Invaluable guidance for building a business off of an innovative idea
Martin Schweiger’s 4×4 Innovation Strategy has invaluable guidance for budding entrepreneurs looking to build a business off of an innovative idea. Its methodical approach has helped me avoid legal traps which most other avenues don’t warn you of, all while proving the idea at the fastest possible speed.
Thanks to his genuine desire to guide entrepreneurs, we’ve managed to systematically develop an innovative product with proven demand while ensuring that we always had protectable IP.
An excellent guide for newbie and want-to-be entrepreneurs
I found a copy of Martin’s 4×4 shotgun edition in my downloads (I must have got distracted and forgot I downloaded it).
This is an excellent guide for newbie and want-to-be entrepreneurs.
Definitely recommended reading material.
I highly recommended their speed results and quality of service
Martin’s team has helped us efficiently in setting up a fully operative company in Singapore within only weeks, inclusive of obtaining bank accounts and a work permit for a director from Europe. This sounds like a straightforward task, but it is surprisingly not.
Martin leveraged on his local network of business service providers and rushed them through the process so that everything was set on a “fast track”.
That was expensive but a hundred percent worth it.
I highly recommended their speed results and quality of service!
Martin Introduced Me To His 4×4 Innovation Strategy Model
Martin introduced me to his 4×4 Innovation Strategy model and I found that his way of putting innovation over time helps tremendously to improve the life of inventors and IP practitioners. Had I received his great advice earlier in my career, this could have saved me a lot of money working with small inventors.
Extremely knowledgeable about the patent process, patent strategy and how to make it work for you
Extremely knowledgeable about the patent process, patent strategy and how to make it work for you. Martin and his team are easy to work with. Their knowledge saved us a ton of money where previous patent attorney’s I have worked capitalized on my lack of knowledge of the patent process. They are definitely a value-added trusted patent advisor where others I have worked with are value-subtracted. I would definitely recommend without any hesitation Martin and his team to anyone who has patent needs.
We have been Nominated as Supporting Partner for the TechInnovation 2020 Convention & We are also Exhibiting there
We have been nominated as a “supporting partner” for the 2020 TECHINNOVATION convention, organized by the government of Singapore.
This event is meant to be a technology-industry brokerage event. There were 25 companies from Singapore and 32 companies from overseas countries such as Korea, US, Finland, Sweden, UK, and others. And there were 15 universities and academic institutes, as well as 7 government bodies, all mostly from Singapore.
The event was meant to bring together international and Singapore technology providers and seekers, in order to explore technology and business collaboration opportunities.
You can see our “Schweiger & Partners” logo on the sponsor page: https://www.techinnovation.com.sg/#sponsor
And that is not all, we are also exhibiting our latest innovation, the “Patent Drafting Automation Tool” here: https://www.techinnovation.com.sg/technologies/detail/T10247
“Great passion and attitude. Appreciate the support”
Very knowledgeable, forthcoming, and open in sharing how best can one navigate the intellectual property environment. Great passion and attitude. Appreciate the support.
Financial Times has again ranked us among the 16 best Patent Attorney firms in Europe, for 2020
This listing of Europe’s leading patent law firms is based on recommendations by clients and peers.
Survey participants could recommend firms both in general and by specialities, categorised into six sectors. More than 10,000 patent attorneys working in patent law firms or in the patent departments of companies, as well as clients, were directly invited to take part in the survey. The sample was collected via research conducted by Statista on relevant company websites, in publications and from the EPI (the Institute of Professional Representatives Before the European Patent Office), the professional body representing European patent attorneys. The invitations were sent by email with a personalised link that could be used only once.
And here is the Financial Times newspaper article:
“We could avoid expensive litigation in court and still use our trademark”
Martin and his team did a fantastic job when I was approached by a large overseas company because of alleged trademark infringement. He asked all the right questions to help me flesh out my own position and helped me to expand it into areas I never would’ve considered. Based on that, Martin then drove the case home for me so that we could avoid expensive litigation in court and still use our trademark for a very long transitional period. There were no repercussions at all, and I highly recommend working with Schweiger & Partners.
