Nicoleta Lazar


Trademark Paralegal

Joined Katzarov in 2019


Hobbies & Personal information

Owns more books than shoes and can spend hours in a library; loves animals (but runs away from spiders!); can live off cheese alone.

“I am a trademark paralegal, since 2011, mainly specialized in trademark and design registration, with secondary experience in patents registration procedures. I started working in the IP field in 2011 in a multinational company, in the International Recordals department, and then changed for their Trademark Department and Legal Department (at the same time), at different locations of the company. I switched then to a temporary assignment as patent paralegal for six months to a multinational company in the automotive industry, followed by a similar position in a small Patent Firm in Haute Savoie. In 2019 I joined KATZAROV SA, where I currently manage a variety of procedures related to trademarks, for clients coming from various fields, e.g. duty-free travel, food, or shoes industries.”

Education

Certification CPA (Certificate of Patent Assistant)
INPI | France
Master’s Degree in European Studies
University of AI.I. Cuza | Romania
Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Law
University of AI.I. Cuza | Romania

Languages

English, French, Romanian 

Primary Expertise

Trademarks, Availability Searches; Filing, Prosecution, Renewals; Recordals

Secondary Expertise

Filing, Administrative procedures, Registration



Anastassia Grünig


Senior Trademark Assistant

Joined Katzarov in 2000


Hobbies & Personal information

She likes sport, hiking, cooking, music and spending time with her family and friends. Few are those who have seen her without lipstick. Her salad dressing is always served on the side.

“I started working in the private banking field. I have been involved in the filed of Intellectual property since 2000 and am now a senior trademark assistant.”    

Education
Master of Management and Business Administration
University of Management | Moscow

Languages

French, English, Russian

Primary Expertise

Prosecution (filing through registration) of trademarks, notably in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as in Central Asia: global portfolio management (databases, analysis, documents, billing), trademark searches, classification, modifications and recordals renewals.

Secondary Expertise
IP legislation and international agreements procedures; in-depth examination of applications for national/international registration of marks; irregularity letters and related queries in accordance with the applicable legal framework; substantive examination procedures, responses to provisional refusals.



Denise Meier


Katzarov’s Manual Assistant

Joined Katzarov in 2005


Hobbies & Personal information

Enjoys walking in nature, Pilates, cooking, baking and reading. Great fan of exotic countries, with a soft spot for the Maldives.

“I am responsible for Katzarov’s Manual on Industrial Property, which is an online IP reference tool for IP practitioners, covering information on over 200 jurisdictions. My job involves collecting and analyzing the latest IP changes/developments from all over the world assuring the conformity of the Manual in real time. I am also responsible for the daily accounting and client contact for the Manual. Liaising with our local agents, cultivate relations with them and assure the Manual’s exposure are also a large part of my job.”

Education

Bachelor of Arts History
University of Manchester | England

Languages

English, French, German, Swiss German 

Primary Expertise

Industrial property, web administration, client liaison.

Secondary Expertise

Accounting



Karin Guignard


Patent Assistant

Joined Katzarov in 2003


Hobbies & Personal information

Enjoys walking and being out in the open air, traveling and meeting people from different cultures, when she is not immersed in her reading, movies, or listening to music. Spends most of her free time with her family.

“I graduated from Lausanne University in 2002 with a degree in Egyptology. I started my professional life working for a gemmological laboratory and a tourist publication. I was recruited by Katzarov in 2003 and I learned everything on-the-job, starting out as an assistant in the trademark department. During that formation period I also worked in the patent department, on a part-time basis, in charge of annuities. Then I worked as a trademark assistant for years, monitoring our clients’ portfolios worldwide. On June 1, 2021, I started working exclusively for the patent department.”

Education

Master of Arts specialization: Egyptology
University of Lausanne | Switzerland

Languages

French, English, Italian, German

Primary Expertise

Trademarks (trademark availability searches, filing and registration, prosecution, responses to official actions, recordals, declarations of use, renewals); monitoring of patent portfolios from filing to grant in Switzerland and abroad.

