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Patent Prosecution

Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner attorneys know how to build patents to give you outstanding coverage. We know how to concentrate our efforts for the optimal use of your time and resources. Our patents are held to a consistently high level of quality whether you need us to produce one or one hundred. Our attorneys use the same best practices and sophisticated technology to prepare every patent we file.

Recognition and Awards

Year after year, Schwegman receives recognition for its work. Whether it’s for patent prosecution, strategy, or thought leadership, Schwegman is an eminent presence in intellectual property.  

For example, in the 2020 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals (Law Business Research), the firm was listed nationally in the prosecution category. In addition, the firm received attention at the state level for Minnesota and California. For the state of Minnesota,the Schwegman firm was listed as “Highly recommended” for prosecution. IAM described, 

“Securing ironclad protection for cutting-edge technology is Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner’s raison d’être. The firm fulfils this mission in some style: it is ‘outstanding in terms of patent quality’ and one of just 16 names to make the IAM Patent 1000 US national table for prosecution. Sources highlight its ‘agility and flexible structure’, noting that it ‘helps it attract and retain top-notch talent’; its nimbleness also plays into its success in developing proprietary tools that drive efficiency and reduce costs, while minimising the risk of errors.”  

Additionally for Minnesota, the firm was listed in the category of transactions. Looking to the West Coast, IAM selected Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner as “Recommended” in the prosecution category for California. 

Other recent recognition includes: 

  • Schwegman principals Russ Slifer, Timothy Bianchi and Andre Marais were named to the 2019 IAM Strategy 300 list 
  • The National Law Review gave Schwegman a 2019 Go-To Thought Leader Award 
  • In 2019 and 2020, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal ranked Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner as the largest IP firm in the Twin Cities (ranked by number of IP attorneys in the Twin Cities metro area) 
  • In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Schwegman in Tier 1 nationally for patent law 
  • Schwegman principals Steve Lundberg, Tim Bianchi and Andre Marais were selected for IAM Global Leaders 2020 (Law Business Research). 

You can feel confident that when you work with the Schwegman firm, you’re dealing with recognized skill and experience. 

Are your patents complete?

The stringency required for patent applications is increasing while IP budgets stay flat or tighten. Now case law requires disclosure of not only prior art, but also office actions and foreign prosecution documents. At SLW our advanced technology allows us to ensure that these items are included without increasing your cost.

Are your patents efficient?

We are the only IP law firm that captures and retains 100% of prosecution history, including the claims associated with each patent, in an interactive and searchable database. Our ClaimTrackerTM software saves attorney time (as much as 25%) and allows us to spend more of our time applying knowledge and delivering a better product.

Are your patents smart?

Our attorneys and clients can use our databases to obtain a graphic overview of the history of claims, interactively review file histories, or study the citation history of prior art. We also offer online access to your files and reports. Our technology keeps track of all prior art and communication for any of your patents and connects your related cases, so if you need a question answered or a similar patent filed, we’re ready right away.

Our attorneys, staff and advisors are clear communicators who enjoy working with inventors, engineers, designers and other members of your company. The combination of our expertise, easy-to-work-with style, use of best practices, and innovative technology means that you get better patents faster.

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