Dr Simon Holzer

Simon Holzer

Lawyer biography

Practice Areas

  • Patents and Pharmaceutical Law
  • Arbitration and Litigation
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunication
  • Trademarks, Design and Advertising
  • Public business law


  • Partner with Meyerlustenberger Lachenal (since 2012)
  • Associate with Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, Chicago (2008-2009)
  • Associate with meyerlustenberger (2005-2011)
  • Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (2005)
  • University of Berne, Dr. iur. (2004)
  • Freelance associate with a Swiss law firm in Berne (2000-2004)
  • Research scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law (2002-2003)
  • Law Clerk in the judiciary of the Canton of Berne (2000-2001)
  • University of Berne, lic. iur. (1998)


All Swiss courts


German, English, French


Intellectual Property

Limitation of patents during infringement proceedings – case law and strategic considerations
Switzerland | 22 March 2021

Over the past two years, patent owners have frequently limited patents in suit during infringement proceedings in Switzerland. Two recent Federal Supreme Court decisions have illuminated how and at what stage in the patent proceedings limitations are possible. While bringing some long-awaited clarity, the recent case law also raises new questions and issues for patent owners to consider in determining their litigation strategy.

Federal Supreme Court confirms when display of information is technical feature that can provide inventive step
Switzerland | 21 December 2020

Is an animated lung on the display of a ventilator machine merely an unpatentable display of information or a technical feature that can provide an inventive step? For the first time, the Federal Supreme Court recently addressed the issue of whether such graphical user interfaces can be technical and affirmed a Federal Patent Court's decision.

Does Switzerland need a new patent system with a fully examined patent, utility models and opposition proceedings?
Switzerland | 14 December 2020

The Federal Council recently published a preliminary draft of a revised version of the Patent Act which would introduce a fully fledged patent system. As is well known, Switzerland is not a member of the planned unitary EU patent system comprising a European patent with unitary effect and the Unified Patent Court, so a revision of the Swiss patent system could make sense in this context.