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Anne-Virginie La Spada


Intellectual Property
Unfair Competition
Commercial Contracts
Commercial Litigation
Internet Law
Media and New Technologies

Anne-Virginie La Spada advises Swiss and international clients of the Firm in the areas of intellectual property (trademarks, designs, copyright), unfair competition and internet law. She regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property and before the courts. She is an expert for domain name disputes with WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. In the contractual field, Anne-Virginie has an in-depth experience of negotiating and drafting IP related agreements (including franchising, licensing and publishing agreements) as well as commercial contracts, especially in the fields of distribution and e-commerce. General terms & conditions of sale and privacy policies for online platforms also belong to her practice areas.

Spoken languages : French, English and German

Professional career


Admitted to the Bar 1995 (New York), 1998 (Switzerland)
University of Lausanne (Licence en droit, 1993; Doctorat en droit, 1998)
Cornell University, USA (LL.M., 1994)

Career history

Partner with BMG Avocats, Geneva, since 2013
Associate with BMG Avocats, Geneva, 1998-2013
Trainee Lawyer with BMG Avocats, Geneva, 1996-1998
Panelist with WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center for domain name disputes, since 2000


Geneva Bar Association 
Swiss Bar Association
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
MARQUES - Association of European Trade Mark Owners
International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI)
Licensing Executives Society (LES)
Art Law Centre, Geneva
Association of International Business Lawyers


Switzerland: Designs Laws and Regulations 2022, in International Comparative Legal Guide - Designs 2022

A note of caution to Internet players: banal photographs now enjoy copyright protection in Switzerland, on, September 2020

Goodwill indemnity for distributors (and franchisees?): recent developments, in Blog de la Fédération Suisse de la Franchise, 23 December 2019

La propriété intellectuelle dans le procès civil, report on the seminar AROPI-LES of September 8, 2015, in sic! 2016, p. 105 ss.

Commentary of Trademark protection Law Art. 5-10 and Design Law art. 22-23, in Commentaire romand - Propriété intellectuelle, éd. Helbing Lichtenhahn, 2013 

Published under Anne-Virginie Gaide:

Copyright, Trademarks and Trade Dress: Overlap or Conflict for Cartoon Characters?, in Proceedings of the ALAI Congress, June 13-17, 2001, New York, 2002

Le nouveau Règlement européen sur les dessins et modèles communautaires, in on-line review Relevant (, 2002

Le droit d'auteur, in Guide pratique du chef d'entreprise (WEKA), Zurich, 1999

La protection des personnages fictifs par le droit d'auteur, Doctoral Thesis, Berne, 1998

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