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Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez

114 reviews
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. Steinberg

207 reviews
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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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

42 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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Kyle S.

Kyle Scudiere

2 reviews
It is my goal to provide outstanding legal services at a reasonable rate. I offer both flat fee and hourly service offerings depending upon the nature of the project. My li... read more
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Andrew R.

Andrew Rush

Andrew is a Florida-based patent attorney at PCT Law Group who believes in sharing his knowledge and passion about space, the law, and intellectual property. As a co-founder of two startups, he really enjoys advising and assisting early-stage companies, which is why he specializes in emerging industries. Since he was young he loved anything related to space, which is why he studied physics.
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Nicolas G.

Nicolas Gold

Nicolas Gold is a general business attorney who fundamentally focuses on intellectual property law and commercial contracts. He has more than 20 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in California. Some of the clients that Nicolas has represented includes the Jelly Belly Candy Company, Geo M Martin and Medallia. Nicolas has exceptional experience in providing legal assistance to startup companies. He has been an attorney at Gold Business & IP Law since 2014.
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Ruth Mae F.

Ruth Mae Finch, Esq.

Since 1978, Ruth Mae Finch has focused on protecting, enforcing, and defending intellectual property. She has litigated complex infringement cases as well as dilution, cybersquatting, and trade dress matters. Ruth Mae has also represented Fortune 500s like Volkswagen and CareFirst BCBS. As a young prosecutor in Baltimore, Ruth Mae's litigation skills earned her the nickname “First Degree Finch."
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Joel S.

Joel Sanderson

Currently, Joel Sanderson works as a judicial law clerk for the Federal Court of Appeals. Prior to that, Joel worked for an organization called Inherit Your Rights, a women’s rights organization that focuses on property rights and inheritance. He also worked as a prosecution appeals legal researcher for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal.
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David T.

David Tamaroff

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David Tamaroff is an intellectual property and commercial law attorney. He has been serving corporate clients for the past seven years. David is licensed to practice law in Florida and obtained his legal degree from the University of Miami School of Law. David specializes in trademark and copyright law. He is also skilled in reviewing, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He has been serving as a partner at Lipscomb & Partners since January 2018.
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Howard L.

Howard Loo

Since 2007, Howard has provided consulting services as the CEO of SwayLaw LLC, a legal technology company. He advises clients on issues related to patents, antitrust, and electronic discovery. Prior to founding SwayLaw, he practiced litigation for three years at an IP boutique firm focusing primarily on patent litigation and antitrust litigation.
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