Patent Attorney / European Patent Attorney / Managing Partner

Michael Liebetanz

Dipl. Phys., MLP-HSG

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Patent Attorney / European Patent Attorney / Managing Partner

Michael Liebetanz

Dipl. Phys., MLP-HSG

Professional Training

  • Studies of Physics in Bonn; Germany, and Toulouse, France, Licence-ès-sciences from University Paul-Sabatier (1983) and Diploma in Physics from Rheinisch-Westfälischer Friedrich-Wilhelms University (1987)
  • Admitted as German Patent Attorney between 1991 and 1997
  • European Patent Attorney since 1992
  • MLP-HSG (2009)
  • Entry in the Swiss Patent Attorney Register (2011)
  • Languages: German, English and French

Experience

  • Patent Attorney trainee with a patent law firm in Freiburg, Germany (1988 to 1990), with the German Patent Office and the Federal Patent Court in Munich and the Court Mannheim (1990 to 1991)
  • German Patent Attorney in Freiburg, Germany (1991 to 1997)
  • Joined Isler & Pedrazzini AG in 1997, Head of the Patent Department (2000 to 2015)
  • Member of the Examination Committee for the European Qualifying Exam (1998 to 2009)
  • Partner of Isler & Pedrazzini AG since 2002
  • Substitute member of the epi-council for Switzerland (2005 to 2011)
  • Member of the board of the epi-council for Switzerland (since 2011)
  • Substitute member of the epi Professional Qualification Committee (2005 to 2014)
  • Member of the epi Disciplinary Committee (2008 to 2011)
  • Deputy Secretary General of epi (2011 to 2014)
  • Member of the Committee on EPO Finances (since 2014)
  • Managing Partner of Isler & Pedrazzini AG since 2016
  • Member of eSACEPO (E-Patent Process sub-committee) (2016 to 2017)

Areas of Practice

  • Patents, designs and opinions

Publications

  • Schonzeit für ältere Rechte in der Schweiz, sic! 7-8/2013, S. 428 ff. (mit Simon Strässle)
  • Warum man dem Register des europäischen Patentamtes nicht uneingeschränkt Glauben schenken darf, epi Information, 1/2013 (mit Simon Strässle)
  • Zur neuen Praxis von Veröffentlichungen nach Revision des Bundesgesetzes über die Erfindungspatente, sic! 9/2008, S. 669 ff.
  • Entwarnung: Keine Erschöpfung des Prioritätsrechts, sic! 9/2005, S. 698 ff. (mit Tobias Bremi)
  • No exhaustion of priority rights!? epi Information 4/2005, S. 139 (mit Tobias Bremi)
  • Kann man ein Prioritätsrecht "verbrauchen"? Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte 4/2004, S. 148 ff. (mit Tobias Bremi)
  • Handbücher für die Anwaltspraxis, Schweizerisches und europäisches Patentrecht, Patentanmeldung, Basel 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Privileged? Confidential? Umgang mit heikler Kommunikation zu Schutzrechten aus patentanwaltlicher Sicht at the LES-CH expert conference from April 18, 2018
  • Presentation of Resolution "Quantification of financial compensation" at the "AIPPI Q&A for the 2017 Sydney Congress", Zurich November 23, 2017
  • Presentation of the General Stream of the FICPI Forum in St. Petersburg 2016 as part of the VSP autumn meeting from November 18, 2016
  • Session 8.3 Non-Lawyer Ownership of IP Firms at the FICPI 16th Open Forum, St Petersburg October 07, 2016
  • Die Zukunft der Kommunikation mit dem EPA - Segen oder Fluch? at the VESPA General Assembly, Berne May 20, 2016
  • Session 8.1 Investing in IT at the "Management Bootcamp" at the FICPI 15th Open Forum in Capetown April 15, 2015
  • Das Europäische Einheitspatent „Auswirkungen auf Schweizer KMUs und Patentanwälte“ VESPA Seminar May 24, 2013
  • Patente – Schutz oder Preisgabe at the Seminar Wirtschaftskriminalität of the VDI Bodensee December 08, 2011
  • Dessins et Modèles Protection contre les contrefaçons – Approche comparative – le droit allemand, LES Lausanne, October 31, 2006
  • Le rôle d’un ingénieur-conseil pour les PME, Université de Fribourg, December 17, 2002

Memberships

  • AIPPI
  • epi
  • FICPI
  • LES
  • VESPA
  • VSP