Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is one of the most reputable international business law firms in Switzerland. Its over 110 experienced and dynamic lawyers form a strong team of specialists that stand for innovative and solution-focused services. With offices in Zurich, Geneva, Zug and Lausanne, the firm is present in the key Swiss economic centres. MLL also has a China desk, a Latin American desk and a Turkey desk for clients with interests involving these regions. The firm advises discerning clients on all issues relating to national and international commercial law and represents their interests before all Swiss courts and authorities, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Dedicated full-service IP practice

MLL brings talent, expertise and solution-based teamwork to all IP issues. The members of the IP team rank among the leaders in IP law and have vast experience, primarily in Swiss but also in EU and German law. The firm’s IP specialists have extensive and wide-ranging experience in enforcing trademarks, copyright, designs and patents. The team also offers prosecution services for trademarks, designs and domain names, together with strategic advice and consultation on contracts, including antitrust matters. MLL is a one-stop shop for all IP-related matters (excluding patent applications).

Trademarks, designs and unfair competition

MLL performs the full range of trademark, design and domain name-related services in Switzerland and abroad, including registering, enforcing, opposing and defending these rights. MLL has broad experience in the management of large portfolios and in counterfeiting cases.

The firm can also assist with:

  • finding solutions under the new Swissness legislation (legal criteria regulating the use of Swiss goods and services);
  • the development and implementation of trademark and design protection strategies;
  • litigation before all Swiss courts and authorities and coordination of international disputes;
  • IP-related arbitration (including domain name dispute arbitration);
  • the comprehensive management of entire IP portfolios;
  • unfair competition, design, trade dress and counterfeiting disputes;
  • the support of creative and design-focused companies, in particular advertising agencies, manufacturers of design products and photographers; and
  • the provision of sophisticated advice in the growing field of geographical indications.

Patents and the health industry

MLL’s patent litigation team has outstanding expertise and experience in managing complex patent matters nationally, as well as in multiple jurisdictions, litigating before all Swiss courts and coordinating cross-border patent litigation. Advising and representing pharmaceutical companies in regulatory issues is also a primary team focus.

Copyright, technology, media and telecommunications

MLL has been providing support and advice to technology companies and enterprises in the media and telecommunication industries for many years. The team at MLL is also recognised by clients and peers as leading specialists in the area of privacy and data protection in Switzerland. The firm’s clients benefit from the team’s understanding of data protection laws in combination with their knowledge on the digitalisation of business activities and its legal and operative impacts. The firm’s services comprise the following:

  • consulting software developers and IT service providers, as well as the users of such products and services (eg, outsourcing and IT security);
  • data protection topics in connection with software and mobile applications and cloud computing;
  • consulting media companies active in the classic media sector (eg, print, radio and television) and the new online media sector;
  • supporting telecommunications companies in solving problems and exploiting the opportunities offered by the convergence of fixed-line networks, mobile radio communications and the Internet;
  • compliance with relevant data protection rules of internet businesses, communities and ventures (eg, data protection guidelines, general terms and conditions and privacy policy);
  • reviewing technology-focused due diligence;
  • assisting in the financing, marketing and sale of technology-based solutions, technology-centric media and telecommunications companies; and
  • assisting in the exchange of technology, in particular through licences and R&D agreements.


MLL’s working languages include German, English, French and Spanish. Some of the firm’s professionals are also fluent in Italian and Portuguese.

Contact details

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd
Schiffbaustrasse 2
PO Box 1765
Zurich 8031

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Geneva
  • Lausanne
  • Zug

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