John Moetteli is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Switzerland and Liechtenstein on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details listed above.
For about twenty years, John has been a practicing patent practitioner/Attorney-at-Law, licensed before the Swiss and Liechtenstein Patent Offices. John has represented famous individuals, luxury watch brands, as well as innovative companies, both small and large, before the U.S., Swiss, Liechtensteiner and International patent and trademark authorities.
His technical specialty is mechanical, IT, software, medical devices, and sports products. He is particularly specialised in preparing freedom to operate, invalidity and unenforceability opinions, as well as preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and design applications. His experience preparing legal opinions gives him the ability to quickly and objectively assess infringement and validity, all helpful to fair and thoughtful determination in arbitration as well as in providing strategic litigation advice.
John is a member of the Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He’s been inducted into the Order of the Barons and Order of the Coif, well-known honorary legal fraternities. He’s also the founder of the North American Attorney’s Association. He’s lectured for the Da Vinci School of Intellectual Property, the Swiss Patent Office, WIPO (as a WIPO Patent Expert) and the European Commission. He is currently lecturer in international intellectual property law for the Zurich School of Applied Sciences and has served as an IMD faculty for the Program for Executive Development (PED). He’s published several articles on the subject of intellectual property law as well.
Prior to moving to Switzerland over twenty years ago, John worked in the intellectual property section of Haynes & Boone LLP, a large general litigation firm with offices in Texas, Washington D.C. and Mexico City. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center, a highly ranked law school. Prior to his experience with Haynes & Boone, John worked at NASA’s JSC with astronaut Joe Kerwin, the first physician in space. There his responsibilities included technology management as well as space station systems design. During this time, his work was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Invention Series cable television program.
John speaks fluent English, French and German.