Markus R. Frick

Markus R. Frick



  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Corporate Crime & Investigations
  • Arbitration
  • Art, Entertainment & Sports

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

INTA Group
Intellectual Property Group
Life Sciences Group
Patent Law Group

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Markus Frick is heading up the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition Team. He 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) and he is "service-oriented", inspires "real professional trust" and praise for his "profound knowledge of the business side" and "sense for the tactical steps that will resolve even the most complex problems" and "uber-practical, no-nonsense lawyer who is extremely strong in enforcement" (WTR1000). According to Who's Who Legal Markus Frick is well known for his "superb" IP work and continues to provide counsel of the "highest quality" to clients. 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.

Bar Admissions

He is registered with the Zurich and New York Bar and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.
Areas of Practice

Antitrust & Competition | Arbitration | Art, Entertainment & Sports | Corporate Crime & Investigations | Healthcare & Life Sciences | Information Technology & Telecommunications | Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer | Litigation | Media & Communications | Trade & Distribution

Professional Career

Professional Associations


Kommentar zu Art. 15 und 16, Vorbem. zu Art. 51a–60 und Art. 51a–60 des Bundesgesetzes über den Schutz von Marken und Herkunftsangaben (MSchG)
by Markus R. Frick
in: David/Frick (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar Markenschutzgesetz Wappenschutzgesetz"
3. Auflage, Basel 2017, pp. 490–524, 913–1056 (ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-7190-3553-2)

Legislative framework and causes of action
by Markus R. Frick and Magda Streuli-Youssef
in: World Trademark Review (Editor[s]), "Trademark Litigation 2017"
London 2016, p. 7

Arbitration Session an der MARQUES Arbitrating and Mediating Trademarks Tagung
Speaker: Markus R. Frick
MARQUES Arbitrating and Mediating Trademarks
London 19 April 2016

3D Printing: a Game Changer for Counterfeiting?
Speakers: Markus R. Frick
IP Track Dinner
Geneva 19 March 2015

Protecting Famous/Well-Known Marks – a European Comparison
Speaker: Markus R. Frick
ITMA Spring Conference
London 20 March 2014

Kommentar UWG (BSK) zu Art. 4–6 (Verleitung zu Vertragsverletzung, Privatbestechung, Verwertung fremder Leistung, Verletzung von Fabrikations- und Geschäftsgeheimnissen)
by Markus R. Frick
in: Hilty/Arpagaus (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar zum Bundesgesetz gegen unlauteren Wettbewerb (UWG)"
Basel 2013, p. 880

Europe's Role in Global IP Strategies
Speaker: Markus R. Frick
Global IP Convention 2013
Bangalore, India 24 January 2013

Harmonisation of health claims legislation with EU law
co-authored by Markus R. Frick and Manuel Bigler
in: "ILO International Law Office – Healthcare & Life Sciences Newsletter" 23 January 2013

Begrenzte Schutzfähigkeit geografischer Wein- und Spirituosen-Kennzeichen als Marken unter TRIPS
by Markus R. Frick
in: Bundi/Schmidt (Editor[s]), "Gedanken zum Schutz von geografischen Zeichen – Festschrift für J. David Meisser"
Berne 2012, pp. 135–144

Specialized IP courts
co-authored by Markus R. Frick and Demian Stauber
in: Adam Jolly (Editor[s]), "The Handbook of European Intellectual Property Management Developing, Managing and Protecting your Company's Intellectual Property"
3rd Edition, Great Britain/United States 2012, pp. 334–338

WIPO session at MARQUES Annual Conference
Chair: Markus R. Frick
MARQUES Annual Conference
Baveno, Italy 16 September 2011

Newsletter 99: The new Swiss Federal Patent Court will begin hearing cases on January 1, 2012
by Demian Stauber and Markus R. Frick
August 2011

WIPO Working Group Meeting in Geneva
Speaker: Markus R. Frick
WIPO Working Group Meeting
Geneva 4 July 2011 (Markus R. Frick represents the trademark owners associations MARQUES)

Der Rechtsschutz im Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht
co-authored by Lucas David, Markus R. Frick, Oliver M. Kunz, Matthias U. Studer and Daniel Zimmerli
in: von Büren/David (Editor[s]), "Schweizerisches Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht (SIWR)"
3. Auflage, Basel/Geneva/Munich 2011

The New Swiss Federal Patent Court
Speakers: Demian Stauber and Markus R. Frick
European Patent Forum
Düsseldorf 10 February 2010

Aktuelle Rechtsentwicklungen im Domain-Namen-Recht
by Markus R. Frick
in: Arter/Jörg (Editor[s]), "Internet-Recht und Electronic Commerce Law"
Berne 2007

Werbung für Lebensmittel
by Markus R. Frick
in: "Lebensmittelrecht"
Berne 2006

Supreme Court reverses Smarties shape mark decision
co-authored by Markus R. Frick and Oliver M. Kunz
in: "World Trademark Law Report" 29 April 2005

Argument Gesundheit in der Werbung
by Markus R. Frick
in: "Forum Gesundheitsrecht"
Zurich 2005

BIN LADIN stays on Swiss register
co-authored by Markus R. Frick and Oliver M. Kunz
in: "World Trademark Law Report" 11 November 2004

Online Business Law Switzerland
co-authored by Markus R. Frick and Mark A. Reutter
in: "World Online Business Law"
New York 2004

When Foreign Arbitral Awards are Late … Should U.S. Courts Enforce Them?
by Markus R. Frick
in: "American Arbitration Association Dispute Resolution Journal" February 2002

Anmerkung zu Entscheid des Obergerichts Luzern vom 8. Dez. 1999; UWG, herabsetzende Äusserungen und Abwerbung
by Markus R. Frick
in: "sic! Zeitschrift für Immaterialgüter-, Informations- und Wettbewerbsrecht" 3/2000, pp. 223–224

Anmerkung zu Massnahmeentscheid des Obergerichtes Luzern vom 31. Aug. 1999; Wechselwirkung zwischen Markenschutz und Schutzumfang des UWG
by Markus R. Frick
in: "sic! Zeitschrift für Immaterialgüter -, Informations- und Wettbewerbsrecht" 3/2000, p. 216

Abwerbung von Personal und Kunden, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Abwerbung durch Arbeitnehmer
by Markus R. Frick
Zurich 2000 (Dissertation)