Dr. Reinhard Oertli, LL.M.
Dr. Reinhard Oertli, LL.M.

Dr. Reinhard Oertli, LL.M.

Partner, Zurich

Schiffbaustrasse 2 | P.O. Box | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
Schiffbaustrasse 2 | P.O. Box | CH-8031 Zurich | Switzerland
T +41 58 552 03 40


Reinhard acts for a broad range of clients, mostly in the telecommunications and media sector, focusing on internet and cross-technology solutions. He represents clients in administrative procedures, litigation and arbitration and regularly sits as arbitrator (co-arbitrator and chairman). Reinhard helps to establish the legal structure for new business models in the area of new technologies and advises on software and data economy projects.

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Rankings & Awards

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  • Reinhard Oertli is an IP specialist, noted as “one of the main experts in Switzerland for copyright issues” by peers – Who’s Who Legal, National Leader IP Patent, 2022
  • Reinhard Oertli is recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA, Intellectual Property, 2022
  • “Reinhard Oertli is a very experienced and talented lawyer, who is able to handle the most difficult matters of the IP law. He possesses vast knowledge in his field. His approach is custom-tailored, he studies the presented question in detail, and at the same time, he possesses the ability to present very complicated and nuanced issues in a vivid and simple way” – Legal 500 EMEA, TMT, 2022
  • “Reinhard Oertli enjoys a strong reputation for his top-tier practice which covers cross-border and high-value patent and copyright disputes” – Who’s Who Legal, IP Patents, 2021
  • “Reinhard Oertli is highlighted for his impressive handling of high-value disputes across the data sector” – Who’s Who Legal, Data, 2021
  • “Reinhard Oertli has a wealth of specialist expertise handling IP matters across the telecommunications sector and is lauded for his abilities in cross-border litigation” – Who’s Who Legal, Patents, 2019
  • “The constructive and pragmatic Reinhard Oertli is recommended” – Legal 500 EMEA, 2019

Education & Admission

  • Admitted to the bar in New York (1990)
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M. (1989)
  • Admitted to the bar in Switzerland (1988)
  • University of Zurich, Dr. iur. (1988)
  • University of Zurich, lic. iur. (1982)

Memberships and public offices

  • Former Ordinary Judge at the Court of Cassation of the Canton of Zurich (until 2010)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Switzerland (AIPPI): Member of AIPPI Switzerland; Member of the Standing Committees on Digital Economy and Design Law; Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee on IP and Development of AIPPI International
  • American Bar Association Section (ABA), member of the Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) Task Force of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL)
  • Swiss Association for Intellectual Property Law (INGRES)
  • The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham)
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce for Switzerland (CCIS)
  • International Association of Italian Language Lawyers (AIGLI)
  • German Association for Law and IT (DGRI)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)


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  • Italian
  • French



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Reinhard Oertli is recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA, Intellectual Property, 2022