Partner - Meyerlustenberger Lachenal
Simon Holzer is a member of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal's IP team, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Swiss IP teams by the most influential legal guides.
Mr Holzer has experience in all areas of IP law, including trademarks, patents, designs, copyright, unfair competition and freeloading issues. He has been involved in several high-profile trademark disputes that have led to landmark decisions, including a case that, for the first time in Switzerland, raised the issue of whether a letter of the alphabet can be protected as a trademark. Mr Holzer is also active in the field of geographical indications as it relates to IP issues, and has provided extensive expert opinions on this subject to the Swiss authorities.
Mr Holzer is an experienced patent litigator, heading Meyerlustenberger Lachenal's patent and life sciences team. He has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and international patent disputes extending across a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and medical devices. He also consults for international pharmaceutical companies on a wide array of drug-related issues, such as marketing authorisation procedures and regulatory data protection.
In 2010 the Swiss Parliament elected Mr Holzer as an adjunct judge of the new Swiss Patent Court. This new court has jurisdiction over all patent disputes in Switzerland.
Mr Holzer has published widely in legal literature. He has authored a number of books and articles, including the standard reference on the protection of geographical indications in Switzerland, which has been routinely quoted and cited with approval by Swiss courts, including the Supreme Court. Mr Holzer also appears regularly as a speaker on IP symposiums and at conferences.