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Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez Licensed in CA, Patent Bar

Johnny Manriques is a patent attorney with extensive experience in dealing with cases that involves intellectual property law and related legal matters. He has more than 14 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in California. Johnny is registered with the State Bar of California. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law. Johnny recently started his own firm, but worked with Procopio Cory for three years prior to starting his own law office.
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Gloria M. S.

Gloria M. Steinberg Licensed in PA, Patent Bar

Gloria is a well-rounded patent attorney who runs her boutique law firm Steinberg Intellectual Property Law, LLP. She has filed hundreds of patent applications relating to software, telecommunications, biotech, and consumer products. During her free time, she is active in the legal community as a member of several intellectual property law associations and managing her blog IPRookie.com.
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Irvin T.

Irvin Tyan Licensed in CA

Navigating the legal world as a startup can be intimidating and overwhelming. That is why experienced attorneys like Irvin Tyan are an absolute must-have. Mr. Tyan can help your startup with a variety of issues, including intellectual property, contract drafting, portfolio analysis, and commercial litigation. He can also help with employment issues and competitive landscape analysis.
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John T D.

John T Davis Licensed in TX, Patent Bar

John T Davis is a patent attorney with more than six years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. John obtained his Juris Doctor degree in law after he graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law. John is also skilled in working on legal cases that involve trademark and copyright law. John founded his own legal firm in April 2015, where he serves corporate clients in patent-related legal matters.
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Alan K.

Alan Kendrick Licensed in CA

Alan Kendrick’s areas of expertise include intellectual property, trademark, and patent law. With a background in engineering, he has 18 years of legal experience and has advised clients ranging from individuals to businesses and research institutions. Alan holds a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, as well as a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University.
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William C.

William Childs Licensed in DC, TX, Patent Bar

William Childs is a patent attorney that specializes in helping businesses deal with patents. He first graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1997. William obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2004 and completed his J.D. at the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008. He has been operating and assisting businesses for more than seven years. William focuses on patents for business inventions and helps businesses minimize their risk of patent infringement during the launch of new products.
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Tianyun J.

Tianyun Ji Licensed in MD, NY

Tianyun Ji is an attorney at law with three years’ experience. She specializes in a wide range of corporate legal practice areas, including real estate, business transactions, immigration law and commercial contracts. Tianyun received her Juris Doctor degree in law after she graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center. Since August 2013, Tianyun has been an attorney at Business Law Associates LLC.
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Michael P.

Michael Portanova Licensed in CA

Michael is a lawyer and entrepreneur who began his legal career at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, the world's largest law firm devoted solely to arbitration and litigation. While he was at the firm, he handled considerable copyright infringement matters and negotiated contract disputes. After he left, he went on to build eCommerce startups in Southeast Asia.
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Steve D.

Steve Dubois Licensed in VA, Patent Bar

For the past 3 years and counting, Steve has been the Managing Partner and Owner of Patent Portfolio Builders, PLLC. Before that, he owned Potomac Patent Group, PLLC for 12 years. Altogether he has over 25 years of experience working with patents and technology. He covers all aspects of patents - from patent negotiation to patent litigation and much more. Steve studied Law in the George Mason University School of Law, obtaining his J.D. in 1993.
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Thomas L.

Thomas Love Licensed in CT

Holder of seven patents, Thomas Love has a work history spanning from a partnership in a major firm (specializing in international corporate finance) to working at a number of startups, including in software, global supply chain, and online education. Today, Mr. Love represents clients worldwide and has provided his services to non-profits in theater, women’s empowerment, medical education, and more.
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