Further Activities

We are committed to the future of intellectual property law

Protection of Intellectual Property is your future as well as ours. Therefore it is our prime concern that this field, as well as the people in the field, develop continually. To this end, we invest valuable time in supporting various organisations and sponsor relevant activities.

From 1998 to 2006, Vincenzo M. Pedrazzini had served as Secretary General of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). It is the prime objective of this globally most important association in our field of practice (with more than 8000 members in more than 100 countries) to harmonize and propagate Intellectual Property Law worldwide. The resulted contacts to international organizations like WIPO, WTO or EPO, as well as meetings with professionals from all over the world give us a first-hand insight into all conceptual and legal developments in the field of Intellectual Property.

We are active in professional associations like the Association of Swiss Patent and Trademark Attorneys (ASPTA popu: yes), the Association of European and Swiss Patent Attorneys in Private Practice (VESPA) and the Examination Chamber in order to further the profession and to ensure a conscientious exercise of the profession of a patent attorney by adhering to a professional code of conduct.

The importance of Intellectual Property Rights in a global environment is constantly increasing, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Nevertheless, only about a third of the Swiss SMEs invest into Intellectual Property Rights. Therefore, we regularly publish articles about topics of current interest in professional journals, economic magazines and newspapers, and we help spread the knowledge about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights. In addition, we actively support seminars of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (the Swiss Patent and Trademark Office, IGE) by providing our specialists as speakers. Furthermore, our law firm participates in the consulting network relating to the SME IP-project, in the framework of which small and medium-sized enterprises are provided with a free, maximally 45 minutes long oral initial counseling concerning patent and software protection. Within the scope of the Innosuisse coaching project we provide counseling in the area of intellectual property right.

Not only our own training and professional development is important to us, but also the advancement of the next generation of professionals. Our specialists serve as lecturers and tutors at institutions like the University of St. Gallen, the CEIPI program of the University Robert Schuman Strasbourg or the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) Winterthur. In addition, Michael Liebetanz was acting for 12 years as member of an Examination Committee for the European Qualifying Examination for the representation of applicants before the European Patent Office.