Partner at BianchiSchwald LLC
Christoph Gasser (Dr iur summa cum laude from Bern University and LLM from the University of Michigan) is a partner in the Zurich office of BianchiSchwald LLC and head of the firm’s IP department. His practice includes litigation and advice in all fields of intellectual property, including the prosecution and enforcement of trademark, design, copyright, domain name and unfair competition matters and the enforcement of patents – in particular in the mechanical and pharmaceutical areas. He also advises on commercial contracts such as distribution and licensing agreements, R&D cooperation and franchising.
Dr Gasser has acted as trial counsel and litigated IP cases before numerous cantonal courts and arbitration panels, including the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, the Swiss Federal Patent Court and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, as well as Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy proceedings.
Dr Gasser’s clients include international and domestic corporations, such as leading providers of medical devices, supplies and pharmaceuticals, toy manufacturers, companies in the railway, motorcycle, furniture and building industries, and multinational manufacturers and service providers active in healthcare, flow control, security, electronics, telecommunications and tourism. He also advises and represents advertising agencies and major producers and retailers in the food, clothing and consumer electronics sectors.
Dr Gasser is the executive secretary of the Institute for Intellectual Property (INGRES), the Swiss IP association, which organises several major annual IP law conferences on Swiss and European law. INGRES publishes a monthly periodical on IP law and advises the Swiss government on legislative projects. Dr Gasser has published substantial contributions to leading Swiss and international treatises on trademark, patent, copyright and design law.
Dr Gasser is an adjunct judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court. He has also lectured on trademark and copyright law at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He teaches IP and unfair competition law at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Bern and serves as an expert examiner for the Swiss Patent Bar examination.