Homburger AG

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Paid-up members of the Swiss patent litigation elite, Homburger’s lawyers have been putting in dazzling performances in major life sciences disputes of late. Highlights include enforcing Illumina’s sequencing-by-synthesis patents before the Federal Patent Court against the BGI/MGI Group and representing the same in multi-patent enforcement proceedings in a trans-border context. It also secured a landmark judgment in defending Sandoz against an enforcement action brought by AstraZeneca. Taking the lead on all three is “first-class litigator” Andri Hess: “He has an immense understanding of the law, always looks into the details and presents well-founded solutions and fantastic arguments.” IP and IT practice head Georg Rauber keeps a cool head in high-stakes disputes and artfully shepherds complex deals over the finish line.

Firm Profile

Established in 1957 in Zurich, Homburger is one of the largest law firms in Switzerland. The firm advises and represents companies and executives in all aspects of commercial law.

The Homburger team includes over 160 lawyers who are registered with the Bar of the Canton of Zurich or in their respective jurisdictions, as well as tax experts. Most of the firm’s lawyers have additional qualifications and have studied and worked abroad.

Homburger’s founder Eric Homburger was one of the first lawyers in Switzerland to combine his academic activities with a commercial legal practice. The firm remains loyal to this model: the majority of its professionals are active in academia and regularly contribute, whether in education or publications, to the development of the law.

Homburger is a truly independent law firm. It works with leading firms in all major jurisdictions and areas of commercial law on a case-by-case basis. This enables it to offer the best legal advice to clients.


All Homburger professionals are members of at least one of the firm’s main practices (corporate/M&A, litigation/arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, financial services, competition/regulatory and tax). Each practice is responsible for keeping its professionals at the highest level of education and experience and for contributing to the firm’s legal business development. As a result of this organisation, the firm can meet the requirements of clients – including in highly complex and interdisciplinary constellations – and it is driving solutions involving all key areas of commercial law.

Homburger further maintains a number of working groups with a particular focus on certain fields of the law or client segments – including, without limitation, life sciences, employment, insolvency and restructuring, technology and digitalisation (TechGroup), private clients, white collar crimes and investigations, real estate and insurance.

IP/IT practice

Homburger’s IP/IT practice encompasses four main areas of specialisation, namely (i) patent and technology, (ii) general IP, (iii) TMT, and (iv) data protection and privacy. Its professionals advise and represent clients in all such areas.. The IP/IT practice consists of four partners, one senior counsel, nine associates and two junior associates. It combines many decades of practice and experience in all of the IP and IT fields and constitutes one of the largest IP/IT practices in Switzerland.

Our IP/IT practice professionals have represented clients in many landmark IP and IT cases in Switzerland and have advised clients on major IP and IT transactions, including the sale and transfer of IP portfolios, important licensing deals, and IT and business process outsourcing transactions. Further, a growing number of IP transactions in the fields of life sciences and health industry has been supported. In general, the IP/IT practice both represents clients in state court litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings and renders cutting-edge advice on IP and IT transactions and projects. Many of the assignments have an international dimension, and the firm is particularly experienced in guiding clients in international litigation and arbitration cases, as well as in multi-jurisdictional IP and IT transactions.

The IP/IT practice has a strong focus on patent and technology law. Its patent work covers a broad range of technical fields and a majority of the cases relate to the life sciences, food, micro-mechanical, electronical, telecommunications and machine industries. Permanent exposure to complex legal and technical problems relating to all aspects of intellectual property, including issues of infringement and validity of IP rights, ensures that team members remain at the forefront of IP law in Switzerland.

The IP/IT practice’s other fields of expertise include:

  • trademark, design and copyright law;
  • trade and unfair competition law and the protection of know-how and trade secrets;
  • life sciences, nutrition, toys, telecoms, radio and TV broadcasting and other industry regulatory frameworks;
  • IT projects (eg, software development, integration and migration), software licensing and distribution, outsourcing (IT and business processes) and IP and IT carve-outs;
  • IP licensing, technology transfer, distribution, franchising and merchandising transactions;
  • data protection;
  • media law, including representing private persons, executives and undertakings in cases of electronic and print media exposure;
  • exploitation of sports content, including corporate organisation and comprehensive contract management of sports agencies and rights-in and rights-out transactions;
  • e-commerce and internet law; and
  • general support of corporate and M&A practices in the IP and IT areas.

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