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Froriep Blog Posts for Topic Intellectual Property

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Frédéric Serra

Frédéric’s practice focuses mainly on intellectual property, new technologies and commercial transactions. Frédéric has been a partner at our Geneva office since 2011. He is a highly experienced litigation lawyer in all fields of intellectual property, including unfair competition, and has extensive experience in complex non-contentious intellectual property matters. He advises on licence and assignment agreements, film production agreements, sponsorship, endorsement and product-placement agreements, IT-related transactions, research collaborations, development contracts and technology transfers.

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Talia Wigger

Talia joined us as a trainee lawyer in March 2016. At the same time, she is working on her PhD in intellectual property at Geneva and Fribourg universities. Her Bachelor of Laws, with the bilingual distinction French–German, is from the University of Fribourg. She obtained her Master of Laws through an exchange programme at King’s College London (CTLS), and has worked as a research assistant at the University of Fribourg and as a teaching assistant at the University of Geneva. Talia’s mother tongues are French and Hebrew. She is fluent in English, German, Swiss-German and Spanish, and is learning Russian and Swedish.

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Swissness : Improved Protection of Swiss Branding

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 2:39:48 PM

In a society where the origin of products is decisive, Switzerland enjoys an excellent reputation which extends far beyond its borders. For this reason, "Swiss made" is a guarantee of tradition, quality and exclusivity. It is therefore not surprising that the products associated with Switzerland possess a certain prestige and renown that directly influence the decisions of consumers.

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James Merz

James's practice focuses on intellectual property law, IT, technology and data-protection law, unfair competition law and civil litigation in these fields. He also advises on commercial and contract law. Prior to joining Froriep in 2015, James spent two years as an associate at a law firm in Zurich. He trained with the Commercial Court of the Canton of Aargau and a law firm in Zurich.James graduated in law and economics from the University of St Gallen in 2010 and was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2012. In 2015 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in intellectual property law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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A checklist for registering geographical names as trademarks in Switzerland

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 2:09:33 PM

Geographical names can be a great source of inspiration for new trademarks. Well-known trademarks that consist of or have been inspired by geographical names include, for example, "Montblanc" or "Maui Jim".

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Nicola Benz

Nicola’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. She assists technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. Nicola’s expertise, gathered both as an external counsel and through in-house secondments, covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial con-tracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection. Nicola is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property in professional publications and listings such as iam250 and Chambers Europe. Born in Scotland, Nicola obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997. She joined our firm as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2010. In 2017 she was elected as the managing partner of our firm. Her working languages are English and German. Nicola is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Technology Law Association (iTechLaw).

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Panama, Its Canal and Counterfeit Trade

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 6:35:00 PM

Panama is synonymous with its Canal and the Canal dominates much of the discussion in Panama, as I learnt at the International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting I recently attended in Panama City. One particularly interesting discussion that I participated in revolved around the trade in counterfeit goods through the Canal.

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