New strength
and enormous potential
as a member
of the IPS Irsch Group

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Who Are We?

Gernet Althaus IP AG – GA-IP is an independent patent and trademark law firm. 

You invent, we protect – to safeguard and enhance your competitiveness.

Protect your innovation against imitation! Protection enables you to set yourself apart from your competition and prohibit others from using your intellectual property. It also stops competitors protecting your innovation for themselves. Your protected innovations and creations are a tradeable asset which you can sell or licence.

Our team of highly qualified specialists have a wealth of expertise and specialist knowledge both of intellectual property and in various technical fields, most notably mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry and biotechnology. We draw on these skills to help innovative businesses and individual inventors develop effective strategies for protecting their intellectual property, anywhere in the world.

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Our Expertise.

Our customers rely on our expertise in the following areas.
Patents

protect your technical innovations.

Trademarks

distinguish your products and enhance their image.

Design

protects the creative new design (external appearance) of your products.

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IPS Irsch Group.

IPS Irsch Group: Gernet Althaus IP AG, PMD Workshop GmbH and IPS Irsch AG

 


Background
We have proven ourselves in both the national and international market over many years and have advanced our patent law firms through organic growth. The individuality of the separate companies stands front and center, while their solidarity with each other gives additional strength to the whole. We will use this to the benefit of our clients. We firmly believe that a regional alignment based on established roots in the local area meets the growing needs of our clients.

Values
The personality and integrity of our staff are valued highly in our companies alongside our requirements of their specialist qualifications. We assign great importance to an inspiring and appreciative staff and corporate culture and have, as a group, committed ourselves to acting sustainably and responsibly. In doing so we have laid the foundation for a relationship with our clients that is based on trust and cooperation.

Pioneer Position
The outstanding standard of our infrastructures, including the IT system that was announced back in 2013 and has since been fully integrated, are central factors in our ability to provide high quality services. That has put us well ahead of many of our competitors, allowing us to deliver consistent improvements in efficiency and significant advancements in data security. What is more, this foundation has enabled us to better prepare for unforeseen events such as the coronavirus pandemic and to overcome the additional challenges while maintaining a consistently high standard.

Flexibility and Strength
As a corproate group, we can also enhance security and flexibility and tap into the considerable synergy potential available through the across-the-board use of services and resources. The fact that our patent attorneys come from a range of natural scientific specialisms such as physics, chemistry, biology and actively engage in exchanges about areas of interest beyond their specialist fields additionally enhances the benefits for our clients. 

Focus on Customers‘ Benefit
It is our belief that a personal relationship with clients, cooperation with the same contacts over many years, and ethically responsible and sustainable actions in the market will become even more important in the future. We share these values and will preserve them for the benefit of our clients and our companies. 


Watch the film portrait of 4pi science lab here

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Our Team.

We protect and defend your intellectual property.
Roland Althaus

Dr. sc. nat., Dipl. Natw. ETH

CEO
European and Swiss patent attorney; lawyer
+41 52 511 38 71

Max Bolliger

Business Economist

President of the Board of Directors
Head of Human Resources
+41 52 511 38 70

Samuel Gernet

Dr. sc. nat., Dipl. Phys. ETH

Senior Consultant
European and Swiss patent attorney
+41 52 511 38 72

Brigitte Stoll

Paralegal
Formalities Officer – patents,
trademarks, designs
+41 52 511 38 70

Laura-Maria Zamai

Paralegal
Formalities Officer – patents,
trademarks, designs
+41 52 511 38 70

Remo Cadalbert

IT Consultant
responsible for hardware and software
support as well as networks.
+41 52 511 38 70

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Patents.

One has to give ideas a fighting chance to become reality.

Thomas A. Edison

Patent
(noun)
pat(ə)nt

A patent is an industrial property right issued by the government. With a patent, you can prevent others from making commercial use of your innovation.

The scenario

You have developed something and want to legally protect your invention.

A third party is using your patented invention in a product and selling it, so you want to put an immediate stop to that party's business practices. You want to prevent them from using it or, at the very least, issue a licence.

Our service

First, we assess the patentability of your invention and guide you along the legally complex route to obtaining a patent. This involves drafting and submitting applications and conducting examination and opposition proceedings. We also maintain and enforce your existing patent rights and assist you in patent invalidation and infringement cases. For national patent applications and disputes, we have access to a reliable global network of national patent attorneys.

We draft any licence and joint development agreements in close consultation with you, review them and represent your interests in dealings with third parties.

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Trademarks.

A trademark is the right to stand apart.

Alexander Deichsel

Trademark
(noun)
treɪdmɑːk

A trademark identifies the commercial origin of your products and services. A trademark is a symbol of the quality of your products and services and is an important asset. It is one of the keys to sustainable business development.

The scenario

You already have a trademark portfolio or are starting afresh with a new trademark. A third party approaches you with a warning, asking you to cancel your trademark.

It has come to your attention that somebody is using a trademark similar to yours and you want them to desist.

Our service

We comprehensively assist you with the preliminary legal investigations, the application and, if necessary, the defence of your trademark vis-à-vis the trademark Office or against third parties.

For national trademark applications and disputes, we have access to a global and reliable network of national associate attorneys.

Additionally, we monitor the renewal deadlines on your behalf and, when necessary, notify you of conflicts between your trademark and younger, confusingly similar trademarks.

We draft any licence and delimitation agreements in close consultation with you, review them and represent your interests in dealings with third parties.

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Designs.

The design should let a product talk, so to speak.

Dieter Rams

Design
(noun)
dɪˈzʌɪn

Designs protect a product's visual features. Both surface designs, such as fabric patterns or bottle labels, and forms, such as watches, lamps or chairs, can be protected.

The scenario

Your product, which has an original appearance, is being imitated by third parties and you want to prevent this.

You receive a warning, asking you to alter your new design for a product.

Our service

We comprehensively assist you with the preliminary legal investigations, the application and, if it comes to this, the defence of your design. For design applications and disputes abroad, we have access to a global network of national associate attorneys.

We also maintain the design protection for you.

We draft any licence agreements in close consultation with you, review them and represent your interests in dealings with third parties.

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Testimonials.

What clients say about us.

To assert our trademarks, which include ALUCOBOND®, DIBOND® and FOREX®, we needed a partner with strategic vision who could get things done, and we found that in Gernet Althaus IP AG. Together, we win the majority of oppositions.

Lisa Willmann

Head of Marketing Communications Display | Transport+Industry - 3A Composites


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Fee.

Our Service

Usually, fees are based on time spent; the current hourly rate for attorney work is CHF 280-360 and for formal processing the hourly rate is CHF 160-190.

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What challenge are you facing?

We would be happy to discuss with you how we can protect your idea,
look after your portfolio or represent you in court.