One has to give ideas a fighting chance to become reality.
Thomas A. Edison
Who Are We?
Gernet Althaus IP AG – GA-IP is an independent patent and trademark law firm.
You invent, and we protect – to safeguard and enhance your competitiveness.
Protect your innovation against imitation! Protection enables you to stand 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 of both intellectual property and 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.
Dr. sc. Nat., Dipl. Phys. ETH, European and Swiss Patent Attorney
Samuel Gernet works as a patent attorney with a focus on mechanics, electrical engineering, thin film technology, materials and packaging technology.
Samuel Gernet was born in Lucerne and studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He completed his diploma thesis in plastics physics. He obtained his doctorate at the Institut de Microtechnique in Neuchâtel in the field of subcutaneously implantable glucose sensors. This was followed by several years in the development of microelectronic components for interconnection technology, after which he trained as a patent attorney in an industrial patent department. This was followed by several years as a patent attorney in various industrial companies (electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, medical technology) and as an employee in a patent law firm. Samuel Gernet also gained particular experience in trademark and design law and all related proceedings. From June 2010 until the end of 2019, Samuel Gernet headed the trademark and patent law firm of Suisse Technology Partners AG. Since January 2020, Samuel Gernet has been working as a patent and trademark attorney with Gernet Althaus IP AG. There he represents a wide range of industrial companies, SMEs and individual inventors from Switzerland and abroad before the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE).
Samuel Gernet speaks German, English and French.
VIPS: Association of Industrial Patent Attorneys in Switzerland
EPI: Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office
INGRES: Institute for the Protection of Intellectual Property in Switzerland
AIPPI: International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Dr. sc. Nat., Dipl. Natw. ETH, European and Swiss Patent Attorney, Attorney-at-law
Roland Althaus works as a patent attorney mainly in the fields of biotechnology, pharmacy, organic chemistry, mechanics and packaging technology.
Roland Althaus was born in Bern, Switzerland, studied biochemistry at the ETH Zurich and completed his diploma thesis in the field of enzyme characterization. He obtained his doctorate in inflammation research at the Institute of Toxicology in Schwerzenbach and simultaneously studied law at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). This was followed by several years in the research and development department of a biotech start-up. He then trained as a patent attorney in a Zurich patent law firm. From December 2013 until the end of 2019 Roland Althaus worked as a patent and trademark attorney in the firm of Suisse Technology Partners AG. Since January 2020 he has been working as a patent and trademark attorney with Gernet Althaus IP AG. In addition to patent law, Roland Althaus also has extensive experience in trademark and design law. Roland Althaus represents domestic and foreign clients before the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE).
Roland Althaus speaks German, English and French.
EPI: Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office
INGRES: Institute for the Protection of Intellectual Property in Switzerland
Thomas A. Edison
A patent is an industrial property right conferred by the government. With a patent, you can prevent others from making commercial use of your innovation.
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 him from using it or, at the very least, confer a licence.
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 global and reliable 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What challenge are you facing?
look after your portfolio or represent you in court.
1) Disclaimer of liability
1.1 The contents of the website are solely for the purpose of providing information and have been prepared with the greatest possible care. Nevertheless, Gernet Althaus IP AG cannot give any guarantee or assurance with regard to the correctness, completeness and up-to-dateness of the content provided on the website and accepts no liability for damages of any kind arising from the use of incorrect or incomplete information within the website.
1.2 Insofar as the website contains links to third-party websites („third-party websites“) to which direct or indirect reference is made within the framework of this website, the third-party websites have been carefully checked in advance and no illegal content could be detected at that time. However, the providers/operators of these external websites are solely responsible for their content as well as for any possible changes and designs. The inclusion of any such links does not imply endorsement by Gernet Althaus IP AG of the contents linked or referred to from these pages. Therefore, Gernet Althaus IP AG. cannot assume any liability for the contents of these external Internet pages. If any damage occurs by the use of information presented there, only the author of the respective pages might be liable, not the one who has linked to these pages.
2) Industrial property rights
2.1 The website and all its contents are intended solely as information about Gernet Althaus IP AG, its services and products. In particular, texts, graphics, images and the design (collectively referred to as „Gernet Althaus IP AG contents“) are the property of Gernet Althaus IP AG or are made available with the permission of the owner. Gernet Althaus IP AG contents are protected in particular by national or international copyright law and other intellectual property regulations (e.g. trademark law).
2.2 Copying, distributing and changing the contents of the website for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited. Any type of exploitation (e.g. duplication, reproduction or processing of content in databases, storage, etc.) under applicable copyright law requires the prior written consent of Gernet Althaus IP AG or the relevant copyright holder. The downloading and printing of texts, images and graphic elements is permitted exclusively for personal, private and non-commercial use.
2.3 The website may also contain or refer to patents, proprietary information, technologies, product processes or other proprietary rights of Gernet Althaus IP AG.
The use of this website does not transfer to you as a user any ownership, license or other interest in any such trademark, patent, trade secret, technology, product, process or other proprietary right that may exist or be developed in the future in connection with any part of the website or its content.
