We handle all aspects of intellectual property law, and in particular

  • Know-how and patents. The firm has developed special expertise in medical instruments, electronics, microelectronics and nanotechnologies.
  • Brands, especially trademarks, business names, and internet domains.
  • Literary and artistic property rights.

In these fields, we provide the following services in particular:

  • Drafting protection strategies, at national, regional or global levels.
  • Negotiations and drafting contractual instruments, especially licensing agreements, cession agreements, coexistence agreements, franchise agreements, and so on.
  • Filing trademark applications for brands and designs nationally and internationally.
  • All research into intellectual property issues.
  • Trademark monitoring.
  • Tax optimization strategy and assistance for intellectual property rights.
  • Legal representation in litigation, especially before the courts or arbitration tribunals or with the copyright registration authorities.

Slide BESSELEGAL has worked on a large number of cases, for example: • Acquisition and development of land, including construction and sale of buildings in the Lake Geneva region • Real estate deal worth several tens of millions of Swiss francs in Geneva old town • Dispute between a contractor and a property developer involving a major real estate project in the Lake Geneva region • Setting up a worldwide cosmetics franchise, including negotiations and contracts • Founding a non-governmental organization • Structuring the capital and funding for a medical start-up Slide BESSELEGAL has worked on a large number of cases, for example: • Transferring a foreign IT company's headquarters to Switzerland • Founding a holding company in Switzerland on behalf of a worldwide IT group • Multi-jurisdictional dispute about the terms and conditions for buying shares in a listed company by a competitor • Establishing the legal structure needed to hold the intellectual property of a multinational owner of many trademarks and patents in the luxury goods sector • Dispute about counterfeit plant varieties in the agricultural sector • Dispute about the validity of a three-dimensional trademark Slide BESSELEGAL has worked on a large number of cases, for example: • Legal proceedings against a counterfeit brand on behalf of a luxury goods multinational • Legal proceedings for patent infringement on behalf of a watch company • Dispute about the infringements of designs belonging to a luxury goods company by a competitor • Negotiations and contracts for patent licences and know-how on behalf of a medical company • Proceedings in several countries in Europe and the USA for patents in the coffee sector