Philippe Gilliéron

Philippe Gilliéron has accumulated over 20 years in intellectual property and tech related law practice. Doctor in Law (Ph.D.) from Lausanne Law School, J.S.M. (class of ’06) of Stanford Law School and Privat-Dozent from Fribourg Law School, Philippe Gilliéron has been a Professor at Lausanne Law School since 2006, respectively at Fribourg Law School since 2008 where he teaches courses on “Intellectual Property Rights”, “Intellectual Property on the Internet”, “Emerging technologies and legal issues” as well as a class related to the “Digital Transformation of the Legal Industry”. Philippe Gilliéron has further been a practicing as a domain name panelist at WIPO since 2001, solving more than 100 disputes over the years.

Before joining Wilhelm Gilliéron Avocats SA, Philippe Gilliéron has been a founding partner of TIMES Attorneys in 2015, a boutique firm which, five years after its creation, is considered one of the best IP firms in Switzerland.

Philippe Gilliéron is acknowledged as a reputable practitioner and expert in intellectual property and legal issues related to the digital transformation of the economy, including with regard to IT and privacy related matters. Considered as one of the best intellectual property expert in the French speaking part of Switzerland, a go-to person for matters at the intersection of intellectual property, technology and privacy with five books and more fifty publications in these areas of expertise, including the authoritative French commentary on Swiss intellectual property laws that he has co-edited with Prof. Jacques de Werra, Philippe Gilliéron has been listed in numerous legal guides since 2011 (including Chambers, Best Lawyers, WTR1000, Who’s Who Legal, etc.).

Described as an “extremely bright lawyer”, a “hard-working, fast, active listener, business-oriented, extremely competent lawyer that will find a solution whatever the problem”, Philippe Gilliéron’s “pragmatic and constructive approach in negotiations” has been praised on numerous occasions. Clients highlight Philippe Gilliéron’s ability to work “[…] in a pragmatic, creative and cost-efficient manner. […]”, and view him as a lawyer who “[…] proposes reasonably priced and innovative options and someone who is extremely interested in resolving issues to the best interest of his client. Philippe is the perfect lawyer with which to develop a mutually valuable long-term partnership.

Over the years, Philippe Gilliéron has assisted numerous companies ranging from start-ups to multinational companies on both contentious (IP and commercial contracts) and non-contentious matters (IP, IT, commercial agreements; management of TM portfolios and implementation of privacy management programs and related issues).

Qualifications, training and professional experience
From 01.07.2020Partner Wilhelm Gilliéron Attorneys-at-law Corp.
2019MIT Sloan School of Management – Artificial Intelligence – Implications for Business Strategy
From 2019Founder and President of TRAIAL Sàrl
From 2019Board Member Schweizer Forum für Kommunikationsrecht (SF-FS)
2017Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) et Certified Information of Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) (IAPP)
2015 - 2020Founding partner of TIMES Attorneys (heading the French speaking office)
2014 - 2017Invited Professor at Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano)
2013 - 2015Partner at Troller Hitz Troller (heading the French speaking office)
From 2012Member of the Federal Arbitration Commission for Copyrights
2012Founding partner at GilliéronAvocats (solo practitioner)
2011Privat-Dozent, Fribourg Law School
2008 - 2012Attorney-at-Law, BCCC Avocats Sàrl (Lausanne)
From 2008Lecturer at Fribourg Law School
From 2006Professor at Lausanne Law School
2006 - 2012Lecturer at Zurich Law School
2006Visiting Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP (San Francisco)
2005 - 2006J.S.M., Stanford Law School
2004Vontobel Prize
2003 - 2005Attorney-at-Law, BourgeoisAvocats (Lausanne)
2002 - 2005Lecturer at Neuchâtel Law School
2001 - 2003Attorney-at-Law, Lalive & Partners (Geneva)
From 2001WIPO Domain Name Panelist
2001Bar Exam, Vaud (1st rank)
2000Dr iur., Lausanne Law School (summa cum laude, Bippert Prize, Walther Hug Prize, Lauréat University of Lausanne)
1997Lic. Iur., Lausanne Law School (magna com laude)


French, English, German


Ordre des Avocats Vaudois (OAV), Fédération suisse des avocats (FSA), Centre du droit de l’entreprise (CEDIDAC), Association Romande de Propriété Intellectuelle (AROPI), Institut für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (INGRES), International Trademark Association (INTA), MARQUES, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Philippe Gilliéron

Philippe Gilliéron


+41 21 711 71 00

Areas of expertise

  • Intellectual Property
  • Tech & Data
  • Commercial contracts
  • Litigation & Arbitration
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