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Dany Vogel | Rentsch Partner

Dany Vogel works as a patent attorney focusing on electrical, computer and information technologies. He has particular expertise in computer software which covers a broad spectrum including telecommunications, digital signal, image and information processing, medical and control engineering, cryptography, Blockchain, Fintech, and computer-implemented business methods.

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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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How to Protect your AI Innovations with a Patent: Updated EPO Guidelines

Posted by on 10 October 2019

Software has become ubiquitous: it has reached almost all areas of industry and commerce. Artificial intelligence and machine learning in particular are game-changers – fueled by more data and faster hardware they show no signs of slowing down. Ever increasingly it is the software component of products and services which plays the decisive role in determining their success. In fact, a strong integration of software into your products can end up changing your business model.

The purpose of this blog post is to go through the part of the updated Guidelines of the European Patent Office (EPO) which relate to artificial intelligence and machine learning. The updated Guidelines will come into effect on the 1 November 2019 and they will be used by the EPO during the examination of patent applications. It is also our aim to bring across the basics of patenting AI inventions with some practical tips and strategies.

Topics: Intellectual Property

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Polia Rusca

Polia Rusca's practice focuses on litigation matters and employment law. Before joining us, Polia Rusca was a trainee lawyer with a business law firm in Zurich and also worked at the district court of Horgen. She studied at the University of Zurich and graduated with Master of Laws in 2013. She was admitted to the Bar in 2016. Her working languages are German and English.

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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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Trends in HR from a legal perspective

Posted by on 8 October 2019

Work relationships are changing significantly so that we may even speak of an HR transformation. 

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Employment

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Dunja Koch

Dunja Koch has expertise in all aspects of corporate and finance law, advising mainly UK and US clients with regard to Switzerland. She is the managing partner of the London office. She joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on corporate and M&A deals, as well as leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, but also project, commodity and asset finance matters, including aircraft finance. Here, she acts on behalf of aircraft manufacturers, banks and leasing companies in relation to the Swiss aspects of acquisition of aircraft and engines. Her practice further covers regulatory matters, where she advises asset managers, funds, securities dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their cross-border activities in Switzerland. The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2018 recommended her as a top foreign lawyer in London. Chambers Global (2019) ranked her as leader in the fields of Banking & Finance (Switzerland) and Banking & Finance (UK). She was also specifically recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Transport Law matters and named one of IFLR1000’s Women Leaders- an elite cohort of the 300 leading female transactional experts in local markets globally. She is the only practitioner from Switzerland to be featured in the guide. Dunja Koch holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a LL.M. from Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified in Geneva in 1997 and in England and Wales in 1999. She speaks German, French, English and Italian. She is registered on the roll of attorneys in Zurich and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Association Suisse de Droit Aérien et Spatial and the Aviation Club of the UK.

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FRORIEP rankings released by IFLR1000 Guide 2020

Posted by on 7 October 2019

We are pleased to announce that FRORIEP has been named as a "Recommended Firm" and two partners have been recognised as "Highly Regarded" leading lawyers in the IFLR1000 Guide 2020.  

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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Jean Marguerat

Jean Marguerat has experience across all areas of dispute resolution, with particular expertise in international arbitration and in international litigation. Jean Marguerat is one of the authors of the Commentary on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. Jean Marguerat has been a Partner in our Geneva office since 2010. Jean Marguerat’s practice focuses on international arbitration, litigation and contract law. Jean Marguerat has experience as party counsel and as arbitrator in more than 80 institutional (ICC, SCAI, LCIA, VIAC, CAS, etc.) and ad hoc international arbitrations involving sale of goods and commodities, distribution and agency, construction, marine works, joint ventures, corporate transactions and sport related matters. He also regularly represents clients before the Swiss courts in all fields of commercial disputes and notably those in relation to arbitration (enforcement and challenge of arbitral awards). His activity includes recognition & enforcement proceedings (including attachments) and international legal assistance. Jean Marguerat studied at the Universities of Basel and Neuchâtel (lic. iur. 1996) and, after being admitted to the bar in Berne (1999), at the University of Cambridge (LL.M. 2000 - British Chevening Scholar). Joining our firm in 2003, he also worked in business law firms both in Barcelona (2000-2002) and London (2007-2008). Jean Marguerat regularly publishes and speaks in the field of inter-national arbitration. His working languages are French, English, Spanish and German. Jean Marguerat is a member of the following professional associations: Geneva and Swiss Bar Association, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA), Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS).

