Bernard Volken

Attorney-at-Law| Partner


Telephone:  +41 31 328 36 36
Telefax:  +41 31 328 36 39
E-Mail:  volken @

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Bernard Volken studied in Fribourg and obtained the bar admission in Zurich. From 1994 to 2000 he worked at the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI), the last three years as head of the trademark opposition proceeding. From 2000 to 2021 he was attorney-at-law and partner in an IP law firm. Since 2022 he is partner at the law firm Troller Hitz Troller. Bernard is specialized in intellectual property law. He elaborates IP strategies and administers IP rights (trademark and designs) worldwide. He enforces his client’s rights before the respective Courts. Contractual and sports law do also belong to his business field.

Bernard holds several IP lectures in Switzerland as well as at Tongji University in Shanghai. He acts as an expert speaker on the protection on industrial designs and trademarks for the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).

He is a member of several professional associations, including the Bernese and Swiss Bar Association, the Swiss IP Association (INGRES), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) and the international association of trademark owners (MARQUES).

Bernard regularly speaks at IP seminars and publishes in the field of IP. His working languages are English, German and French.



Winner of the ILO (
Client Choice Award 2011 for Switzerland in the category «Intellectual Property»

Winner of the ILO (
Client Choice Award 2014 for Switzerland in the category «Intellectual Property»

Who’s Who Legal, Lawyer of the year 2019 for Switzerland in the category Trademark law

IP Lawyer of the Year in Switzerland 2021 (Corporate INTL Global Awards Winner)

Trademark Lawyer of the year in Switzerland 2021 (

IP Lawyer of the Year 2021 (Global 100)

IP Lawyer of the Year in Switzerland 2022 (Corporate INTL Global Awards Winner)



Mr Volken has been praised as “outstanding in terms of professionalism” (Client Choice International 2014); “to the point and an excellent adviser… with a very pragmatic and business-oriented approach” (Chambers Europe 2015); “an expert on all aspects of trademark law, approachable, flexible and efficient” (Who’s Who Legal 2014); “a terribly bright litigator with incredible experience in prosecution also” (WTR 1000 2015); a “solution-oriented and skillful lawyer" (Chambers Europe 2016); having a “quick grasp of complex issues” (Who’s Who Legal 2015); and being “diligent and personable” (WTR 1000 2016). “He is a terrific, pragmatic and solutions-oriented all-rounder, although he is perhaps best known for his contentious prowess. He is brilliant on the courtroom floor. He is persuasive and extremely good at client handling – quite extraordinary” (WTR 1000 2017). „Top of the line when it comes to trademarks, impresses with his pragmatic and precise communication, responsive and creative counsel“ (Who’s Who Legal 2018). Ranked as most highly regarded Attorney-at-law in Switzerland in the field of Trademarks (Who’s Who Legal 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020). “He is a go-to lawyer and outstanding hands-on practitioner. He is highly experienced in both prosecution and enforcement. He considers matters strategically before providing efficient, timely and to-the-point solutions”, WTR 1000 2019); “Bernard is admired for his skill in IP-related litigation. He offers experience in a range of IP matters, receiving particular praise for his work on trademarks and unfair competition” (Chambers & Partners 2019), "Bernard is one of the best lawyers in Switzerland" (Who's Who Legal 2019). Bernard is well respected internationally as an invaluable resource in trademark infringement and protection matters (Who's Who Legal 2019, Global Guide); he “handles more dossiers than any other practitioner. Fun to work with, he finds solutions quickly and really gets into the nitty gritty of the issues at hand” (WTR 1000 2020). Who's Who Legal 2020: “Bernard Volken is lauded as a top attorney and very experienced, with a wealth of knowledge in the prosecution and enforcement of trademarks”.



„Markenrechtsverletzungen; die Abmahnung“, in «Schweizer IP Handbuch», Helbing Lichtenhahn Verlag, 2. Auflage, 2021

Kommentar Patentgesetz (PatG), Kommentierung Art. 46a (Weiterbehandlung) und Art. 47 (Wiedereinsetzung in den früheren Stand), Stämpfli Verlag 2019

„Immaterialgüterrechte - Geistiges Eigentum“, in „Management-Vademecum, viscom-Jubiläumsbuch, 2019, S. 152 ff.

„Der rechtliche Schutz von Verpackungen“, in „alimenta“, Fachzeitschrift für die Lebensmittelwirtschaft, Ausgabe vom 31.05.2017, S. 16 ff.

Basler Kommentar zum Markenschutz- und Wappenschutzgesetz, Kommentierung der Artikel 10-12, 31-34 MSchG, Vorbem. zu Art. 70-72h MSchG, Art. 70-72h MSchG, Helbling Lichtenhahn Verlag, 2017

„Anmelde- und Durchsetzungsstrategien im Designrecht“, Weblaw Juni 2016

«Die Markenrechtsverletzung», in «Schweizer IP Handbuch», Helbing Lichtenhahn Verlag, 2013

Besprechung des Urteils des Oberlandgerichtshofes München vom 14. Mai 2009 «Designschutz Geländewagen», in «Designschutz in Europa», Band 4,
Carl Heymanns Verlag 2012

«Marke und Tourismus. Widerspruch oder Schlüssel zum Erfolg?», in «Gedanken zum Schutz von geographischen Zeichen», Festschrift für J. David Meisser,
Stämpfli Verlag 2012

«Der rechtliche Schutz von Domainnamen», in «Marketingerfolg im Internet», Orell Füssli Verlag, 2003

1997 - 2018 contributing editor to the Journal for Intellectual Property Law, Information Law and Competition Law «sic!»

Patentrecht – Wiedereinsetzung in den früheren Stand
(Art. 47 Pat6); Wegfall des Hindernisses: AJP 9/96, p. 1166 ff.

Numerous articles such as book reviews and summaries
of court judgements