Intellectual property

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Intellectual property and industrial property rights belong to the longest-standing areas of expertise of our law firm. With the topic of franchising, our law firm has anchored its points of focus on industrial property rights. Our clients place their trust in our expertise in the areas of trademark, design, patent and copyright law as well as competition and license law.

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Trademark law

Intellectual property and industrial property rights are the two areas in which our firm excels. Franchising allows our law firm to focus on industrial property rights. Our clients place their trust in our expertise in the areas of trademark, design, patent and copyright law as well as competition and licensing law.
Operating in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland, we provide support in domestic and international trademark law. In addition to domestic trademarks, we also protect EU-wide European Union trademarks and international registrations (IR trademarks). If legally required, we can also draw on the support of experienced trademark law experts in other countries. As a member of the INTA (International Trademark Association), we consult with a global network of specialized attorneys. We also assist with the purchase and/or sale of trademarks, conduct negotiations and draft contracts.

To avoid conflicts over third party rights, a trademark application must be to be researched and verified with care. We assist our clients with strategic selection, registration, management and enforcement. In the event of infringements, we provide companies with professional representation before all trademark and patent offices as well as the competent co

Our trademark practice offers all the essential services:

  • Clearance and registration searches to check for pre-existing registered rights
  • Preparation and filing of all registration and post-registration documents for domestic filing in the Principality of Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria as well as in the EU and internationally
  • Re-examination and court appeals in the event of rejections
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Prosecution of trademark infringements and copyright protection notices as well as rights management and temporary injunctions
  • Renewals, changes of applicants or registrants’ names, addresses, mergers, etc.
  • Monitoring the use of trademarks by company employees, partners and vendors
  • Providing counsel on the proper use of trademarks in advertising and packaging
  • Providing advice about, drafting, negotiating and documenting trademark licensing, agreements and assignments
  • Handling appeals to the Swiss, Austrian and Liechtenstein Trademark Office
  • Representing clients in litigation and other proceedings involving trademarks
  • Assisting with and advising on trademark transactions
  • Providing advice about and defending against warning notices
  • Representing clients before the Swiss, Liechtenstein and Austrian Trademark Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and other institutions (e.g. WIPO)
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Coco Chanel

Designs

A registered design constitutes an industrial property right for product, illustration, textile or fashion design, as well as for furniture and jewelry. It relates to the visual appearance (industrial coloration and configuration) and also protects the design of packaging and products. Our law firm can assist you in verifying whether a design can be protected, determining whether there is a pending application and registration, and defending a registered design against legal infringements by third pa

We offer a full range of services to protect your design, including:

  • Protecting registered designs and prototypes
  • Developing strategies for industrial property rights
  • Design registrations
  • Registering design
  • Submitting design licensing agreements
  • Prosecuting design infringements
  • Drawing up and submitting cease and desist orders and claims for damages
  • Issuing warning letters and temporary injunctions
  • Defending against unwarranted warning letters
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Steve Jobs

Patents

With respect to the protection of patents, we support our clients with the administration of their industrial property rights portfolio, the configuration of licensing agreements, the transfer of industrial property rights and the defense of patents and registered designs.

In the event of infringements of patents, we provide our clients with professional representation before trademark and patent offices and courts in Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Europe. When time is of the essence, we can also issue interim injunctions including, if necessary, at weekends to prevent the use of registered trademarks at a trade show, for example

Our services

  • Drafting, filing and prosecuting patents
  • Developing strategies for industrial property rights
  • Providing patent utilization consulting services
  • Licensing patents
  • Transferring patents
  • Providing rights management
  • Protecting employee inventions
  • Prosecuting patent infringements
  • Conducting opposition proceedings
  • Conducting invalidity proceedings
  • Carrying out authorization enquiries
  • Drawing up and submitting warning letters
  • Requesting interim injunctions
  • Defending against offensive action
  • Representing clients before the Swiss, Liechtenstein and Austrian Trademark Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and other institutions (such as WIPO)

Copyright

We represent and assist our clients with copyright matters both in and out of court. We create, verify and assess licensing agreements and provide advice on the structuring of contracts to avoid subsequent conflicts occurring from the outset. In today’s world of emerging technologies, copyright law has become more complex than ever. Therefore, the judicial assertion of performance protection and copyright as well as the defense of unauthorized claims and the submission of temporary injunctions are critical.

Our expertise allows us to provide our clients with assistance in the following areas:

  • Verifying copyrights
  • Developing protective strategies
  • Filing original works
  • Drawing up licensing agreements
  • Managing rights
  • Structuring contracts
  • Prosecuting copyright infringements
  • Issuing warning letters and temporary injunctions
  • Drawing up and submitting cease and desist orders and claims for damages
  • Defending against unwarranted warning letters
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