Nicholas Studler

Head of Intellectual Property at Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Nicholas Studler is responsible for all IP and marketing legal issues of the Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG group of companies, including well-known chocolate brands such as Lindt, Ghirardelli, Caffarel, Russell Stover and Whitman’s. He specialises in trademarks, designs, copyrights, domain names, anti-counterfeiting, licensing and food labelling.

Mr Studler has successfully reorganised Lindt & Sprüngli’s IP department, implemented and rolled-out an IP and document management database, insourced prosecution and renewal work, created new workflows and optimised existing processes and procedures. Further, he has established a sustainable relationship with marketing and management teams in a cross-functional and multi-geographic organisation.

Mr Studler has been responsible for developing, implementing and enforcing trademark, domain as well as brand and design strategies and standards for Lindt & Sprüngli. In addition, he has successful lead and handled numerous high-profile IP court litigation cases and IP due diligence projects. He has also achieved significant efficiency gains and cost reductions throughout the company’s IP department, while increasing service levels and client satisfaction.

Mr Studler has received the following awards and special recognition during his career:

  • 2016 Association of Corporate Counsel/International Law Office European Counsel Award for the best in-house Intellectual Property Team;
  • 2016 and 2018 World Trademark Review Industry Award for the best in-house Intellectual Property Team in the category “Food, Beverages and Tobacco”; and
  • 2018 Leaders League IP & Innovation Forum Award for best in-house Intellectual Property Team in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

Professional associations

  • Chocosuisse
  • INTA


  • Food/beverage

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Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

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