Peter D. Rigling

Professional activity

After studying at ETH Zurich, where he graduated as Dipl. El.-Ing. ETH, Peter D. Rigling spent two years in the USA, where he worked as a technical assistant at the medical faculty of the University of Miami and simultaneously completed a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. With his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, he joined the development department of a Swiss company as a project and group leader working in the field of "medical imaging" based on nuclear magnetic resonance. His interest in industrial property rights led him to join the patent and legal department of a large telecoms company in 1990 to train as a patent attorney. In 1995, he joined a medium-sized patent law firm in the Zurich area as a professional representative before the European Patent Office, where I was a partner and co-owner from 1999 to 2020. In 2013, he was elected as a part-time judge at the Federal Patent Court by the Federal Assembly. In 2021, he founded RIGLING IP AG. The cooperation of Keller Schneider and RIGLING IP AG is an optimal complement for both sides, from which primarily clients benefit.

Areas of expertise

  • general electrical engineering
  • digital signal processing
  • medical technology
  • computer-related inventions
  • telecommunications
  • metrology
  • mechanical inventions
  • Internet applications
  • manufacturing processes
  • Process technology


since 2021Establishment of his own patent law firm
since 2013Judge at the Federal Patent Court
1996-2020Partner and co-owner of a medium-sized patent law firm in the Zurich area
1995Admission as representative before the European Patent Office (European Patent Attorney)