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  • Electrical & Computers
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Software & E-Commerce
  • Medical Devices
IP Services
  • Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Freedom To Operate
  • Opinions
  • Patent Analytics
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis
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Representative Patents
Engagements and Publications

Andre Marais is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Andre is passionate about architecting, building, and managing patent portfolios with his clients. He believes that patent portfolios should be valuable, strategic assets that align with a solid business strategy. Having had the good fortune to work closely with several of Silicon Valley’s prominent companies since their early days, he brings an “in the trenches” perspective to portfolio strategy and growth.

His practice focuses on strategic IP counseling and patent prosecution (US and foreign), patent validity, infringement and clearance analysis and opinions, and IP due diligence work, particularly in networking, software, communications, and electrical/electronic technologies.

Andre is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics and is a co-author of several intellectual property publications.

Andre has been named in the IAM Strategy 300 by IAM magazine (Law Business Research) (2016-2022) and IAM Patent 1000 by IAM magazine (Law Business Research) (2012-2022).


University of South Africa Faculty of Law
Pretoria, South Africa, 1993, J.D. equivalent

University of Stellenbosch

South Africa, 1990
Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial-Electronics)

Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions
South Africa

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Member, California State Bar Association
Member, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association (SVIPLA)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Representative Patents
Representative Patents

Method and apparatus for selectively receiving write data within a write buffer of a host bridge


Method and apparatus for implementing an adiabatic logic family


Method and apparatus for encoding and decoding a bit sequence for transmission over pots wiring


Method and apparatus for automatically reducing cross-talk between wires coupled to a common network device


Method of gathering information pertaining to calls between nodes in a connection-oriented network


Constructing a bifurcated database of context-dependent and context-independent data items


Method of generating a display for a dynamic simulation model utilizing node and link representations


Method of displaying changes in call status between nodes within a connection-oriented network


Method and apparatus for decoding a bit sequence for transmission over pots wiring


Method and apparatus for detecting collisions on a network


Service quality monitoring process


Method and system for communicating selected search results between first and second entities over a network


Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving a symbol over pots wiring using a multi-cycle waveform


Method and apparatus for estimating a geographic location of a networked entity


Method and apparatus for detecting collisions on a network using multi-cycle waveform pulses


Method and system to map a service level associated with a packet to one of a number of data streams at an interconnect device


Method and system to perform a thread switching operation within a multithreaded processor based on detection of a stall condition


Method and system to secure content for distribution via a network


Method and apparatus for conducting linked simulation operations utilizing a computer-based system model


Service quality monitoring process


Method and system to securely distribute content via a network


Method and apparatus to configure an rfid system to be adaptable to a plurality of environmental conditions


Method and system to communicate agricultural product information to a consumer

Engagements and Publications
Engagements and Publications
Freedom-To-Operate and Portfolio Due Diligence (Moderated)

5th Annual IP Counsel Forum (San Jose 2009) – Andre Marais, Francois de Villiers

Blood from the Stone: Extracting Invention Disclosures from Busy Engineers (Moderated)

6th Annual IP Counsel Forum (San Jose 2010) – Andre Marais, Bill Becker, Kirk Goodwin, Eugene Kim

Freedom-to-Operate – Patent Landscape Analysis

Web Cast (June 2009) – Andre Marais, Joseph Wang

Capitalizing on Emerging Markets & Technologies (Moderated)

SVASE (Palo Alto, 2006) – Andre Marais, Deepak Kamra (Canaan Partners), Tony Parisi, Anne-Marie Roussel, Anthony Townsend

Patent Prosecution 101

Law Seminars International’s workshop entitled “Patent Law for Non-Patent Lawyers and Business Professionals” (San Francisco April 6, 2005) – Andre Marais

KSR and its Aftermath

IP Counsel Café (Palo Alto, 2010) – Andre Marais, Jonathan Feuchtwang, Loren McRoss