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





CHF 7'600.00

Comment on costs: 

If you register by December 31 2022, you will benefit from a "New Year's Special" 20% discount on course fees.

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.

More details about the implementation

Lectures/classes are held on Friday and Saturday.

Enquiries and contact


Center for Competition Law & Compliance


Dr. Stefanie Apeldoorn, European Patent Attorney bei Rheinmetall Air Defence AG

Anita Auten, IP Paralegal bei IPGATE AG; zuvor Senior IP Paralegal bei Rising Tide Foundation Group

Dr. Oliviana Calin-Eller, Patentanwältin bei E. Blum & Co. AG

Kate Coffey, Senior IP Counsel bei JC New Retail; zuvor Legal Counsel bei HUGO BOSS

Dr. Rolf Dittmann, Patentanwalt; European Patent Attorney  & Partner bei FREIGUTPARTNERS IP Law Firm

Volker Dohr, Dozent Compliance & Datenschutz ZHAW; zuvor Head Legal and Compliance bei AMAG

Dr. Roland Dux, Senior Patentanwalt bei DSM Nutritional Products AG; zuvor Head Patent Administration bei DSM Nutritional Products AG

Dr. Christian Ebner, Patentanwalt bei Rentsch Partner AG

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

Manuela Gisler, Senior IP Paralegal bei Hitachi Energy Switzerland AG; zuvor Senior IP Paralegal bei ABB Power GridsSwitzerland AG

Stephanie Hess, Senior IP Paralegal, Patent-, Marken- und Designsachbearbeiterin bei Rentsch Partner AG

Alexandra Kaltenstadler-Oesch, Patent Paralegal bei Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a Janssen Pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson

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

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

Joachim Künsch, Patentanwalt bei IPrime Künsch Patentanwälte GmbH

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

Christoph Prill, Head of Administration bei IPrime Rentsch Kaelin AG IP

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

Sebastian Saissi, Rechtsanwalt & Partner bei FREIGUTPARTNERS IP Law Firm

Susanne Schindler, IP Paralegal bei Rentsch Partner AG; zuvor IP Paralegal bei Lindt & Sprüngli

Dr. Stefan J. Schröter, Rechtsanwalt bei MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep AG

Matthias Schönwald, Patent/Trademark Paralegal bei E. Blum & Co. AG

Estelle Seiler, zuvor Rechtsanwältin bei MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep AG

Ramin Shafai, Studiengangsleiter CAS IP Paralegal, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW); Partner, E. Blum & Co. AG

Nicole Stäheli, IP Paralegal bei MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep AG

David Stärkle, Dozent, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften & RA, Eidgenössisches Institut für GestigesEigentum

Dr. Birgit Weil, Studiengangsleiterin CAS IP Paralegal, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW); Partnerin bei WEIL Legal

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

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Admission requirements

  • 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
17.02.2023 17.01.2023 Application

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