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“stellar reputation as a pre-eminent dispute resolution specialist with a particular focus on the IP and life sciences sectors”

Who's Who Legal

“excellent as an arbitrator – he’s never distracted by party maneuvers and identifies the pertinent issues quickly and fairly”

Who's Who Legal Life Sciences

“excellent work representing life sciences clients in complex disputes”

Chambers Europe

“a very talented, skilled, no-nonsense lawyer, who is very pleasant to work with”

Chambers Europe

“particularly experienced in representing clients in IP disputes within the life sciences sector”

Who's Who Legal Life Sciences

“top-notch analysis”

Who's Who Legal

“A top name for complex IP arbitration disputes”

Philipp Groz

Jessica Polazarov



Philipp Groz is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team. He heads our Intellectual Property team and co-heads our Life Sciences group. He represents clients in litigation before Swiss courts and in international arbitrations in all types of IP, trade secrets, and unfair competition disputes, and in a wide range of contractual and product liability disputes. He also sits as an arbitrator. Philipp frequently assists clients in drafting and negotiating licensing, R&D, manufacturing, supply, distribution, sponsoring, franchising, and other agreements. He also advises on IP aspects of transactions. His practice further includes regulatory and advertising matters.


  • Represented pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in several international arbitrations arising out of licensing and/or distribution agreements
  • Represented lab technology engineering company in patent litigation
  • Represented major car manufacturer in various unfair competition proceedings before Swiss courts
  • Advised Swiss listed orphan drug company on various asset sale/purchase, development and licensing agreements
  • Represented global medical device manufacturer in several product liability defense cases in Switzerland
  • Advised consumer goods companies on various aspects of Swiss regulatory law (such as advertising, labeling, product recalls)


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Substitute Judge and Court Secretary at the District Court of Zurich
Court Secretary and Clerk at the District Court of Zurich
Education and Admission
LL.M., New York University
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of Zurich
Additional Professional Activities
  • Board member of Licensing Executives Society Switzerland
  • Member of AIPPI Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Member of INTA's ADR Committee 
  • Member of WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Advisory Committee
  • Regular publications and speaking engagements in the field of intellectual property, licensing and IP-related arbitration

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