Dr Rolf Auf der Maur > VISCHER > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

8021 Zurich
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Work Department

Information and Communication Technology, Media and Entertainment, Intellectual Property


Partner, Head of Information and Communication Technology, Head of Media and Entertainment


Court clerk, associate with a mid-sized law firm specialising in intellectual property matters, associate with an internationally-oriented law firm in Zurich, intellectual property department of a leading law firm in London (1994), partner in a mid sized law firm in Zurich, lecturer for online law, co-founder of VISCHER in 2000.


German, English, French.


Co-Head of the legal circle at Swico, the Swiss ICT and Online Industry Association; Member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers; International Bar Association; Licensing Executives Society Association; Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Proprièté Intellectuelle; Forum on Communication Law; Swiss Institute for Industrial Property.


University of Zurich (lic. iur., 1988; Dr. iur., 1990); continuing education in entertainment law at the University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA (1992).


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Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

Rolf Auf der MaurVISCHER

VISCHER is ‘one of the go-to firms in Switzerlandfor data privacy and data protection‘. It facilitates digital transformation projects for companies in the finance and energy sectors, and advises pharmaceutical companies – including Piqur Therapeutics AG – on requirements during clinical trials. Managing associate Thomas Steiner is able to ‘explain complex aspects in a way that helps‘; in recent work, he assisted the Swiss Bar Association with shaping regulations. Steiner and Rolf Auf der Maur ‘are both valued experts in the field‘. Other highlights include advising Hocoma and Tiko Energy Solutions on Swiss and EU data privacy laws relating to their respective cloud-based connected care and power solutions. David Rosenthal, who was a new arrival in 2020, heads the team.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

VISCHER is highly regarded for its healthcare, TMT and transport practices as well as its expertise in capital markets, M&A, public law, competition and litigation matters. Key at the firm include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Benedict ChristStefan Rechsteiner and Christian OetikerMichael Waldner, Klaus Neff and Christian Wyss are other names to note. David Rosenthal was a new arrival in 2020.

Switzerland > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Rolf Auf der MaurVISCHER

Clients appreciate VISCHER‘s ‘fast response times, great flexibility‘ and ‘good business sense‘ when handling cloud-based software as a service offerings, cross-border data security and GDPR issues, and IT sourcing transactions. The team advised Tiko on the business-to-business and customer agreements for its energy consumption optimisation service and is assisting Swisscom AG with various matters following on from representing it in Switzerland’s first ISP blocking case. Practice head Rolf Auf der Maur has ‘excellent knowledge‘ and is noted for his ‘transparent working methods‘. Other work, largely led by Basel-based Christian Wyss, involves third-party collaboration and software licensing agreements for DigitalPK, Skillue and Sympany. David Rosenthal was a new arrival in 2020.

Switzerland > Intellectual property

VISCHER‘s IP practice handles patent litigation and protection strategies, copyright licensing and agreements for online models and video on demand (VOD) platforms, and trade mark portfolio management. Highlights included team head Stefan Kohler co-ordinating the European market launch of Migros Delica’s new coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, and Rolf Auf der Maur successfully defending Swisscom in the first-ever national ISP blocking case. Christian Wyss focuses on due diligence and M&A-related cases.