Markus R. Frick

Markus R. Frick

Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law




Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 27

Curriculum Vitae

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Markus Frick specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law with a particular focus on trademark, patent and unfair competition law. Other areas of expertise include media law as well as food and drugs regulations. He regularly represents clients in complex and cross-border litigations before courts and administrative bodies. He advises clients on the development and management of IP rights, related contracts and transactions. He speaks and publishes regularly on topics in his area of practice.

Born in 1970, Markus Frick was educated at the University of Zurich (lic. iur. 1995, Dr. iur. 2000) and New York University School of Law (LL.M. 2001). He is also admitted to the New York Bar and has – before joining Walder Wyss – worked as an associate in both a Zurich and a New York law firm.

Markus Frick is listed in international rankings as a leader in his field and praised as 'bright, quick at responding to our needs, and also brilliant in court' (Chambers Europe). WTR1000 states: ‘The superb all-rounder has a keen ability to strategise in complex litigation proceedings and can navigate any prosecution pitfalls. He is a take-charge, no-nonsense, uber-practical lawyer who can attain the goals of his clients in the most cost-efficient way. Who's Who Legal (WWL) mentions Markus Frick as 'most highly regarded' and a 'WWL Thought Leader Trademarks in Switzerland', again in 2019. In 2020, Markus Frick received the WWL Switzerland Award for Trademarks Lawyer of the Year. WWL quotes: 'Markus Frick at Walder Wyss emerges as the leading lawyer in the Swiss market for trademarks work.' Also WTR1000 acknowledge Markus Frick as 'undoubtedly one of the best trademark lawyers in Switzerland'. Moreover, Legal 500, Legal Experts, MIP IP Stars and WIPR Leaders list Markus Frick among the 'leading individuals' and also the LMG Life Sciences list Markus Frick with the 'Life Science Stars' in Switzerland for intellectual property.

Markus Frick speaks German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich and New York Bar and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Ripe for Protection: Swiss Court Awards Apple Trademark Protection on Content-Related Goods

Blockchain Domain Names and Risks Associated Therewith

Update on the Revision of the Swiss Patents Act

Nice Classification Will Include NFTs – What Does This Mean for Your Trademarks?

Assignment Action in Case of Trademark Usurpation of an Employee

Cancellation Request by Trademark Troll – Abusive?

Federal Patent Court: When the injunction is late to the party

QR Code Trademark with Inset Cross Found to Be Distinctive

Swiss Federal Supreme Court: Waving Goodbye to Waivers

The Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (Institute) specifies its registration practice on the trademark protection of public signs under the Coat of Arms Protection Act (CAPA)

BVLGARI – trademark with secondary meaning

easyJet vs. easyBet – Hosting provider ordered to take down trademark infringing website

easyJet vs. easyBet: Hosting provider ordered to take down trademark infringing website

The Legal 500 Patent Litigation Country Comparative Guide

OTTO v OTTO's: Federal Supreme Court partially upholds Swiss retailer's appeal

CEO Wants to Fight Multi‐Country Litigation to the End

Protection of Trade Dresses against Imitation under Swiss Unfair Competition Law

Chapter 16: Switzerland

Commentary on art. 15 and 16, preliminary remarks to art. 51a–60 and art. 51a–60 of the Federal Act on the Protection of Trade Marks and Indications of Source

Chapter 16: Switzerland

Legislative framework and causes of action

Arbitration Session at MARQUES Arbitrating and Mediating Trademarks Seminar

Yves Saint Laurent fails to prevent registration of monogram

Administrative Tribunal considers protection of terms falling in public domain

Little-known mountain cannot be geographical indication of Swiss origin

3D Printing: a Game Changer for Counterfeiting?

Schutz berühmter/notorisch bekannter Marken – ein Europäischer Vergleich

Commentary on Unfair Competition Law (Basle Commentary) on art. 4–6 (inducement to breach a contract, private sector bribery, exploitation of the achievements of others, violation of manufacturing and trade secrets)

Europe"s Role in Global IP Strategies

Harmonisation of health claims legislation with EU law

Specialized IP courts

Limited protectability of geographical wine and spirits brands as trademarks under TRIPS

WIPO session at MARQUES Annual Conference

The new Swiss Federal Patent Court will begin hearing cases on January 1, 2012

WIPO Working Group Meeting in Geneva

Remedies in Swiss Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The New Swiss Federal Patent Court

Recent Legal Developments Concerning Domain Names

Online Business Law Switzerland

Advertising for food

Supreme Court reverses Smarties shape mark decision

Health arguments in advertising

BIN LADIN stays on Swiss register

Online Business Law Switzerland

When Foreign Arbitral Awards are Late … Should U.S. Courts Enforce Them?

Solicitation of Employees and Customers, in particular Solicitation Carried Out by Employees

Case note on Supreme Court Lucerne interim relief decision of 31 August 1999 re interrelation between trade mark protection and unfair competition

Case note on Supreme Court Lucerne decision of 8 December 1999 re unfair competition