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Areas of Practice
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
  • Medical Devices
  • Software & E-Commerce
IP Services
  • Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Freedom To Operate
  • Opinions
  • Patent Analytics
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management & Analysis
Overview
Education
Bar Admissions & Associations
Representative Patents
Engagements and Publications
Overview
Overview

Andre Marais is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Andre is passionate about architecting, building and managing patent portfolios with his clients. He takes the view that patent portfolios should be valuable, strategic assets that align with a solid business strategy. Having had the good fortune to work closely with a number of Silicon Valley’s most prominent software and companies since their early days, he brings an “in the trenches” perspective to portfolio strategy and growth.

His practice focuses on strategic IP counseling and patent prosecution (US and foreign), patent validity, infringement and clearance analysis and opinions, and IP due diligence work, particularly in the networking (including Internet), software, communications and electrical/electronic technologies.

He has secured patents for, and currently represents, a number of prominent technology companies based in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, including Germany and China. Andre is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics and is a co-author of several intellectual property publications.

Education
Education

University of South Africa Faculty of Law
Pretoria, South Africa, 1993, J.D. equivalent

University of Stellenbosch

South Africa, 1990
Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial-Electronics)

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Associations
Member, California State Bar Association
Member, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association (SVIPLA)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Representative Patents
Representative Patents
US5841299

Method and apparatus for selectively receiving write data within a write buffer of a host bridge

US5758166

Method and apparatus for implementing an adiabatic logic family

US5963595

Method and apparatus for encoding and decoding a bit sequence for transmission over pots wiring

US5982741

Method and apparatus for automatically reducing cross-talk between wires coupled to a common network device

US5987516

Method of gathering information pertaining to calls between nodes in a connection-oriented network

US6018742

Constructing a bifurcated database of context-dependent and context-independent data items

US6051029

Method of generating a display for a dynamic simulation model utilizing node and link representations

US6105065

Method of displaying changes in call status between nodes within a connection-oriented network

US6246718

Method and apparatus for decoding a bit sequence for transmission over pots wiring

US6381213

Method and apparatus for detecting collisions on a network

US6510463

Service quality monitoring process

US6523037

Method and system for communicating selected search results between first and second entities over a network

US6678321

Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving a symbol over pots wiring using a multi-cycle waveform

US6684250

Method and apparatus for estimating a geographic location of a networked entity

US6735217

Method and apparatus for detecting collisions on a network using multi-cycle waveform pulses

US6839794

Method and system to map a service level associated with a packet to one of a number of data streams at an interconnect device

US6850961

Method and system to perform a thread switching operation within a multithreaded processor based on detection of a stall condition

US6961858

Method and system to secure content for distribution via a network

US6983237

Method and apparatus for conducting linked simulation operations utilizing a computer-based system model

US6985945

Service quality monitoring process

US6993137

Method and system to securely distribute content via a network

US7026935

Method and apparatus to configure an rfid system to be adaptable to a plurality of environmental conditions

US7440901

Method and system to communicate agricultural product information to a consumer

Engagements and Publications
Engagements and Publications
Freedom-To-Operate and Portfolio Due Diligence (Moderated)

5th Annual IP Counsel Forum (San Jose 2009) – Andre Marais, Francois de Villiers

Blood from the Stone: Extracting Invention Disclosures from Busy Engineers (Moderated)

6th Annual IP Counsel Forum (San Jose 2010) – Andre Marais, Bill Becker, Kirk Goodwin, Eugene Kim

Freedom-to-Operate – Patent Landscape Analysis

Web Cast (June 2009) – Andre Marais, Joseph Wang

Capitalizing on Emerging Markets & Technologies (Moderated)

SVASE (Palo Alto, 2006) – Andre Marais, Deepak Kamra (Canaan Partners), Tony Parisi, Anne-Marie Roussel, Anthony Townsend

Patent Prosecution 101

Law Seminars International’s workshop entitled “Patent Law for Non-Patent Lawyers and Business Professionals” (San Francisco April 6, 2005) – Andre Marais

KSR and its Aftermath

IP Counsel Café (Palo Alto, 2010) – Andre Marais, Jonathan Feuchtwang, Loren McRoss