Martin Hitz


Troller Hitz Troller
Schweizerhofquai 2
CH-6002 Luzern

Tel: +41 41 417 40 01


Dr. Martin Hitz (born 1937) joined the law office of Prof. Dr. Alois Troller and Josi J. Meier in Lucerne as a partner in 1970 and has been with the present firm of Troller Hitz Troller ever since.

Dr. Martin Hitz attended the Universities of Zurich and Berne, receiving his doctor’s degree from the latter in 1972 with a thesis on the shareholder’s right to dividends under the laws of the states of New York and Delaware. He earned a Master of Comparative Law degree after postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago Law School.

The main emphasis of the work of Dr. Martin Hitz is in intellectual property law and the law on competition, especially patent and design law, trademark and copyright law, unfair competition law as well as international contract law and notarial acts.

Dr. Martin Hitz deals with the worldwide filing and prosecution of trademarks and designs and attends to several substantial trademark portfolios.

He represents clients in court proceedings in most of the German speaking Swiss cantons and provides counselling. Since 1970 he also acts as a Notary of the Canton of Lucerne.

Dr. Martin Hitz is a member of numerous national and international professional associations, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), AIPPI Switzerland, Association Littéraire et Artistique International (ALAI), Int. Liga für Wettbewerbsrecht (Switzerland: former President) (LIDC), Institut für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (INGRES) and the Lucerne and Swiss Bar Associations.

He is a board member in several foundations. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of several companies. He acted as a member of the Lucerne Bar Exam Commission. He is a member of the Lions Club Lucerne since 1972 and a member of honour of the Lucerne Arts Society as a former President.

Languages: German, English, French and Italian.

Intellectual Property law comprises in particular the areas of patent law, trademark law, design law, and copyright law. Other closely-connected areas are the laws relating to company-names, information technology, and domain names.

In this field, we are among the leading law offices in Switzerland.

Included in our services in the field of intellectual property law are the worldwide filing and administration of trademarks and designs, the development of trademark strategies, carrying out searches of all kinds, trademark monitoring, and drafting license agreements.

The law office of Troller Hitz Troller was founded in 1941; we are active throughout Switzerland and, by tradition, internationally as well, having offices in Lucerne and Berne. We have a well co-ordinated worldwide network of foreign associates.

Our main practice areas are: intellectual property law, competition law, commercial and corporation law, banking law, notarial functions

We act as consultants and advisors for our clients and we also act on their behalf before the Courts of most Swiss cantons.

“Highlighted by peers for having a key presence in the market, Patrick Troller advises on global trade mark filings and prosecutions. He also assists clients with copyright and design law, with additional expertise in handling unfair competition matters within the IP field.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017