Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner is an internationally recognised IP boutique. The firm was founded in 1993 with the goal to develop a new IP law firm model with the primary focus of obtaining the strongest patents possible with a commitment to innovation. Today, Schwegman has grown to over 120 patent attorneys and agents, many with advanced technical and life sciences degrees.

What we do

Schwegman is one of the largest IP boutique firms in the country that focuses on original drafting and filing of patent applications, with high-tech clients located throughout the United States and elsewhere in the world. In addition to patent prosecution services, we also have deep experience with freedom-to-operate clearance, opinions of counsel, post-grant review and inter partes review, due diligence investigations to support fundraising or mergers and acquisitions, licensing and agreement work, and litigation support. Schwegman does not have a litigation practice; however, we can partner with litigation and trial attorneys from law firms of your choosing.

IP services

  • Copyright and data counselling
  • Foreign rights
  • Fractional in-house counsel
  • Freedom to operate
  • Licensing
  • M&A/start-up due diligence
  • Open source licensing
  • Opinions
  • IP analytics
  • Patent prosecution
  • Post-grant proceedings
  • Portfolio management and analysis
  • Trademarks

Industries (selection)

  • Chemical and materials science
  • Clean technologies
  • Electrical and computers
  • Life sciences and Pharma/Biotechnology
  • Mechanical and electromechanical
  • Medical technologies
  • Software and e-commerce

Industry-recognised innovation and leadership

Schwegman is most easily differentiated from other law firms by its culture of innovation, which allows us to provide unique IP services and technology solutions. We built one of the first software-as-a-service docketing platforms, Foundation IP (later sold to CPA Global), the first claim mapping tool (Claimscape®), the first file history summary tool (ClaimTracker) and the first portfolio management tool (Dashboard) that allows instantaneous access to in-depth performance metrics around a group of patents. Schwegman is now applying artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques to ‘autodocket’ its client matters with greater accuracy and speed than wholly human docketed processes.

Analytics managed prosecution

We have a team of trademark and patent analytics specialists that help our clients make informed choices about their filings. Validating filing strategies with competitive and personal portfolio metrics helps our clients make better and more cost-effective decisions about their investment in intellectual property.

Benefits to clients

Client-centric teams

Attorneys, paralegals, a quality assurance officer and case management staff are assigned directly to every client. Our highly trained staff, well-established internal procedures and quality checks guide every operation.

Excellent work at cost-effective levels

Our technology, low attrition, multiple office locations and structure enable our attorney hourly rates to be well below national averages.

Ability to meet any filing capacity

We have the bandwidth to handle high volumes within narrow time frames, urgent filings, prosecution, post-grant proceedings and non-infringement/validity opinions.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion

Schwegman values diversity in our inclusive office environment. We believe that diversity can help contribute to collaborative efforts and to building a positive and supportive workplace and community.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group continues to actively foster a culture embracing diversity. The group is committed to leading, advocating and coordinating firm-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.

Commitment to our community

Involvement in the Twin Cities, the Silicon Valley community and Austin, as well as other communities where our satellite attorneys live and work, is an important part of our work and mission.

Schwegman fosters and maintains a strong bond within our communities through participation in non-profit organisational and financial support of charitable organisations and causes.

International presence

Schwegman is privileged to serve an international roster of clients that includes multinational corporations, middle-market businesses, start-ups, universities and individuals. Our clients benefit from the high-quality, strategic counselling and client service that are our hallmark.

In addition to our Minneapolis, Silicon Valley and Austin locations, Schwegman also has a UK team. Further, our dedicated director of China Intellectual Property, Aaron Wininger, counsels both US and Chinese companies on portfolio development and preparation of their patent applications and office action responses. His knowledge of both the Chinese and US markets enables him to advise his clients as they expand their patent portfolios and look for investors to help the company grow.

Contact details

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
121 South 8th St
Suite 1600
Minneapolis MN 55402
United States

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Austin
  • London
  • San Jose