WTR 1000 2021: “It is crystal clear: MLL is a leading IP firm and its lawyers are simply brilliant”


Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s IP team has been highly ranked in the 2021 edition of the World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000.

The team was awarded the highest Gold Status rating for an outstanding performance in trademark enforcement and litigation, as well as a prestigious silver rating in the trademark prosecution and strategy section. Leading lawyers Peter Schramm, Michael Ritscher, Guillaume Fournier and Simon Holzer are highly recommended. The research concludes:

“It is crystal clear: Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is a leading IP firm and its lawyers are simply brilliant,” reports one peer. The reviews from patrons are equally effusive: “Its high-quality services are accompanied by legal analyses that always consider business realities in a clear, concise and comprehensible manner. The service is of great value to in-house counsel and has an excellent and unbeaten cost-benefit ratio.” The group registers colour marks and geographical indications for the likes of Lindt & Sprüngli; gets 3D rights on the register for Birkenstock; manages portfolios for fashion house MCM; and takes down infringers for Porsche. Taking the lead on all four is Peter Schramm, who “always advises pragmatically and plays a global strategic role across all his mandates”. He frequently links up with division spearhead Michael Ritscher; together, the pair manage designer furniture company Vitra’s global dossier and tackle disputes as they crop up. “Among the most well-known practitioners in Europe, they have a deep understanding of the law and longstanding experience in coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation. Michael in particular is one of Switzerland’s leading lights.” For fine wine producer Provins, Guillaume Fournier oversees its portfolio, devises strategies and assists with brand launches, as well as ensuring that its conflict levels stay at zero. “He is extremely reactive and constructive in his advice, and his analysis is always practical and of great value. He cultivates a pleasant working relationship too.” Completing the squad, the versatile Simon Holzer is a point of reference on all things Swiss and a life sciences guru – both topics on which he publishes and speakswidely.

The WTR 1000 is the only definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal services providers. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and individuals in over 80 global jurisdictions and US states.