Patent Protection. Engineered.

Shumaker & Sieffert, a patent law firm based in Minnesota, combines legal expertise, technical depth and uniform processes to deliver high quality patent protection to clients around the world.  The firm was engineered, from the ground up, with processes designed to produce patents that provide competitive advantage and withstand challenge.  

With intensive training and rigorous review, each Shumaker & Sieffert patent attorney is prepared to deliver consistent results.  With an open and team-based environment, all Shumaker & Sieffert patent attorneys are ready to mobilize toward clients' needs on a scalable and coordinated basis.  

Since its inception in 2001, Shumaker & Sieffert has grown to become one of the largest patent firms in the U.S. Midwest and the go-to firm for many leading high tech companies.  The firm is engineered for quality and efficiency.  

And, emphasis on quality is not just a marketing message. At Shumaker & Sieffert, quality is a mission. Indeed, Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM) ranked Shumaker & Sieffert highly among patent law firms in the United States for patent quality in the healthcare industry for several consecutive years. Moreover, in the 2016 edition of the IAM 1000, The World's Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine named the firm, and its founders, Steve Shumaker and Kent Sieffert, in its short list of recommended patent lawyers for patent prosecution in Minnesota.  

Legal Expertise

Shumaker & Sieffert's patent lawyers have obtained well over 3000 U.S. patents for clients, and manage prosecution of thousands of patent applications in over twenty countries around the world, offering a valuable base of experience and a reliable network of foreign associates for global patent protection.

The firm continuously monitors and adapts to new patent law developments, particularly in the ever-changing software, business method and diagnostic method fields.  When changes are needed, the firm recalibrates across all attorneys, ensuring that best practices are rolled out firm-wide.  

For many years, Shumaker & Sieffert patent attorneys have served as Adjunct Professors in patent law at Law Schools in the Twin Ciites area, teaching basic and advanced courses on Patent Practice.  The firm's patent attorneys also have contributed to planning, coordination and presentation of educational programs for leading professional organizations, such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association. 

Technical Depth

With degrees in electrical engineering, computing engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and physics, and substantial industry experience in many cases, Shumaker & Sieffert patent attorneys strive to interact with technologists as technical peers.  

Shumaker & Sieffert patent attorneys bring the technical depth needed to not only understand, but also help others understand, the complexities of clients' technologies, whether an invention relates to electronics, software, medical devices, or materials.  

The firm's patent attorneys are programmed to "dig deep" into the technical details, but also help inventors extrapolate toward the full scope of patent protection merited by their inventions.

Uniform Process

Instead of ad-hoc procedures instituted in small practice teams, Shumaker & Sieffert has designed well-defined, repeatable process workflows to guide the entire firm.  

Intensive docketing procedures, checklists and multi-level attorney and paralegal review promote uniform, predictable and reliable results for the firm's clients.  

The engineered process at Shumaker & Sieffert enforces high quality and timely delivery of work product throughout the firm, while also ensuring adherence to client-specific requirements.