Partner, Dr. iur., M.A. HSG et MSc EE ETH

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Patent star 2022



Practice areas:

Patent litigation
Patent strategy & counseling

Industry sectors:

ICT & software

Rudolf A. Rentsch acts as consultant and as litigator in all areas of intellectual property law (in particular patent, trademark and copyright law) as well as competition law. He has vast experience in managing complex patent litigations as well as in coordinating international lawsuits. Further areas of expertise include ICT law (information and communication law), licensing law as well as legal and technical consultancy in the field of computers, software, the Internet and telecommunications. He is a member of the China Desk Association of Switzerland and has been involved in cross-border litigation and contract matters in Asia and the USA for many years.

Since 2010, he is a part-time judge at the Swiss Federal Patent Court. He was reelected by the United Federal Assembly of the Swiss Parliament for a second election term from 2018 to 2023.

In 2017, he was appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of Swiss Innovation Valley.

Rudolf A. Rentsch also significantly contributed to the very recent commentary on patent law published by Stämpfli (“Handkommentar zum Patentrecht”), which is expected to quickly establish itself as a standard reference due to its broad scope, covering not only the latest Swiss case law but also taking into account the practice of the European Patent Office and of the European Union. 


Year Joined Firm: 2017


  • Doctorate in jurisprudence (summa cum laude), University of Zurich
  • Master of law (magna cum laude), University of St. Gallen
  • Master of electrical engineering, ETH Zurich

Languages Spoken: German, English, French

Network Memberships:

  • LES (Licensing Executives Society – Association for Licensing, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property)
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • INGRES (Institute for Intellectual Property Rights)
  • Europa Institut at the University of Zurich
  • GRUR (German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright)
  • Swiss Association of Judges (SVR-ASM)
  • Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce: SCCC
  • swissICT (Swiss Association for Information and Communication Technology)
  • Zurich Association of legal practitioners (ZJV)



Last updated 17th July 2019