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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

451 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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David Yamaguchi

235 reviews
Startups and small businesses sometimes need someone who can deal with complex transactions on an international playing field. David Yamaguchi specializes in content hosting issues and intellectual property. He concentrates his practice in the United States, Asia, India, and Europe. Whether you are a business giant or a startup, Mr. Yamaguchi can provide legal advice that fits your needs.
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Alexis Saenz

94 reviews
Alexis Saenz is a patent attorney who has prepared hundreds of patent applications and responses to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He mainly works with start-up ventures and mid-sized companies in the growth stage. Alexis' personal experience with a startup company has given him deep insight into the process that guides his patent and intellectual property services.
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Thomas Love

70 reviews
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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Sam Goldstein

56 reviews
Bankruptcy Consultant for Businesses/Individuals considering Chapter 7, 11, or 13 filings, handling both consultation and representation. Small Business professional exp... read more
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Ali Shalchi

52 reviews
Ali brings a diverse range of experience gained from practice at major law firms (e.g. Paul Hastings LLP) and as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 tech company (Illumina I... read more
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James Smedley

33 reviews
James is the managing member of the law firm, James M Smedley LLC, an intellectual property law boutique that focuses on intellectual property prosecution and corporate transactional matters. He has worked with clients of all sizes from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Outside of the office, he is a family man, wine lover, video gamer, and fitness fanatic.
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Joel Douglas

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U.S. Patent Agent & Serial Entrepreneur Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Florida, Texas Named Inventor on 103 Patents Built and Exited Multiple Million Dollar Comp... read more
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Mario M.

Mario Milano

24 reviews
Mario Milano is a highly accomplished and sought-after attorney specializing in intellectual property, business formation, and contracts. With an unwavering commitment to e... read more
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Richard Topolewski

11 reviews
Richard Topolewski is an intellectual property attorney who has been serving corporate clients for the past seven years. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and also a member of the Michigan Patent Bar. Richard has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He also holds a Masters in Law. Richard primarily specializes in trademark and copyright law. He has been serving as a freelance intellectual property attorney since March 2017.
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Boston Patent Lawyers

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Why Hire a Patent Lawyer?

Applying for a patent is a complicated process. Although the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) doesn't require you to hire a patent attorney, due to the agency's strict requirements, it's highly recommended. Failing to hire a top patent lawyer can result in increased costs due to omissions and mistakes. The best attorneys also know that as a startup, you face unique budget challenges.

Your patent attorney in Boston can help you navigate the process to help protect your intellectual property. Here are just a few services that trusted, reputable patent attorneys will offer:

Counseling

Deciding to file a patent is the easy part. Unless you're willing to invest a lot of time and effort into research, you need professional advice. Top patent attorneys provide more than document services. They also provide essential advice about potential problems and success rates.

Patent Search

Just because you've created an original product doesn't mean that someone else hasn't already patented a similar idea. That's why performing a patent search is necessary. A patent search involves going through all issued and published patent applications to find anything that could be considered a previously existing idea. Luckily, your lawyer will do this for you.

Patent Documentation

Regardless of whether you're applying for a design patent, utility patent, or provisional patent, your Boston attorney will complete the necessary paperwork. The USPTO requires specific types of documentation, including illustrations related to your patent's design. An experienced lawyer knows how to create the most effective patent application to move the process along.

Patent Filing

Getting a U.S. patent can take up to two years or more. Your patent lawyer will file the appropriate paperwork, suggest modifications, and present technical arguments. He or she will also have experience filing patents overseas.

Inquiry Responses

In some cases, the USPTO may request additional information or have questions about your patent application. When you hire an attorney, you're already a step ahead. Your lawyer will respond to the patent examiner on your behalf, increasing the chances that your application will be approved.

How to Find the Best Patent Lawyer in Boston

Begin your attorney search by looking for lawyers who are members of the Boston Bar Association and/or the Massachusetts Bar Association. You also can request a referral from these organizations, as well as the American Bar Association.

You can also find qualified patent lawyers on websites like UpCounsel. View each lawyer's profile, review credentials, and find his or her name on a bar association website to make sure you're hiring the best.

Once you have the names of potential patent lawyers in Boston, it's time to narrow down the list. We recommend the following considerations:

  • Where is the patent lawyer located?
  • Does the lawyer have experience in patent law?
  • Has the attorney been successful in filing similar patents?
  • Are other startups or inventors looking to hire this lawyer?
  • How much experience does the attorney have in filing provisional and nonprovisional patents? What about design and utility patents?
  • How long has the attorney specialized in patent law?

Since you'll be working with this lawyer for at least a couple of years, if not more, it's important to feel like you can approach him or her at any time. An approachable attorney will be concerned about your case, be open to communication, and return your communication requests quickly. Ask how your lawyer plans to communicate with you and how long it usually takes to return phone calls, emails, or texts.

Cost is often a deciding factor for clients seeking legal counsel, but this isn't always the smartest decision. It's important to hire the best patent attorney you can afford.

Even filing a patent on your own can cost thousands of dollars, so why not get it done right the first time?  How much your lawyer will cost will come down to location (in Boston, patent lawyers average $75 or more per hour) and type of law firm. To save the most money, go with an experienced patent attorney with little overhead rather than someone who works at a large firm.

Questions for a Patent Lawyer

  • Do you represent both large and small businesses?
  • Does your practice focus entirely on intellectual property?
  • What kind of team will be working on my case?
  • Do you assign certain tasks to other lawyers or paralegals? If so, will you supervise them?
  • How do you work with your clients? And how involved will I need to be?
  • How do you plan to communicate with me?
  • Have you ever worked as an examiner at the USPTO?
  • Have you successfully secured patents for clients similar to me?
  • What is your technical background?
  • Did you receive specialized training in patent law?

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Our experienced Boston patent attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses throughout the world with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution matters. They have extensive experience handling applications from nearly every sector of technology, including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, communication networks, internet systems and methods, automotive, medical equipment, construction technology, consumer electronics, and clean technology research and development.

Our patent attorneys are of the most highly trained in the industry, requiring a scientific background, and passing a second level of testing known as the Patent Bar Examination. Thousands of patents are submitted to the patent office every day and a patent committee reviews each patent for its validity. The process requires that correctly drafted documentation present a clear case for the novelty of the invention, which is best made by a patent attorney with a higher education background in your industry.

Our Boston patent attorneys & lawyers can help you file a provisional patent, which lasts for 1-year and allows you to immediately begin using/manufacturing your invention with the confidence that your idea is protected. These types of patents are great if you think your idea will change a lot over the next year before you file a (non-provisional) patent. These patents are easier to obtain and are less expensive but you should have a patent lawyer review your provisional patent application to insure that you are meeting your objectives when you file your patent.

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