration
  • Advising on commercial transactions such as licensing, franchising and joint ventures
  • Handling R&D cooperation agreements and technology transfer issues
  • Conducting IP due diligence in M&A matters
  • Assessing IP aspects of new business models
  • Advising companies on trademarks, company names and domain names
  • Advising on geographical indications and Swissness
  • Handling trademark, design and domain name portfolio prosecution and management
  • Advising on copyrights, advertising and entertainment law
  • Assisting clients in IP-related matters regarding sponsorship, franchising, licenses and distributorships
  • Protecting clients against counterfeiting
We are now valfor

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the merger of BianchiSchwald, GHR Rechtsanwälte and PYTHON.

From July 1, 2024, we will operate as valfor. valfor stands for our continued commitment and our joint endeavor to offer our clients real added value – value beyond legal advice.

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