Secondary Expertise

Retail services, chemical industry, agro-food industry, textile industry, heavy industry, language schools, entertainment, sports, tobacco, biopharmaceutical industry.



Jessye Freymond


Patent & Design Paralegal 

Joined Katzarov in 2015


Hobbies & Personal information

Good food is her religion – will never say no to a cheese fondue, even in the middle of summer (and do not forget the dry meats and pickles!) Always on for trying new activities and discovering vacations spots. Recently started practicing via ferrata to overcome her fear of heights. Next goal: van life holidays.

“I joined Katzarov in 2015, I started with a temporary position with the Trademark Department before joining the Patent Department as a junior assistant. I have since developed my skills and knowledge in national and international patent procedures and confirming the same by successfully obtaining a Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS) IP Paralegal from the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) at the beginning of 2020.”

Education

Certificate of Advance Studies IP Paralegal
Zürich University of Applied Sciences | Switzerland
Master’s Degree in Communication
University of Geneva | Switzerland
Bachelor in International Relations
University of Geneva | Switzerland

Languages

French, English, basic knowledge of German

Primary Expertise

Management of patent and design portfolios at the national and international level (filing until grant) before the Intellectual Property Offices.

Secondary Expertise

Designs, Patricia® Super User



Sandra Fontana


Trademark & Design Paralegal

Joined Katzarov in 2008


Hobbies & Personal information

Skiing, music, travelling, movies, theatre, vintage cars.

“With Katzarov since 2008, my experience includes handling all aspects of trademark prosecution and maintenance with the Swiss Trademark Office and WIPO, as well as maintaining, docketing, preparing and filing of applications, related documents and post registration documents.

I am also regularly conducting trademark screening searches and analyze results with respect to the availability of marks for use and/or registration. I coordinate and monitor the filing and maintenance of international trademark applications and registrations, including maintaining files, docketing, analyzing watch notices, reviewing correspondence from foreign counsel, drafting responses, and gathering and providing foreign counsel with information/documentation necessary to prosecute/maintain trademark applications and registrations.”

Education

Certificate of Advance Studies IP Paralegal
Zürich University of Applied Sciences | Switzerland

CFC (Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training) | Switzerland

Languages

French, English, German

Primary Expertise

Prosecution, maintenance and enforcement trademarks worldwide.

Secondary Expertise

Prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of designs worldwide.



Clémence Blameuser


Trademark Assistant & Project Coordinator

Joined Katzarov in 2017


Hobbies & Personal information

Passionate about coffee and full of energy (or maybe the other way around!); passionate about travels but did only one world tour; passionate about her cat Hercules (who is definitely not fat); passionate about anything that goes with cheese; in short, passionate.

“I started working in the field of IP as a student job at Bugnion SA. Then I joined the department in charge of Intellectual Property at Rolex SA for 2 years as part of my Master’s Degree, before joining Katzarov SA as a Trademark Assistant.

My role consists in assisting the different teams in the administrative management of trademark applications and registrations (preparation, submissions and follow-up, registrations in Switzerland and worldwide, time/deadlines management, trademark search preparation, billing, global administrative management, etc.). 

I am also Project Coordinator for various internal topics related to the firm and I regularly coordinate interdisciplinary actions carried out by team members from other departments (IT issues daily management, website redesign, new management software implementation, etc.).

At last, I am in charge of our clients’ portfolio analysis as well as their area of activity, in order to always adapt best to our clientele’s needs and to offer tailor-made services.”

Other information

A smiling person, dynamic, autonomous and team-oriented

Education
Master’s Degree in International Development and Marketing
Business School of Geneva | Switzerland
University Degree in Intellectual Property
University of Lille | France

Bachelor in International Relations
Business School of Ville-la-Grand | France

Languages

French, English

Primary Expertise

Trademark Assistant  

Secondary Expertise

Project coordinator, Super User Patricia®