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CAS Intellectual Property Paralegal


You will receive specialist training that will qualify you for work in the administration and management of intellectual property. In addition to basic legal knowledge, you will acquire the knowhow to administer and manage patents, trademarks, and designs. The course is aimed at paralegals working with intellectual property.

The lessons are held by a paralegal and an IP attorney, which creates lively and well-founded lessons. For the 2021 implementation, the focus will be more on the following intellectual properties:

- Intellectual property rights in Asia;

- Patent law;

- Design law.

At a glance

Qualification: Certificate of Advanced Studies ZFH in Intellectual Property Paralegal (12 ECTS)

Start: 21.01.2022

Duration: 15 day

Costs: CHF 7'600.00

Comment on costs: 

The price includes all course materials and examination fees (excluding re-examination fee).


Location: Campus ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur. The course is offered hybrid (Webex).

Language of instruction: English
Course materials are in English. Answers to exam questions may also be given in German.

CAS Intellectual Property Paralegal

Objectives and content

Target audience

The program is aimed at employees in legal, patent, and trademark departments of companies, organizations, and institutions as well as at employees of law firms, patent law firms, and public administrations.


IP paralegals…

  • know the importance of IP and the national and international fundamentals of intellectual property law;
  • are able to deal independently with the essential procedures in trademark, design, and patent law for the acquisition and maintenance of intellectual property rights;
  • learn to use the standard IP tools needed for research and registration purposes;
  • know how IP rights are filed, secured, and defended internationally (US, CN, EU, etc.); and
  • can calculate national and international procedural costs and prepare offers.


The CAS program consists of the following modules:

  • Fundamentals of IP Management
  • Practical Aspects of IP Management

Diploma Award Ceremony

The ceremonial presentation of the diplomas takes place at the annual Paralegal Forum, to which you are cordially invited.


The program is characterized by methodological diversity, presentations,, interactive teaching and learning, and case studies.

In addition to lectures, discussions, and self-study, the program includes an excursion.


Lectures/classes are held on Friday and Saturday.

Enquiries and contact



Livia Andermatt, Senior IP Counsel bei Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Dr. Stefanie Apeldoorn-Rassow, Senior IP Counsel bei Hitachi ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG

Anita Auten, IP Paralegal bei IPGATE AG

Alessandra Casutt, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Zentrum für Wettbewerbsrecht und Compliance ZHAW

Kate Coffey, Trademark Attorney bei Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG

Volker Dohr, Dozent Compliance & Datenschutz ZHAW

Dr. Roland Dux, Senior Patentanwalt, DSM Nutritional Products AG

Föllmi Patrik, Senior IP Paralegal, Teamleiter der Patent-, Marken- und Designsachbearbeiter, Rentsch Partner AG

Manuela Gisler, Senior IP Paralegal, ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG

Tanja Jäger,  Assistent CEO and Chairman bei Sika

Matthias Käch, Senior IP-Trainer, Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum

Dr. Alfred Köpf, Partner und Patentanwalt bei Rentsch Partner AG

Joachim Künsch, Patentanwalt bei Künsch Patentanwälte GmbH

Louis Lagler, Partner und Patentanwalt bei Rentsch Partner

Julia Morawe, IP Paralegal bei Rentsch Partner AG

Claudia Pohl, IP Paralegal, Patentanwälte Schaad Balass Menzl & Partner AG

Christoph Prill, IP Paralegal bei Iprime Legal AG

Dr. Antje Rey, Partnerin bei E. Blum & Co. AG

Susanne Schindler, Paralegal bei Wild Schnyder AG

Dr. Stefan J. Schröter, Associate bei Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG

Estelle Seiler, Rechtsanwältin bei Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG

Ramin Shafai, Partner bei E. Blum & Co. AG

Nicole Stäheli, IP Paralegal bei Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG

Chantal Styger, IP Paralegal bei Lindt und Sprüngli

David Stärkle, Dozent, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften & RA, Managing Director bei Association Swissness Enforcement

Dr. Birgit Weil, Rechtsanwältin bei Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG

Dr. Michael Widmer, Dozent für Datenschutzrecht, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

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  • University degree or diploma from a professional college (professional education institution)
  • At least three years’ professional experience

Professionals without a university degree may be admitted if they have at least five years of professional experience in a legal and/or IP working environment. Admission is decided by the head of the program based on the documents submitted by applicants.

Information for applicants

Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.

Start Application deadline Registration link
21.01.2022 on request Application

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