André Werner

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Senior IP Expert
Swiss Patent Attorney / European Patent Attorney

Why am I a patent attorney?

“As a patent attorney, I help individual inventors and companies to implement and enforce their practical development and sales activities in the national and international commercial environment. It gives me great pleasure to work as the interface between a highly legal environment and the client’s technical environment. Besides the new technical ideas, which are always interesting, I also meet many different commercial and legal environments. This leads to new tasks every time, which can be solved using the tools and experience of an engineer.”

Fields of activity

Career and experience

André Werner works as a Swiss and European patent attorney, focusing on strategic consulting, helping to manage IP portfolios, and optimally integrating the services offered by our law firm into our clients’ corporate structures.
André Werner joined the law firm Scheidegger, Werner & Co. in 1987 and trained as a patent attorney. In 1996 he became a partner of the successor law firm Troesch Scheidegger Werner AG, and in 2013 he became a founding member, co-owner and partner of Swiss IP Partners Holding AG. He has since become Managing Director of the TSWpat! Group.
Even while at school, André Werner already had some insight into what his father did for a living. His father had worked as a patent attorney for many years, and André wanted to take a more in-depth look into this world after completing his studies. But this was no short glance. He has in fact remained in this field throughout his professional career and still finds it exciting and diverse.

André Werner became a patent engineer in 1987 and subsequently became a patent attorney. Since then, he has been working mainly in the field of mechanical engineering. He went on to play a leading role in developing and expanding the TSWpat! Group to its current structure. As part of this, he also developed group-wide software for intellectual property rights management and led the Group’s migration to electronic processes. Outside of the Group, André Werner was President of the ASPTA (Association of the Swiss Patent and Trademark Attorneys) from 2005 to 2010. Since 2010, he has also been a part-time judge at the Federal Patent Court.

After completing his mechanical engineering studies at ETH Zurich (specializing in internal combustion engines and lightweight construction), André Werner attended a law course at the University of Zurich for four semesters. He was admitted as a European Patent Attorney in 1995. André Werner was a military jet pilot in the Swiss Air Force until 1998, and thereafter he was a fighter squadron operations officer until 2014.

ASPTA (Association of the Swiss Patent and Trademark Attorneys)

FICPI (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys)

epi (Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office)

INGRES (The Institute for the Protection of Intellectual Property)

UNION (European Practitioners in Intellectual Property)

VESPA (Verband der freiberuflichen Europäischen und Schweizer Patentanwälte)