Who we are

The value of an innovation lies not just in the idea, but also in the cost benefits of the product and implementation at the right time.

We are a team of IP experts, automotive engineers and strategic advisors committed to making pioneering technologies more visible and usable. Much like Thomas Alva Edison, we believe that the value of an innovation lies not only in the idea, but in the clear cost benefits of the product and implementation at the right time. We help bring visionary technologies to the marketplace.

Know How

Ideas in our hearts. Power in our blood.

Our interdisciplinary team combines decades of experience in engineering with specific knowledge of the automotive industry. Blending together a deep understanding of technology with advice on entrepreneurial, formal and legal questions, we offer consultancy for inventors and companies alike. In particular, we can advise on the provision of intellectual property for business partners in the automotive supply chain through licensing and other commercialisation opportunities. Additionally, our team can provide full support in the marketing and brokering of intellectual property rights thanks to their knowledge and expertise in IP management, monetisation and licensing.


Michael Schmid

  • CEO of IPGATE AG since 2022
  • Passionate about intellectual property in relation to financial assets, as an essential developmental tool and the safeguarding of business interests. The goal is to build successful partnerships and offer a benefit for all concerned
  • 19 years of solid experience in patent litigation, patent licensing, and patent prosecution
  • Extensive know-how of IP practices and valuable professional networking world-wide, especially in US, EP, CH, DE, and CN
  • Excellent knowledge of patent laws of various jurisdictions with special focus on US, EP, CH, DE, and CN
  • 20 years of life and professional experience in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Spain), North America (US and Canada), and Asia (China)
  • Master´s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada and Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
  • Studies of patent and trademark laws for IP Specialists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
  • Studies of law for patent attorneys at the University of Hagen, Germany

Ralph W. Marthaler

  • Member of the board of directors of ipgate AG since 2016
  • General manager of the family owned accounting- and IT-company since 1985
  • Member of the board of directors in various companies
  • Marketing Management at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto, Canada
  • Accounting and tax studies at Commercial School, Zürich, Switzerland
  • My goal: Support and advice family owned companies

Anita Auten

  • Patent and Licensing Paralegal
  • Competent, reliable and proactive paralegal with a multitude of experience in the IP world.
  • My main focus is customer satisfaction and increasing efficiency through process optimization. Innovation is key.
  • Bachelor in International Business Management / Goldey Beacom College, USA
  • Associate in Paralegal Studies / Widener University, USA


  • 2005 Foundation
  • 2005 First patent application; Basis for IBS Technology (Integrated Braking System)
  • 2006–2011 Development of innovative concepts for IBS
  • 2008 Licensing phase I: IBS; Tier-1 Automotive supplier
  • 2013–2018 Patent application for IBS-Gen2 and X-Boost 2017– Licensing phase II – X-Boost; Automotive supplier for emerging markets
  • 2019 IP for electro-hydraulic braking systems – autonomous driving; Level 3-5
  • 2019– Licensing phase III – autonomous driving; Level 3-5

At home in Pfaeffikon and the whole world

Providing a dynamic work and living environment, our company location in Switzerland (30 minutes from Zurich) allows us to work with renowned tech companies and small and medium-sized enterprises alike. It also offers a multitude of leisure and relaxation opportunities in the local area. On top of that, Pfäffikon lies in the heart of Europe and is easily accessible. Our international customers love to visit us here and we can also travel to and be with them quickly.

News & PR

March 2019

Impact of automated driving on future brake systems

The automotive industry faces disruptive changes with the growing importance of automated driving. The authors compare the requirements on passenger car brake systems at increasing SAE levels of driving automation and present a new and innovative electromechanical brake booster solution.

November 2020

IPGATE recieves Innovation Award 2020/2021

IPGATE is thrilled to have been awarded the Swiss Institute for Quality Testing (SIQT) Innovation Award 2020/2021 for its achievements as top innovator in section “Vehicles in General”! We are proud and honored to work with top-of-the-class inventors providing the foundation for our cutting-edge brake systems!

  • Contact
  • Churerstrasse 160a
  • CH-8808 Pfaeffikon/SZ
  • T +41 43 243 67 83
  • F +41 43 243 67 85
  • info@ipgate.ch