“Mir wurde sehr geholfen!”
Herr Schweiger hat internationale und langjährige Erfahrung rund um Marken- und Patentrecht. Insbesondere mit Start-ups und deren Entwicklungsphasen, wie auch mit klassischen Fehlern in dem Bereich der Wirtschaft, kennt er sich gut aus. Ich bin sehr dankbar für die Infos, die ich bekommen habe, noch bevor es zu einer echten Beratung gekommen ist. Mir wurde sehr geholfen!
“Martin and his team are very easy to work with, and focus on a capital efficient process”
I’ve been working with Martin here in Singapore over the years and found him and his team to be extremely knowledgeable about the patent process, innovation strategy and how to make it work for innovators and entrepreneurs. Martin and his team are very easy to work with and focus on a capital-efficient process that is in line with lean startup practices. While based in Singapore, Martin’s team can work around the world. Martin is definitely a value-add trusted patent and trademark advisor – and I see him as an extension of our team. I definitely recommend without any hesitation Martin and his team to ANYONE who has any patent and trademark needs!
“Within a very short time – a few days only – provided a comprehensive and accurate valuation of a company’s patent portfolio, starting from scratch”
Martin turned out to be extremely helpful when I acted as an insolvency liquidator for a company that developed and built a complicated ship installation.
Within a very short time – a few days only – he provided a comprehensive and accurate valuation of the company’s patent portfolio, starting from scratch. That IP valuation helped me tremendously to gauge the sales price for this patent portfolio, as there were two buyers interested in purchasing the patent portfolio.
One of the potential buyers withdrew from the bidding process after the other bidder called the purchase price suggested by Martin.
Martin is a true professional in every sense and a trusted advisor to his clients and colleagues.
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.
We have received the prestigious ACQ5 Law Award 2019
Check out this: https://awards.acq5.com/27/
“The ACQ Law Awards are one of the most respected legal rating programs of their kind in the market.
Since 2008, the ACQ LAW AWARDS (now celebrating their 12th Anniversary) have been celebrating achievement, innovation and brilliance in their annual awards. Anybody can make that claim, but ACQ really is different. We boast a legitimately independent nomination process, most importantly, our award winners, are chosen by the industry itself.
We rely on reader insight and experience to provide nominations and we relish hearing about new experts and burgeoning markets. Every year, we seek their assistance in recognising industry leaders, eminent individuals, exemplary teams and distinguished legal businesses, which we believe represent the benchmark of achievement and best practice in a variety of fields – and every year, our readers help as we strive to recognise an ever-widening spectrum of services, markets, industries and organisations that serve our global market place.
Our awards rise above the status of participation certificate and actually represent an endorsement of outstanding work.
The ACQ5 magazine is here: https://www.acq5.com/magazines/5087_9, we are mentioned on page 10/11 (left side).
“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 needed with patience and paying attention to fine details. Once company’s need is articulated, the subsequent 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.
“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.
Schweiger & Partners provided great advice and information on patents. Martin and team is experienced and will see that our intellectual property is well protected.
“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.
Schweiger & Partners the #2 Patent Attorney Firm in Germany in the Area Of Electronics, and #41 in total
This was back in 2007, on www.varidian.de
We have received the prestigious “Lawyer Monthly 100 Award Germany 2018”
We have been taken up into the prestigious Lawyer100 Germany 2018 list. We are the only ones for the area of “Intellectual Property”.
Dr. Hendrik Wichmann and some famous names, such as Dr. Peter Kather, Rainer Kuhnen, and Dr. Günther Isenbruck, being on the same list.
Just to clarify things, we have not paid anything for this award. Some of our colleagues and clients must have been asked for recommendations, but nobody mentioned anything to us.
For further information please visit: https://germany100.lawyer-monthly.com/.
“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.
“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!
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