- California State Bar Association
Principal at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Garth Vivier is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. His focus for 28 years has been the procurement of high-value patents for both multinational corporations and start-ups. On a regular basis, Mr Vivier assists start-ups in Silicon Valley (and abroad) develop IP strategies tailored to the tight budgets most start-ups face.
A patent strategy should be closely aligned with business objectives and, after 18 years in Silicon Valley, Mr Vivier has gained insight into how to accomplish this. His experience extends to both software and hardware-related inventions. Example technologies include artificial intelligence/machine learning, the Internet of Things, business-related inventions, database technology, mobile devices, memory devices, electronic circuits, computer architecture, hard drives, communication networks, memory devices, silicon photonics and digital audio.
Mr Vivier also has experience in patent portfolio development (eg, to enhance acquisition value), portfolio management, IP due diligence, product clearance, and validity and infringement analyses and opinions. His experience also extends to international patent protection, particularly via the European Patent Office, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, in China and in Japan.
Prior to joining Schwegman in 2004, Mr Vivier was a partner in two other law firms. He also worked as an engineer designing missile guidance systems before entering the patent profession.