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Tomás Navarro Blakemore

Tomás Navarro Blakemore's work focuses on domestic and international arbitration and litigation. He also advises private clients as well as non-profit organisations and social enterprises on structuring, tax advice and governance. In particular, Tomás Navarro Blakemore has been involved as counsel, arbitrator and secretary to the arbitrator in several commercial and investment arbitration proceedings under the ICC, UNCITRAL, CAS, Swiss and ICSID Rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings related to construction, distribution, corporate and sport related matters. He studied law and political science at the University of Granada (2011) with exchanges at the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Geneva and was admitted to the Spanish Bar in 2013. He also holds an LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) from the University of Geneva and the Geneva Graduate Institute (2015). Previously, Tomás Navarro Blakemore has worked as an intern at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and as a consultant for Destination Justice, a non-profit law, governance and development organisation based in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Before joining Froriep in October 2015, he also interned for a renowned international arbitrator in Switzerland. He is dual-qualified in Spain and Switzerland, being a member of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM) as well as the Geneva Bar Association (OdA) and is an active member of various associations such as the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Below 40, the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA-40) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Swiss Chapter of the CEA. His working languages are French, English and Spanish.

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It's all about the money: practical tips in securing third-party funding

Posted by on 2 October 2019

Want to know how third-party funding works and how to best maximise your options in securing third-party funding in case of a dispute? This blog post provides you with an overview on third-party funding in Switzerland as well as practical tips when applying for third-party funding.

Topics: Arbitration

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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment vehicles, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of various com-panies, some of which are in the financial services sector. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients and investment companies on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She furthermore has considerable experience in acquisition and financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange. Chambers Europe and Chambers Global have identified her as a Recognised Practitioner in the field of banking and finance, where clients have commended her client orientation. She is also ranked as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 guide for financial services regulatory and M&A. Catrina obtained her law degree from the University of Zurich in 1991 and was admitted to the Zur-ich Bar in 1995. She gained her PhD in 2004. Her working languages are German, English and French. She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Pacific Bar Association.

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Ronald Kogens

Ronald Kogens’s practice is focused on disruptive technologies. He advises Swiss and international clients as well as public entities in corporate and technology-related transactions. Ronald Kogens has in-depth knowledge of IP/IT law, in particular licensing of IP-rights, IP-transaction, financial market and contract law. He is an expert in the field of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies and crypto-tokens. He joined Froriep in 2017 as an associate and became partner in July 2019. Before that he worked for a major global consulting firm. He was also part of the legal counsel team of a public listed pharmaceutical company at the headquarters in Switzerland and worked for its subsidiary in the United States. Ronald Kogens graduated in law from the University of Lucerne in 2011 and was admitted to the St. Gallen Bar in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in business law from the Chapman University, California, United States. His working languages are German and English.

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Qualification of LIBRA under Swiss Financial Market Laws - FINMA publishes 'stable coin' guidelines

Posted by on 11 September 2019

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA (FINMA) published a supplementary guideline to the ICO guidelines February 16, 2019, where FINMA outlines on how it treats so-called ‘stable coins’ under Swiss financial market law. In addition, FINMA provides an indication on how it will apply the financial market laws to Libra, the crypto project initiated by Facebook.  

Topics: Banking & Finance , Capital Markets , Disruptive Technologies

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