Marco Zardi

Partner at M Zardi & Co SA

Marco Zardi is the founder and managing director of M Zardi & Co SA, a specialised IP firm based in Lugano, Switzerland. The firm includes Swiss and European patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and IP legal consultants. Mr Zardi’s technical expertise lies in the chemical and mechanical engineering fields.

Mr Zardi has been working in intellectual property for 30 years, gaining expertise in all proceedings before the EPO and the Swiss Patent Office. As a former substantive examiner at the EPO, he is intimately familiar with the EPO’s practice.

In private practice, Mr Zardi provides services to a world-leading company in industrial chemistry. As its main reference for all IP matters, he has managed its worldwide IP portfolio for many years. Several international companies in different technological areas have also requested Mr Zardi to design strategies to help shape their IP portfolios in alignment with their economic targets and constraints.

Mr Zardi is experienced in advising overseas clients (especially Far Eastern companies) and local companies. He is also adept at the management of cross-border IP litigation, where he is frequently asked to provide freedom to operate, technical and infringement opinions in connection with out-of-court and court proceedings.

Mr Zardi additionally has expertise in the commercial evaluation of IP rights and the negotiation of IP licences and assignments.

Since 1999 Mr Zardi has been one of the most active contributors to M Zardi & Co’s well-established and renowned IP practice. The firm currently has about 20 employees, including IP specialists in all technical fields and IP law.

Mr Zardi has also been a part-time judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court since it was established in 2012. He is frequently involved in processing complex patent matters, including court decisions and alternative settlements.

IAM says

Friendly, responsive, and technically and legally accomplished, Marco Zardi is hailed by commentators across the globe as a leading patent attorney. He brilliantly handles the most complex patent prosecution issues and renders a first-rate client service.

Professional associations

  • EPI
  • INTA


  • Defensive patent aggregation
  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Licensing
  • Valuation

Firm details

M Zardi & Co SA
Via GB Pioda 6
Lugano 6900

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