Thomas specialises in domestic litigation, international arbitration, data privacy and intellectual property and is praised for his “extensive knowledge on the subject” in Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property, 2021.

Thomas teaches the “Legal and regulatory approach” module of the “Business Communication, Web expertise and Social Media” course at the University of Geneva (Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences). This module mainly covers the legal framework surrounding e-commerce, intellectual property and data protection. Thomas also leads a course on the introduction to commercial law and to corporate law at the Institut Capacité en droit. This Institute, based in Geneva, awards the certificate of Capacité en droit.

Recognition

Thomas Widmer is praised for his “extensive knowledge on the subject” as well as noting that he is “very diligent in ensuring follow-ups.”
Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property, Switzerland, 2021 

Practice head Thomas Widmer is the key name in the practice, described as “an outstanding legal professional with excellent legal skills and understanding of the client.”
Legal 500, Switzerland, Intellectual Property, 2021 

Thomas Widmer is described by clients and peers as “solid”.
Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property, Switzerland, 2020

Recent publications

Propriété intellectuelle : quel préjudice « difficilement réparable » ouvre la voie aux mesures provisionnelles urgentes ?
THOMAS WIDMER
LALIVE Insights, 11 July 2024

The revised Swiss data protection act and international organisations
SANDRINE GIROUD, THOMAS WIDMER, VINCENT REYNAUD, ANTON VALLÉLIAN
In: Lexology online, LALIVE blog, 21 August 2023

Violation d’un contrat de licence, fondement contractuel et/ou délictuel ?
THOMAS WIDMER
In : Revue du droit de la propriété intellectuelle, de l’information et de la concurrence (sic !), 2023

Recent conferences

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
AIPPI World Congress
THOMAS WIDMER, Moderator
Istanbul, 22-25 October 2023

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
AIPPI Switzerland Swiss Day 2023
THOMAS WIDMER, Conference Chair
Equivalence and Use: two evolving challenges in the context of IP, 30 March 2023
Bern, 30th March 2023 

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
AIPPI annual congress 2022
THOMAS WIDMER, Speaker, Hold the Presses! Fair Use on the Internet
San Francisco, 10th September 2022

Current memberships

  • Member of the Board of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) Switzerland
  • Member of the Copyright Standing Committee of AIPPI
  • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of Association Romande de Propriété Intellectuelle (AROPI)
  • Special Coach in licensing, alliances and M&A at Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency

Career history

  • Counsel, LALIVE, Geneva, 2014 – present
  • Associate, LALIVE, Geneva, 2007 – 2013

Academic qualifications

  • Law degree, University of Geneva, 2003
  • Erasmus exchange University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2002
  • Various certificates of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
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