Michael Isler

Michael Isler

Dr. iur., Attorney at Law




Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 15

Curriculum Vitae

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Michael Isler is a partner and member of the management board in the product groups Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Data Protection. He regularly advises in complex outsourcing, technology transfer and platform projects from the conceptual and negotiation phase to dispute settlement. He further enjoys a vast experience in copyright, trademark and patent law. A particular focus of his work is dedicated to the life sciences and health sector. Michael Isler regularly publishes and lectures in his practice areas and takes an active role in several professional organizations. He is co-editor of Life Science Recht, the Swiss law journal for pharma, biotech and medtech.

Born in 1974, Michael Isler was educated at the Universities of Zurich (lic. iur. 2000) and Louvain and also holds a doctoral degree from the University of Lucerne (2011). Before joining a major law firm in Basel and Zurich in 2010, has worked for several years as inhouse counsel at a technology group and a global telecom infrastructure and service provider. He arrived at Walder Wyss in 2014.

Michael Isler's professional languages are German and English. He also speaks French and Dutch. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Loewe to partner up with Kylian Mbappé

Expert opinion on the criminal liability of "ethical hacking" for the National Test Institute for Cybersecurity NTC

UBS/CS Merger Completed

Bavarian Nordic Acquires Emergent BioSolutions’ Travel Vaccines Portfolio

Forterro acquires Cloud ERP Software Provider myfactory

Sevensense Raises USD 7.7m Series A

Nautilus acquires Swiss motion tech company VAY

Hitachi ABB Power Grids outsources IT infrastructure services to HCL Technologies

Walder Wyss recognized as one of the 100 top data law firms globally

OTTO’S succeeds in Federal Court against Otto Group

Afinum invests in Messenger App Threema

ABB outsources hosting infrastructure and management services to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

WiseTech Global acquires SISA Studio Informatica SA

Lindsay Goldberg acquires Bilcare Research Group

Neuraxpharm Group enters the CBD market with the acquisition of S.T.U. GmbH

Walder Wyss advises on the setup of Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA)

Recordati acquires rights for Signifor and Osilodrostat

Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz invests in digitalCounsels

Sobi acquires NovImmune’s Immunology Business in CHF 515 Mio. Deal

GetYourGuide announces USD 484 million series E financing round

SBA: Cloud-Guidelines - Legal Opinion on Bank Client Confidentiality

Mobile Cryptocurrency Wallet BRD raises USD 15m in a Series B Financing Round from SBI Crypto Investment

SWICA Healthcare Organisation receives authorisation for telemedical treatment in the Canton of Zurich

DPE acquires AWK Group

Baloise acquires Movu

Strategic partnership between Sanofi and Lonza

RWS acquires LUZ, Inc.

BASF acquires Rolic Group

Apax / Unilabs

Recordati acquires Pro Farma AG

BLKB invests in Robo-Advisor True Wealth

J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG to acquire Credit Suisse (Monaco) S.A.M. and Credit Suisse (Gibraltar) Limited

P&I Personal & Informatik Ltd. acquires business division HR from Soreco Ltd.

Commentary on articles 3, 14 and 15 of the Federal Data Protection Act

Cybersecurity 2023 - Chapter Switzerland

Mobile fertility app requires certificate of conformity

Technology & Outsourcing 2022: Chapter Switzerland

Digital Healthcare 2022 - Switzerland

Text and data mining in medical research. The science privilege according to article 24d of the Swiss Copyright Act

Current Challenges in the Trade of Medical Devices between Switzerland and the EU


Commentary on Art. 5, 6 und 7a HMG

Outsourcing 2021 - Chapter Switzerland

Software/Apps as Medical Devices

Data security and IoT

OTTO’S vs. OTTO – When Does Acquired Distinctiveness under Unfair Competition Law Prevail over Trademark Protection?

Cross-border portability for Swiss travelers

CLOUD Act and the Protection of Business Secrets

§ 5 Data and Intellectual Property

Outsourcing 2020 - Chapter Switzerland

Protection of literary works

Well-known trademarks in the context of a product’s culinary origin

The repartition of responsibilities in clinical trials

The EU Medical Device Regulations and Switzerland

Use of orphan works - Back-up copies - Use of works by persons with disabilities - Use of works for scientific purposes - Inventories

Outsourcing: Chapter Switzerland

Opinion Walder Wyss: Consultation on the Adaptation of Federal Law to Developments in Distributed Ledger Technology DLT

Update on the Digital Estate

Mobile App for Natural Contraception is a Medical Device. Decision of Federal Administrative Court Dated 17 September 2018

Cybersecurity - Switzerland 2019

Fintech - Switzerland

Off label use of medical devices. Lawfulness and legal consequences from the perspective of the manufacturer, the operator and the patient

Initial Coin Offerings - from Cryptocurrencies to Entrepreneurial Financing

Cybersecurity - Switzerland 2018

Initial Coin Offering – In wenigen Sekunden Millionen beschaffen

Data protection on the blockchain

Data Protection and Social Media in Daily Business

Initial Coin Offerings in Switzerland

Fintech - Switzerland

Keyword Advertising

FinTech Regulation: Blockchain, Robo Advice, Initial Coin Offerings

Introduction to basic principles of Swiss medical device regulation

Commentary on art. 13 and 14 of the Federal Act on the Protection of Trade Marks and Indications of Source (FTA)

Book review: Rolf H. Weber/Christian Laux/Dominic Oertly: Data policy as legal subject – Agenda for Open Government Data

Keyword Advertising

Fintech – Switzerland

SmartMoney – Data as the New Currency

Lifestyle Product or Medical Device?

Cybersecurity – Switzerland 2016

In the crossfire of beacons – customer analysis and customer targeting at the point of sales [and beyond...]

The Role of IP in Servitized Technology

Particular Aspects of Online Marketing, Social Media and Consumer Apps in Life Sciences

My Data Are Making My Price

Proposal for a solution of case II "The boat excursion"

§ 47 License Agreement and § 48 Exclusive Distribution Agreement

Intellectual Property – Switzerland

Mobile Medical Apps: Privacy Implicatoins

Technology, Media and Telecommunications – Switzerland

Risks and Averse Effects of Mobile Medical Apps

Innovation in Enterprises: Who is the Inventor?

Healthcare Meets Smart Wireless – and the Law?

Investment Protection in ICT Sourcing

Technology, Media and Telecommunications – Switzerland

Impressum Obligation in E-Commerce

The End of an Outsourcing is the Beginning of an Outsourcing – Planning and Execution a Provider Swap

Direct Claims in International Chains of Contract

E-Commerce: Konsum ohne Grenzen – Rechtsschutz mit Grenzen (Aspekte des IZPR und des IPR)

Der Rechtsschutz im Personenfreizügigkeitsabkommen zwischen der Schweiz und der EG sowie den EU-Mitgliedstaaten

Legal Opinion - Permissibility of disclosure by Swiss banks of bank client information to agents in foreign countries un-der article 47 of the Banking Act (BA)

Gutachten - Zulässigkeit der Bekanntgabe von Bankkundendaten durch schweizerische Banken an Beauftragte im Ausland unter Art. 47 BankG