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Froriep Blog Posts for Topic Intellectual Property

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James Merz

James Merz' 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 Merz 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 Merz graduated in law and economics from the University of St Gall 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). His working languages are German and English, and he has a good knowledge of French. James Merz is a member of both the Zurich and Swiss Bar associations and the Institute for the Protection of Industrial Property (INGRES).

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A checklist for registering geographical names as trademarks in Switzerland

Posted by on 11 October 2016

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 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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Csilla Horber

Csilla Horber joined Froriep as a trainee lawyer in October 2018. Before joining the firm, she was a graduate research and teaching assistant at the Centre of Comparative, European and International Law of the University of Lausanne, where she worked on her Ph.D. Thesis in international intellectual property law. Csilla Horber holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Lausanne and a Master of European and International Law from the University of Bern. In 2017, she obtained her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Legal Professions at the University of Geneva. Her working languages are French, English, Hungarian and German. Csilla Horber has not yet been admitted to the Bar.

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Panama, Its Canal and Counterfeit Trade

Posted by on 22 December 2015

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.

Topics: Intellectual Property

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