Welcome to swob—your IP Personnel Consultancy!

Since 2001, swob has stood for the specialist recruitment of professionals and executives in the area of intellectual property.

Brothers Stefan and Markus Abel offer empathetic careers advice, the pooling of qualified personnel and the bespoke placement of appropriate candidates.

Thanks to our many years of experience we have excellent technical and social expertise combined with exclusive knowledge of the intellectual property market and the individuals operating within it.

swob sees itself as the confidential intermediary between the candidate and the business enterprise/legal office.

Our success is founded upon our extensive network of personal contacts, consistent discretion and the sensitive handling of client information from both sides of the marketplace.

By this means we are able to place a considerable number of qualified personnel in the patent world. Our clients include prestigious companies and high calibre professionals of all career levels.

We act professionally and transparently and only pass on information with our clients’ consent. Because our sole interest is our clients’ lasting success, the IP-community values our confidential approach.

Our feedback and successes strengthen our ambition.


Our areas of expertise

  • Bespoke placement of candidates
  • Empathetic careers advice
  • Network of IP-industry contacts
  • Forward thinking advice

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Mission Statement

  • Confidentiality and accountability to our clients
  • Open dialogue, transparency and utmost discretion
  • Mutual respect, open-mindedness. We work according to principles based on the Christian concept of humanity

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Your contacts

Stefan Abel
Founder and Director
German division
+ 49 (0)6657 - 914 1988

Markus Abel
Senior Consultant
German division & international specialist
+ 49 (0)6657 - 914 1989


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