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Areas of Practice
  • 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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Past Experience

Garth Vivier is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has been listed in the IAM Patent 1000 (Law Business Research) (2019 – 2022) and the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2022). Garth’s focus for 28 years has been on procuring high-value patents for both multinational corporations and startups. Garth assists startups in Silicon Valley (and abroad) to develop IP strategies tailored to the tight budgets most startups face. A patent strategy should be closely aligned with business objectives, and after 18 years in Silicon Valley, he has gained insight into how to accomplish this.

Garth’s experience extends to both software- and hardware-related inventions. Example technologies include Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), Internet of Things (IoT), business-related inventions, database technology, mobile devices, memory devices, electronic circuits, computer architecture, hard drives, communication networks, memory devices, silicon photonics, and digital audio. Garth also has experience in patent portfolio development (e.g., to enhance acquisition value), portfolio management, IP due diligence, product clearance, and validity and infringement analysis and opinions. His experience extends to international patent protection, such as via the European Patent Office (EPO), the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and in China and Japan.

Before joining Schwegman in 2004, Garth was a partner in two other law firms. He also worked as an engineer designing missile guidance systems prior to entering the patent profession.

Garth is licensed in TX, CA, and before the USPTO.  


University of Cape Town Faculty of Law
Cape Town, South Africa, 1991
Bachelor of Laws (J.D. equivalent)

University of Pretoria

South Africa, 1984
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics)

University of South Africa

Bachelor of Commerce, 1995


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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

California State Bar Association
Past Experience
Past Experience

Kentron, Engineering Team Leader – Simulation and Control