Firm profile submitted by Rentsch Partner AG
Chairman: Matthias Städeli
Number of partners: 8
Number of lawyers: 23
Languages: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean
RENTSCH PARTNER Ltd is a leading Swiss patent attorney and law firm, founded in 2001 and based in Zurich, with specialists in all areas of intellectual property. RENTSCH PARTNER advises national and international clients on all areas of IP law and related legal areas, including the registration and enforcement of legal rights in Switzerland and abroad. Established teams of specialists have gained unique knowledge in the field of life science and disruptive technologies (eg. blockchain, cryptocurrencies, sharing economy and crowdfunding, e-payments, internet of things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence etc.). All teams work across disciplines on the interface of technology and law.
The Firm’s Approach:
From the beginning, the company’s goal was to overcome the traditional Swiss separation of application and prosecution of industrial property rights on the one hand, and judicial and legal enforcement of industrial property rights on the other.
As the first law firm of its kind in Switzerland, RENTSCH PARTNER has, since its inception, combined the entire range of industrial property services provided by attorneys at law and patent attorneys in one legal firm using one common infrastructure.
Today, the team of RENTSCH PARTNER includes 23 attorneys at law and patent attorneys, all specialists in today’s most important fields of technology. Five partners have been elected as non-permanent judges at the Swiss Federal Patent Court, the Commercial Court of Zurich and the Federal Arbitration Board for Exploitation of Authors’ and Related Rights. A founding partner is president of the Association of Swiss Patent and Trademark Attorneys. RENTSCH PARTNER is among the few specialised law firms in Switzerland focused on IP rights that handle not only legal disputes in the field of intellectual property, but also the entire range of issues involving industrial property rights – including prosecution of national, European and international patents, designs and trademarks. Recently, the firm’s patent litigation team successfully achieved a landmark decision at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court regarding the doctrine of equivalents the field of life sciences. Since 2012 the patent litigation team of RENTSCH PARTNER has been involved in a significant number of cases at the Swiss Federal Patent Court.
Network & Services:
Zurich, with its economic and innovative strength, has offered the ideal environment for growth. With a strong base of domestic clients, RENTSCH PARTNER has been one of Switzerland’s top Patent Cooperation Treaty filers in the past years and figures among the largest Swiss filers of international trademark applications through the Madrid system. The firm can assist a wide range of companies and individuals in developing their innovative capacity and protecting their intellectual property. The attorneys at law and patent attorneys at RENTSCH PARTNER are particularly experienced in advising on strategic development of IP portfolios worldwide. RENTSCH PARTNER has professional contacts and handles cases in more than 120 jurisdictions, particularly in the field of patent and trademark law.
Trademarks, Company Names, Designs, Unfair Competition & Copyright Law:
In particular, RENTSCH PARTNER offers specialised services concerning applications and registrations for trademarks and designs. From their global experience, the attorneys have acquired special knowledge of transnational registrations and IP portfolios. Due to the firm’s integrated model – which unifies consulting, prosecution and litigation – experience gained from disputes and litigation conducted under civil law can also inform non-litigious advice on applications and strategic advice on portfolio building. Similarly, the expertise acquired during active applications and the constant maintenance of its network ensure fast action in infringement cases, not only in trademark and design law, but also in related areas such as company name disputes, unfair competition claims and copyright matters.
There are few industries in which patents play as important a role as they do in the life sciences sector. The recently established life science team of RENTSCH PARTNER provides interdisciplinary services in particular in the field of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and related technologies. The team advises and supports clients on various patent issues including litigation work, drafting and prosecution of patent applications and supplementary protection certificates, and opinions.