3.1 The content of the website may be changed, restricted, deleted or discontinued by Gernet Althaus IP AG without prior notice to the user.
Responsible authority in the sense of the data protection laws, in particular the EU data protection basic regulation (GDPR), is:
Gernet Althaus IP AG
Your rights of data subjects
You can exercise the following rights at any time using the contact details provided by our data protection officer:
Information about your data stored with us and their processing,
Correction of incorrect personal data,
Deletion of your data stored with us,
Restriction of data processing if we are not yet allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations,
Objection against the processing of your data by us and
Data transferability if you have consented to data processing or have concluded a contract with us.
If you have given us your consent, you can revoke it at any time with effect for the future.
You can at any time complain to the supervisory authority responsible for you. Your responsible supervisory authority depends on the federal state of your residence, your work or the presumed violation. A list of the supervisory authorities (for the non-public sector) with addresses can be found at: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.
Purposes of data processing by the data controller and third parties
We process your personal data only for the purposes stated in this data protection declaration. Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those stated. We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if:
you have given your express consent to this,
the processing is necessary to process a contract with you,
the processing is necessary to fulfil a legal obligation,
the processing is necessary to safeguard legitimate interests and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in the non-disclosure of your data.
Deletion or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as provided for by the various storage periods provided for by law. After the respective purpose has ceased or these periods have expired, the corresponding data will be routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.
Collection of general information when visiting our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected by means of a cookie. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your Internet service provider and the like. This is only information which does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person.
This information is technically necessary for the correct delivery of content requested by you from websites and is mandatory when using the Internet. In particular, they are processed for the following purposes:
Ensuring a trouble-free connection to the website,
Ensuring the smooth use of our website,
Evaluation of system safety and stability as well as
for other administrative purposes.
The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest in the aforementioned purposes of data collection. We do not use your data to draw conclusions about your person. Recipients of the data are only the responsible body and, if applicable, the contract processor.
Anonymous information of this kind may be statistically evaluated by us in order to optimise our website and the technology behind it.
Like many other websites, we also use so-called „cookies“. Cookies are small text files that are transferred from a website server to your hard drive. This automatically provides us with certain data such as IP address, browser used, operating system and your connection to the Internet.
Cookies cannot be used to start programs or transfer viruses to a computer. The information contained in cookies enables us to make navigation easier for you and to display our web pages correctly.
Under no circumstances will the data collected by us be passed on to third parties or linked to personal data without your consent.
Use of Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (following: Google). Google Analytics uses „cookies“, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, due to the activation of IP anonymisation on these web pages, your IP address will be shortened by Google in advance within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to and truncated by Google on servers in the United States. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other data from Google.
The purposes of data processing are to evaluate the use of the website and to compile reports on activities on the website. On the basis of the use of the website and the Internet, further associated services are then to be provided. The processing is based on the legitimate interest of the website operator.
Use of script libraries (Google Web Fonts)
In order to present our content correctly and graphically appealing across all browsers, we use script libraries and font libraries such as Google Web Fonts (https://www.google.com/webfonts/) on this website. Google Web Fonts are transferred to your browser’s cache to avoid multiple loading. If the browser does not support Google Web Fonts or does not allow access, content will be displayed in a default font.
Calling script libraries or font libraries automatically triggers a connection to the library operator. It is theoretically possible – but currently also unclear whether and for what purposes – for the operators of such libraries to collect data.
Use of Google Maps
This website uses Google Maps API to visually display geographic information. When Google Maps is used, Google also collects, processes and uses data relating to the use of map functions by visitors. For more information about data processing by Google, please refer to the Google Privacy Notice. There you can also change your personal data protection settings in the data protection centre.
Detailed instructions on how to manage your own data in connection with Google products can be found here.
Our website uses Google Conversion Tracking. If you have reached our website via an advertisement placed by Google, Google Adwords places a cookie on your computer. The conversion tracking cookie is set when a user clicks on an ad placed by Google. These cookies expire after 30 days and are not personally identifiable. If the user visits certain pages on our site and the cookie has not expired, we and Google may recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was directed to that page. Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. As a result, cookies cannot be tracked through AdWords customer websites. The information collected from the Conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted for Conversion Tracking. Customers will know the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were directed to a page with a conversion tracking tag. However, they will not receive information that personally identifies users.
If you do not wish to participate in tracking, you can refuse to set a cookie as required, for example by setting your browser to disable the automatic setting of cookies or by setting your browser to block cookies from the „googleleadservices.com“ domain.
Please note that you may not delete the opt-out cookies as long as you do not wish measurement data to be recorded. If you have deleted all your cookies in your browser, you must set the respective opt-out cookie again.
We reserve the right to adapt this data protection declaration so that it always corresponds to the current legal requirements or to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. when introducing new services. Your renewed visit will then be subject to the new data protection declaration.
Questions to the data protection officer
If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an e-mail or contact the person responsible for data protection in our organisation directly:
+41 52 551 1126
Gernet Althaus IP AG