Herman Schuman

European patent attorney, Dutch patent attorney, Belgian patent attorney

Herman Schuman

- Physics, in particular thermodynamics, heat transfer, acoustics and building physics
- Electricity and electronics
- Packaging, in particular made from metal and plastic
- Mechanical engineering
- Medical engineering
- Agricultural engineering and machinery

- Vossius Gymnasium-b [Grammar School] Amsterdam
- Dutch Language and Literature, Leiden University
- Mathematics, Leiden University
- Mathematics and Telecommunications, Electronic and Technical Institute of the Royal Air Force
- Applied Physics, Delft University of Technology, passed with distinction
- Post-doctoral training for patent attorneys, resulting in qualifications for the Netherlands, Belgium and the European Patent Office
- Miscellaneous training courses and seminars relating to the legal handling of IP infringements and advanced patent practice in the Netherlands, the United States of America, France, Germany; European IP law; licensing

Herman is a highly experienced patent attorney, specialising in the analysis of inventions, the drafting and filing of patent applications and the conducting of grant procedures, not only in the Netherlands, but also in all major industrialised countries and groups of countries worldwide, including the member states of the European Patent Convention, the individual countries of Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the People's Republic of China, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina.

Herman has written an unusually large number of patent applications, i.e. some 1,600, in his almost 35 years in the patents field.

Herman is furthermore highly experienced in taking action in proceedings before the European Patent Office and IP infringement cases, particularly, but not exclusively, before the District Court of The Hague and the Court of Justice in The Hague in the Netherlands.

However, Herman’s basic approach is to attempt to resolve disputes outside the courts and to reach a settlement without incurring the high costs always associated with infringement cases.

Herman is experienced in the negotiation, drafting and evaluation of contracts, in particular licence contracts, IP infringement cases, copyright, secrecy agreements, the settling of IP disputes, oppositions and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office, validity/invalidity rulings and due diligence investigations.

What others say about Herman:
Cautious, but resolute. Friendly but absolutely not a soft touch, always keeping an eye on the possible risk of losing the case, particularly bearing in mind the possibly limited financial resources available to a client.

Professional career:
Following his grammar school education at the well-known Vossius Gymnasium [Grammar School] in Amsterdam, Herman was called up for military service and selected for training and instruction as an Electronic Systems and Telecommunications Officer in the Royal Air Force. During his four-and-a-half-year service period with the Royal Air Force, Herman also studied Dutch Language and Literature, Mathematics (Leiden University) and completed the first part of his Applied Physics studies at Delft University of Technology.

Even before graduating in 1976, Herman joined the then Arnold & Siedsma Patent Office. He was a partner from 1985 to 2000. In 2000, after 24 years, Herman left Arnold & Siedsma and, with his wife Sandra, set up his own patent office Schumann Patent Consultancy.

A further nine years later, on 1 October 2009, Schumann Patent Consultancy merged with Arnold & Siedsma. Herman then accepted a post at Arnold & Siedsma as an adviser with the portfolio for education, support and training of trainee patent attorneys and acquisition of new clients.

Herman studied Dutch Language at Leiden University. This was not only in connection with his great affinity with the Dutch language and culture, but also with the aim of achieving a higher level of language skills and study of linguistic aspects in general, correct syntax and semantics, and this subsequently appeared to be a good choice in view of the important linguistic aspects of the work of a patent attorney.

Even before completing his doctorate (with distinction) at Delft University with a thesis on subjective acoustics, the calibration of headphones, spatial perception and head-related stereophonics, Herman joined Arnold & Siedsma as a trainee patent attorney. For many years, he remained a member of various editorial boards and supervisory boards of journals in the field of acoustics and audio, he published various articles and was active as a member of the assessment board of various journals, proof-reader and member of the editorial staff, and gave many lessons and lectures on acoustics and audio-related subjects, innovation and intellectual property, in particular patent protection.

Additional roles:
Herman is a member of the Dutch and European Institute of Patent Attorneys. He is secretary of the Dutch Supervisory Board for Patent Attorneys and a member of the artistic committee of a number of large professional orchestras in the Netherlands.

Telephone: +31 53 4319722