Hermann Stainer

IP-Software Developer & Consultant, MBA, CEO of Sympatent Software GmbH

Creating Business Software For 20 Years


Hi, I’m Hermann, business software developer and consultant—thank you for visiting my website! I’m the CEO of Sympatent Software GmbH, the company behind Sympatent IPM and Patentswatch. I’m also regularly writing articles about IP software.

Should you have any questions about my person or my work, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’m looking forward to hear from you!

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Main Fields of Work

Software Applications In Your Webbrowser

Developing easy-to-use software applications for complex tasks.

I have extended experience with:

✔ Software as a Service (SaaS)
✔ Translating technical details to common language for clients without a software background
✔ Connecting different applications via programming interfaces (APIs)
✔ Online payment methods

Legal Industry & Intellectual Property

Creating content and technology solutions that supply legal and IP professionals with crucial information.

I have extended experience with:

✔ Working with patent application data and databases 
✔ Regional distinctions around the world
✔ Building search functionalities for patent-industry use cases
✔ Creating a competitive advantage for my clients

My company WebMini created Patentswatch, an automated, fail-proof patent application monitoring solution.

My Story


Born and raised in Guenzburg, Bavaria, Germany.


The Beginnings

2nd national winner at Jugend forscht, the biggest youth science and technology competition in Europe, with a self-programmed website builder. This project leads to formation of the first own business—with the signature of the parents, being a minor.


Academic Career

High school graduation; then studies (B.Sc.) in Business Administration at the EBS University of Business and Law, Germany. Afterwards Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Nagoya University of Commerce & Business as a fellow of the Japanese government (Monbukagakusho Scholarship).


WebMini Inc.

Founding of the software company WebMini Inc. in Miami, Florida, USA.


250,000 Websites

The two hundred and fifty thousandth user creates their own website with the WebMini website builder.



The most recent version of the website building system is released under the new name Sitesmaker.



Patentswatch is launched, a software solution for the automated, fail-proof and affordable monitoring of patent applications.



PatForum is published and offers intellectual property professionals all the news of the patent industry in a quick-to-grasp and concise manner.