Managing Partner
Patent and Trademark Attorney
Judge at the Federal Patent Court


A physicist by training, André Roland has more than 30 years of experience in the field of intellectual property. He started working as an examiner at the European Patent Office (Berlin) and then became the Manager of an IP department of a pharmaceuticals company.

In 1998, he founded the ANDRE ROLAND IP Firm, which he still manages today.

Since 2011, he also acts as Deputy Judge at the Patent Federal Court.

In addition to managing the firm, he dedicates an important part of his time to strategic consulting, to the technical and legal assessment of intangible assets, and to the development of tools designed for the protection of our clients’ innovations and designs. His core activity is in the patent field as well as in the trademarks, designs and plant breeding sectors.


  • Global advice to clients in IP matters
  • Preparation of patent applications
  • Patent and non-patent literature research
  • Patentability analysis
  • Trademarks, designs and plant breeding
  • IP audits
  • Due Diligence
  • Litigation
  • Freedom to operate studies
  • Advice relating to infringement and counterfeiting
  • Education and conferences


French - English - German


Swiss Patent Attorney
Judge at the Federal Patent Court
Certificate in Human Physiology
Master’s Degree in Physics


  • Medical technology
  • Physics
  • Health
  • Connected objects
  • Nanotechnology
  • Packaging
  • Sports
  • Industrial systems and devices
  • Transport
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Constructions
  • Devices
  • Environmental technology
  • Transdisciplinary technologies

Professionnal experience

2011 - Present Judge at the Federal Patent Court, St-Gall, Switzerland
1998 - Present Founder and Managing Partner of ANDRE ROLAND
1995 - 1998 Development and management of the IP department, Debiopharm SA, Lausanne, Switzerland
1990 - 1995 Examiner at the European Patent Office, Berlin, Germany
1988 - 1990 Professor of pre-university mathematics and physics, Lausanne, Switzerland


1987-1988 Human Physiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
1983-1988 Physics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland