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Matthias Städeli | Rentsch Partner

Matthias Staedeli works as an attorney at law in the fields of intellectual property law. He regularly represents clients in complex litigations before courts and administrative bodies. Additionally, Matthias advises clients on the development and management of their IP-strategy, their IP rights and all related issues, including licensing and distribution.

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Philip Kerpen | Rentsch Partner

Philip Kerpen works as a patent engineer focusing on physics, semi-conductor technology and computer and information technology, especially the areas of measurement and control engineering, cryptography, artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks and blockchain.

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Patenting Tips for Swiss Startups

Posted by on 20 February 2020

In this blog, we answer some common questions and share some tips to get your patent strategy off the ground and help your startup take flight.

Topics: Intellectual Property , Artificial Intelligence

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Nicola Benz

Nicola Benz’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 Benz’s expertise covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection. Nicola Benz is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property. Chambers Europe (2018) ranked her as leader in the fields of Intellectual Property and Life Science, and she was recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Intellectual Property as well as TMT matters. She has also been named as a thought leader for data law in the publication "Who's Who Legal 2018". 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. Since 2017 she has been 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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Andrea Trost

Andrea Trost's practice focuses on banking & finance and on corporate and commercial transactions. She also advises on employment law and data protection matters. She joined our London office as an associate in 2017. Prior to joining Froriep she trained with a business law firm in Zurich and worked in the compliance department of a commercial bank. She graduated from the University of Zurich and earned an LL.M. in international finance law from King's College London in 2015. She was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2017 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2019. Her working languages are German and English and she has a good command of French.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Future Workplace – a Chance or a Danger?

Posted by on 4 February 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already started to revolutionise workplaces and is affecting both employers and employees in many ways. The purpose of this blog post is to provide an overview of some of the workplace areas which are significantly impacted by AI, from recruitment through performance assessment to remote working and robotics, and to set out the benefits as well as some potential dangers connected with each of them.

Topics: Employment , Disruptive Technologies , Artificial Intelligence

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Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Lucien is a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic criminal, commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. Lucien is well known for his expertise in the field of appealing arbitration awards to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Lucien assists damaged civil parties in criminal proceedings and he is active in relation to the enforcement of foreign judgements as well as in big complex cross boarder litigation including protection and recovery of funds, including enforcement of state debts. Lucien is also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Lucien has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in various fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters. Lucien has published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures widely.He obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich in 1990 and gained a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich in 1998 with a thesis on the jurisdiction of courts at the place of performance of an obligation under the Lugano and Brussels Conventions. (He graduated with the distinction summa cum laude and the Professor Walther Hug-Preis Schweiz, awarded for outstanding theses graded with the highest possible mark by a Swiss law school.) He has worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich, the Court of Appeal of the Canton of Zurich and at the Court of Cassation of the Canton of Zurich. His working languages are German, English, Italian and French.Lucien is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA). He is, president of the Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP) and president of the World Association of Icehockey Players’ Unions (WAIPU) as well as a Member of the Association Internationale des Avocats de Football (AIAF). He is a board member of FIFPro (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels) and FIFPro Division Europe, and member of the Employment Law Alliance, the Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI) and the Swiss-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Camera di Commercio Italiana per la Svizzera). Lucien is a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.

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Important Victory for Footballers in Turkey before the European Court of Human Rights | Arbitration Committee of the Turkish Football Federation considered not independent and impartial

Posted by on 28 January 2020

In today's Chamber judgement in the case of Ali Riza and Others v, Turkey concerning football disputes the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair hearing) of the European Convention on Human Rights on account of the lack of independence and impartiality of the body, the Arbitration Committee of the Turkish Football Federation ("the TFF"), which had decided on disputes concerning Ömer Riza, a professional football player and Serkan Akal, a referee.

Topics: Arbitration , Litigation , Sports Law

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Daisy Vacher

Daisy Vacher's work focuses on matters of Swiss immigration and the procurement of work permits for companies wanting to employ foreign nationals in Switzerland. Before joining Froriep as an attorney, Daisy Vacher spent three years working for Fragomen Global Immigration Services in Zurich. Before that she was an associate attorney with Izaguirre Law in Colorado Springs, USA. In 2006 she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arizona followed by her Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2011. Later that same year she was admitted to the Colorado Bar. She is a native English speaker and has a good command of German, Spanish, French and Italian.

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Cornelia Mattig

Cornelia Mattig specialises in data protection and intellectual property law, as well as corporate and commercial law issues. Cornelia Mattig joined Froriep as an associate in 2018. Before joining Froriep, Cornelia Mattig trained with firms in Ireland, Germany and Switzerland as well as at the District Court of March in the Canton of Schwyz. After she passed the Bar exam in the Canton of Schwyz, she worked as a notary public and lawyer in an accounting and auditing firm. She graduated from the University of Zurich with a Master of Law (Business Law) in 2014 before obtaining her LL.M. in European Law at Queen Mary University of London in 2017. She was admitted to the Bar in 2018. She also holds a Data Protection Officer Certificate from the University of Maastricht. Her working languages are German and English.

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FRORIEP NexGen Incubator

Legal services have been provided in the same way for a very long time. The legal industry has not been subject to major disruption so far, so legal service providers have not been forced to change. As a result, the provision of legal services can appear old-fashioned and archaic. This situation has inspired a group of next generation professionals to establish the FRORIEP NexGen Incubator with the mission to deliver creative and innovative legal solutions to address unmet needs. The vision is to delight people while helping them to realise their goals. The FRORIEP NexGen Incubator is not just a lab where things are tested, but rather an active venture that strives to deliver on-point solutions in an innovative way.

Now or never - legal pitfalls to avoid when launching a business

Posted by on 10 January 2020

In this episode of LexCast hosted by Froriep, Pascal Mathis and Alex Stöckl of Wingman Ventures, a company helping start-ups to build successful companies, chat with us about their experience with new companies.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial

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Nicola Benz

Nicola Benz’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 Benz’s expertise covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection. Nicola Benz is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property. Chambers Europe (2018) ranked her as leader in the fields of Intellectual Property and Life Science, and she was recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Intellectual Property as well as TMT matters. She has also been named as a thought leader for data law in the publication "Who's Who Legal 2018". 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. Since 2017 she has been 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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Cornelia Mattig

Cornelia Mattig specialises in data protection and intellectual property law, as well as corporate and commercial law issues. Cornelia Mattig joined Froriep as an associate in 2018. Before joining Froriep, Cornelia Mattig trained with firms in Ireland, Germany and Switzerland as well as at the District Court of March in the Canton of Schwyz. After she passed the Bar exam in the Canton of Schwyz, she worked as a notary public and lawyer in an accounting and auditing firm. She graduated from the University of Zurich with a Master of Law (Business Law) in 2014 before obtaining her LL.M. in European Law at Queen Mary University of London in 2017. She was admitted to the Bar in 2018. She also holds a Data Protection Officer Certificate from the University of Maastricht. Her working languages are German and English.

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Is there a new chapter for the EU and its data transfer rules on the horizon?

Posted by on 19 December 2019

Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, has brought yet another data protection case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The outcome of this case will be decisive for everyone who transfers data to non-EU countries. The decision in the case has the potential to force a wide range of businesses to make huge changes in their data management.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Data Protection , Intellectual Property

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