Financial Times has ranked us #2 in Germany and #8 in Europe, for 2019
This listing of Europe’s leading patent law firms is based on recommendations by clients and peers. The methodology is here
And here is the newspaper article:
“IP strategy that leads to robust and cost effective patent filings across several geographies”
As a co-founder of a technology startup I had a rare opportunity to participate in a hearing with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). At the time, we had received three office actions, in which the examiner rejected our patent application because of a perceived lack of inventive step. We had replied with extensive substantive arguments, to which the examiner replied with new clarity objections, still rejecting our patent application. After careful preparation by Martin and his team – we attended the hearing at IPOS together with him and his senior patent engineer Tan Chong Teck. Martin was extremely focused on clarifying the outstanding questions from examiner which allowed us to answer these with the support of documentation available. Martin clearly explained the situation to the Examiner, citing fact and reasoning. It was a rare moment for me to see Martin use the full width of his professional expertise to secure the patent for us.
“You want to have Martin in your own team, and not as an adversary.”
Martin and I worked together in a large international patent litigation team, representing a Japanese defendant against a German plaintiff before the High Court in Singapore. Martin turned out to be a very versatile team player for patent matters. Not only did he play a material role with the patent (non-)infringement and patent invalidity of the Singapore patent proceedings, he also attacked the sister EP patent with 3rd-party observations in already ongoing opposition proceedings. The sister EP paten was eventually revoked, and this had thereby also put the plaintif´s SG patent in suit in question. Martin supported the litigation team tremendously in navigating our expert witness meetings. And it was Martin who helped highlight and tenaciously persevered a late amendment issue of the patent in suit, which ultimately tipped the balance towards the defendant. In patent litigation matters, you want to have Martin in your own team, and not as an adversary.
“Following Martin’s recommendations has saved our client a six-digits amount of money, and five (5) years in processing time.”
When we were notified by the Singapore customs that there is a border seizure of counterfeit goods that were knock-offs of the products of one of our clients, I have asked Martin to come in for supporting us in Singapore.
Using his huge local network in Singapore, Martin got a court order for detaining the seized counterfeit goods in no time. He then engaged in negotiations with the freight forwarding company and finally destroyed the seized goods in a local waste incineration plant. This was documented on the front page of the local newspaper, this was a great PR for our client!
As we only see now, following Martin’s recommendations to handle this case has saved our client a six-digits amount of money, and five (5) years in processing time.
“They are able to draft patent applications with a minimal input, even for business methods”
Martin and his team has been the exclusive firm we have used for all our patent and trademark applications from Day 1. I would recommend them to anyone in Europe or SE-Asia. At the end of the day, good patents get written and approved by people. Getting a patent approved by an examiner requires a conversation between human beings. Martin and his team excel at that human element of the patent process and have always come through for us. One of the things I most appreciate about Martin and his team is their straightforward approach when it comes to patent drafting. Martin and his team are quick to convert difficult technical subject matter into a patentable description of an invention. They are able to draft patent applications with a minimal input, even for business methods. Martin and his team are brilliant at what they do but they never make you feel stupid for not being an expert in the confusing, esoteric world of Patent Law. They handle that aspect and let you focus on running your business and developing new solutions for your clients. We have already recommended Martin and his team to several friends and colleagues. We sincerely appreciate all the help they have given us so far.
“Consider it done.”
Martin and his teams in Munich and Singapore took the East-Asia and Germany roles in a world-wide anti-counterfeiting team that my firm managed for a big MNC from Germany. One single sentence describes best how working with him is: “consider it done”.
“… a successful combination of German attention to details and Singaporean efficiency.”
I was introduced to Martin and his Firm by my colleagues in Singapore, when I asked for an independent professional support with local laws and contracts. Martin’s response was immediate and he has always been available when required despite the different time zone between us. What impressed me in Martin’s approach is a successful combination of German attention to details and Singaporean efficiency. His in-depth knowledge of not only Singaporean laws but also of local culture and customs helped us to define the way of working in a new environment (for me) and to reach rather quickly a win-win result. I would definitely recommend Martin and his Firm to whoever needs an independent professional support with local laws and contracts in Singapore. (The reference provided is that of my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Airbus Defence and Space Ltd)
“Professional work with German efficiency.”
Working with Schweiger & Partners was an absolute pleasure. Martin’s extensive knowledge and experience were very apparent during our interactions. I would not hesitate to recommend Schweiger and Partners.
“It were ultimately our patent applications that played a convincing role in selling and licensing our idea to an investor.”
Martin is not only a highly skilled patent lawyer but also a versatile engineer. Initially he and his team helped us with a very complex patent in the domain of acoustic signal processing. Martin was recommended to me as an outstanding patent lawyer, but he turned out to be the right person who was going support us creating a successful patent portfolio. He added value to our fairly complicated patents not only on his legal but also technical strength. Martin impressed me in many respects: He proved to be super-professional, always using the right words, being straight-forward, and moving in the right direction. Briefly, he listened carefully to our legal and technical concerns with a lot of patience even when we had to run night shifts together to meet submission deadlines. And he was very understanding of the fact that we were working with a limited budget. It was ultimately our patent applications that played a convincing role in selling and licensing our idea to an investor.
“… a deep understanding of the Common Law system and the Continental Law system.”
Martin and I know each other from the German Patent and Trademarks Office where we worked together in 1995 as junior patent examiners. I noticed right away that Martin is a quick learner, and that he had more practical experience, knowledge and competence than any other in our group. We kept in contact through the years and recently we worked together in a multinational patent infringement case, where Martin gave prove of his exemplary customer orientation and outstanding competence, combined with a deep understanding of the Common Law system and the Continental Law system. I must say that I was impressed. Needless to say that we won.
