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Joshua G.

Joshua Garber

274 reviews
Representing notable clients like Tesla and the City of Los Angeles, Josh Garber excels at helping clients with employment and labor laws. Many of his past clients have had great success using Josh for employment agreements and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) hearings. With his practical advice, he has even helped clients avoid going to court.
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Richard Gora

200 reviews
Looking for an attorney with experience? Richard Gora is the exact attorney you want. Having defended over 100 cases both in state and federal courts and working with clients from around the globe, Richard has an array of different experiences. His services are wide-ranging and include business litigation, securities litigations, employment litigation, and business counsel. Prior to founding Gora LLC, he worked for Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP for eight years.
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Ross Brandborg

178 reviews
Ross Brandborg is an attorney at law with more than 13 years of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota. Ross is also a member of the North Dakota Patent Bar. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained after his graduation from the University of North Dakota. He specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as in patents. Ross founded his own law firm, Brandborg Law, in 2017.
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Timothy H.

Timothy Hadlock

2 reviews
Tim is a senior technology transactions and intellectual property attorney with over 23 years of experience. He worked as a Senior Counsel for Chevron for 18 years and a Patent Attorney for Shell for six years. He has developed an expertise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, drafting and negotiating technology contracts, and advising on strategies.
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D Fr

2 reviews
Cecelia Turnbeau is a business lawyer who was recently licensed to practice law in California. She obtained her legal degree after graduating from the Pepperdine University School of Law. Cecelia has represented numerous clients, including Dell, American Express and VISA. She primarily focuses on legal research and writing, and is also experienced in dealing with commercial contracts. Between January 2015 and October 2017, Cecelia served as a legal assistant at The D Firm.
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Christine Shin

2 reviews
Christine Shin is a partner in the corporate group at Russ August & Kabat and chair of the M&A practice. Christine has represented US Fortune 500 companies, int... read more
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Elizabeth Y.

Elizabeth Yang

2 reviews
Elizabeth Yang is a Los Angeles-based attorney, entrepreneur, and electrical engineer. A founding partner of Yang & Wang, P.C., her areas of expertise in intellectual property law include litigation, patents, trademarks, and copyright issues. Elizabeth holds an M.B.A. from the University of La Verne, a J.D. from the University of La Verne College of Law, and a B.S. from UCLA Berkeley. She is fluent in Mandarin.
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Adam Juratovac

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Adam S. Juratovac is a business lawyer at Juratovac Law in Palo Alto, CA. He works with entrepreneurs and early-stage start-up companies including international start-ups t... read more
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Daniel V.

Daniel Vaswani

Daniel has two roles as a Corporate Counsel at the startup design firm Affarei and an owner of his own firm, Red Metric, APC. He provides legal services for clients for matters related to business, criminal, and social security benefits. He is dedicated to assisting his clients achieve their goals, mitigating risks and consequences, and defending their rights.
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Our San Francisco intellectual property attorneys & lawyers can help you secure and protect your company-s intellectual property. Whether you are an entrepreneur, artist, author, engineer, manager, or individual - the IP attorneys on UpCounsel have you covered.

There are four common areas of intellectual property, which all protect different things such as: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Additionally, licensing is a popular enough specialization of IP that warrants mentioning.

Our San Francisco IP attorneys that specialize in licensing can help you draft contracts that grant permission to another party to do something with an otherwise protected work or product. A license can grant the right to reproduce the work by: distributed copy of the work to others by rental, sale, or lease, or preparing derivative works using protected expression from the original work, and/or displaying the work.

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