Garth Vivier is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Intellectual Asset Magazine’s IAM 1000 lists Garth as one of the world’s leading patent attorneys. His focus for 28 years has been on the procurement of high-value patents for both multi-national corporations and startups. On a regular basis, Garth assists startups in Silicon Valley (and abroad) 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 in 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 also extends to international patent protection, particularly via the European Patent Office (EPO), the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), in China and Japan.
Prior to 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 only in CA and before the USPTO.
University of Cape Town Faculty of Law
Cape Town, South Africa, 1991
Bachelor of Laws (J.D. equivalent)
South Africa, 1984
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics)
Bachelor of Commerce, 1995
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Kentron, Engineering Team Leader – Simulation and Control