“… professional and always moving the project in the right direction.”
Martin was recommended to me as an outstanding patent attorney by one of my acquaintances. Martin sincerely impressed me in many respects. In my experience, he proved to be a professional and always moving the project in the right direction. I remember one case vividly. Martin studied the case, and he listened carefully to our legal and technical concerns with a lot of patience. He gave us very valuable advice regarding the critical legal aspects of the case, but what impressed me most was his ability to also adding value to a fairly complicated negotiation. Every word he said seemed to tilt the balance in our favor. Martin then filed a patent revocation request with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. As a consequence of our case, the Singapore Patents Act has later been changed. This was quite a convincing demonstration of Martin´s professional abilities as a patent attorney, I must say.
“A pleasure to work with folks who not only know the legal ropes but also get the engineering and technical aspects”
Martin provides high-quality intellectual property legal advice, packed into a personal experience. It has been a pleasure to work with folks who not only know the legal ropes but also get the engineering and technical aspects. Martin is not only very approachable, helpful and quick to understand complex issues for our patent applications. One of the most impressive experiences with Martin was when he helped me negotiate a very favorable service agreement with a much larger competitor. This service agreement relationship with our competitor later – as my company grew bigger – turned sour, and it came out in court that one of the regulations that Martin had worded into the original service agreement ultimately saved my company. I would highly recommend Martin and his team.
“Their “can do” attitude actually helps to get things done efficiently and to sort out challenges in a practical manner”
Schweiger and Partners stick out against their competition, because of the depth of understanding for technical aspects, which allows them to zoom in on relevant IP. I appreciate their holistic approach to IP strategy, asking the right questions in the interest of their client, rather than just filing a patent. On top of that, their “can do” attitude means they actually help to get things done efficiently and sort out challenges in a practical manner, which helped us overcome difficult situations more than once.
“A wide range of business experiences”
Schweiger & Partners were able to advise and guide us on the processes for the trademark matters. They made it easy for us to understand as a layman. The whole process was smooth with minimal disruptions and the team brought along with them a wide range of business experiences to share with us and helped us to improve on our business. Overall, it was an enriching experience because we got to know the procedures and understood what a trademark is all about.
“Highly attentive and with great effort”
Schweiger & Partners helped us in implementing our IP strategy. They were highly attentive to all our requests and made great efforts in understanding the intricacies of our business.
“Patient and attentive listeners”
The Schweiger & Partners team listened to what our company’s needed with patience and paying attention to fine details. Once company’s need is articulated, the sequence consultations were extremely effective. Martin brings with him a wealth of business experience that he is willing to share. He has given us many good suggestions. Overall it is a great experience working with Schweiger and Partners.
“Reliable service and solid advice”
Schweiger & Partners’ work on our IP went beyond time and place – 2am meeting at Changi airport! We’ve completed timely and will explore more services in future.
“A unique experience for me to see Martin acting in a very professional way in order to destroy the patent in suit.”
I could personally see Martin acting in professional full force during oral proceedings before the Appeal Chamber of the European Patent Office (EPO). We have instructed him to attack a granted business method patent that stood against our own technology. Martin showed great professionalism in spontaneously connecting with the legal representative of the co-opponent in attacking the opposed patent with very selected sharp and short arguments. It was like watching two wolves hunting down a fox who was desperately trying to defend itself against death. It was a unique experience for me to see Martin acting in a very professional way in order to destroy the patent in suit.
“Wise and smooth guidance in the area of IP”
With the experience and knowledge from the Schweiger & Partners team, they have guide us to protect our IP wisely and smoothly. No question about it.
“IP with an interface to online marketing.”
Schweiger & Partners helped us understand the role of IP for startup companies. I have learnt about landing pages – very important way to market products. Martin spent a great deal of time talking about this. I would like to work with them again on our IP strategy.
“A deep understanding of IP enforcement on an international basis.”
Shortly after we were notified by our client Megastar that the Singapore customs made a border seizure of counterfeit goods in one the containers that our client was shipping, Martin presented me a court order for detaining the seized counterfeit goods and suggested to amically negotiate a settlement between our clients. I was quite surprised how swift these negotiations with Martin’s client came to a conclusion, while the negotiations with the other plaintiffs went nowhere. Myself being a shipping lawyer with a 30 years trial experience, I have then asked Martin to come on board as an expert witness for our client. Which he did. Martin – based on his 23+ years of experience in the area of Intellectual Property enforcement – has supported my firm Asia Ascent in the ongoing trademark infringement court case in Singapore, through first and second instance, with valuable information and practical advice about international IP enforcement practice. And we have won our court case.
“Professional work with software patents”
We are glad that we had chosen Schweiger & Partners to help us with software patent. They had worked professionally to guide us through the IP journey and advise us along the way. This really helped us who have totally no idea about IP and patent.
“Schweiger & Partner is walking the extra-mile”
The team at Schweiger & Partners takes time to go through and understand what your company does before preparation of a report. They go the extra mile to advise you on your business than just patent and trademark filing. They work with patience and speed. Brilliant!
Schweiger & Partners provided great advice and information on patents. Martin and team is experienced and will see that our intellectual property is well protected.
They have a real knack for working with you to find an approach that is both effective and fits into your strategy
Martin and his team are competent, organized, and responsive, and are always willing to talk you through the options at every stage to find what is the best choice for you. They have a real knack for working with you to find an approach that is both effective and fits into your strategy. It’s always a pleasure to work with them.
Tunnel Technique Engineering Pte. Ltd., Singapore