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Richard T.

Richard Topolewski

2 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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Diana O.

Diana Olesko

Diana Olesko is a business lawyer who has more than 14 years of experience. She has been licensed to practice law in Michigan and is also a member of the Michigan Patent Bar. Diana obtained her legal degree after graduating from the Wayne State University Law School. She primarily specializes in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. In August 2007, Diana founded her own legal firm, Olesko Law Firm, where she serves as the owner and principal attorney.
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Kanika R.

Kanika Radhakrishnan

315 reviews
Kanika is an experienced Patent Attorney and Managing Partner of Evergreen Valley Law Group in Silicon Valley, which serves innovative entrepreneurs with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. She has filed over 5,000 patent applications in the U.S. and worldwide with a successful track record of obtaining patents for clients.
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Richard E.

Richard Eldredge

211 reviews
Richard Eldredge is a corporate attorney and a professor of law. He has over seven years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Richard is experienced in patents and business formation, as well as trademark and copyright law. He received his degree in law from the La Verne College of Law. Richard has been a patent attorney and engineer at the Eldrege Law Firm since September 2005.
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Gloria M. S.

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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Dan S.

Dan Shifrin

146 reviews
Dan Shifrin has over 25 years of experience in patent law. He has seen the rise of the technology sector and his experience allows him to aid clients nationwide. Whether you need a patent drafted or need to deal with patent litigation, Mr. Shifrin has the knowledge and skills to meet your needs. His experience also expands outside of the technology arena to electrical, fitness, consumer items, and so much more.
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Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez

113 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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Matt G.

Matt Googe

68 reviews
Matt is a registered patent attorney whose practice includes trademark application preparation and prosecution, copyrights, and related litigation. He has worked with diverse sectors including aerospace technology and medical devices. Since 2013 Matt has worked with Robinson Law IP, a firm that has been managing patent and trademark portfolios in over 50 countries.
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Thomas L.

Thomas Love

67 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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Carlos P.

Carlos Perez

55 reviews
Carlos Perez has represented high-stake clients, including Facebook, Google and AMD. He primarily focuses on patents, but has experience in numerous business practice areas. Carlos is the founder of his own law firm, where he specializes in the preparation and prosecution of patents, as well as business litigation matters. He was also an associate at Baker Botts and Baker & McKenzie before he started his own law firm.
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Why Hire a Patent Lawyer

If you're considering a patent for an invention or find yourself in need of a lawyer because your patent has been infringed upon, there are several ways that a Detroit patent attorney can be of help to you.

  • Patent Search: A patent search is the first step in deciding whether or not your invention is eligible for a patent. Anyone can complete a patent search, but it's best completed by a patent search expert. To complete a patent search, you must search the databases of all previously approved patents. You're searching the databases to make sure that your invention wouldn't infringe upon any previously granted patents. As long as your invention is new and novel, you can move on to the patent application process.

  • Patent Application: The patent application process is a complicated, multi-step process. During the patent application process, there's the provisional and non-provisional patent application. When you and your patent attorney submit your non-provisional application, it's important that you meet all of the requirements set forth by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. If those requirements aren't met, it's likely that your patent application will be denied. After a patent denial, you can either appeal the decision or submit a new application that meets the demands of the USPTO.

  • Patent Infringement: A patent lawyer can also help you to protect your patent against patent infringement. Patent infringement can result in a fine for the infringer. Patent infringement is any unauthorized use of an invention that is protected by a patent.

There are also different kinds of patents. A top Detroit patent attorney can help you to know which type of patent is right for your invention. The different types of patents might include:

  • Utility Patent: A utility patent is what is commonly known as an invention patent. A utility patent can protect anything that is a new or improved product, process, or machine. The major stipulation to be approved for a utility patent is that the product must be useful.

  • Design Patent: A design patent protects the ornamental or aesthetic design of a product. For example, the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle is protected by a design patent.

  • Plant Patent: A plant patent is just what it sounds like, a patent to protect a new type of plant. The new plant must be created or discovered and asexually reproduced to be eligible for a plant patent.

How to Find the Best Patent Lawyer in Detroit

When choosing a Detroit patent attorney, it's important that you choose the best lawyer for you and a lawyer that has all the right credentials for your patent application or patent infringement case. A top Detroit patent attorney should have the following qualifications.

  • Your lawyer should be a member of the State Bar of Michigan and be allowed to practice law in the state.

  • Your lawyer should be in good standing and have no complaints filed with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

  • Your lawyer should have experience working in patent law and patent infringement litigation.

  • Your lawyer should have the time to take on your case and be able to dedicate fully to your patent application process.

  • Your lawyer should have expert experience in the type of patent that you're applying for. Many patent lawyers also have a bachelor's degree or specialization in one type of patent law.

Before hiring a Detroit patent lawyer, take the time to meet and discuss your needs. Top patent attorneys in Detroit offer a free first-time consultation. This consultation is also the time to assess if your personality meshes with that of the lawyer. A patent application is a collaboration between patent lawyer and inventor. The inventor knows their invention the best and will need to describe the invention in great detail to the lawyer writing the patent application.

Questions for a Patent Lawyer

  • Is it necessary to hire a patent attorney when filing a patent?

  • Should I file a provisional or nonprovisional patent application?

  • Will communication be directly to the lawyer or through a paralegal or secretary?

  • Have you worked as a patent examiner at The United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO)?

  • Will I need international protection for my patent?

  • How much does a patent application cost? How much do you charge?

  • How many patent searches does your firm do each year?

  • How many patent applications does your firm file each year? What is your patent approval rate?

  • How can I maintain and protect my patent?

  • What experience do you have with patent infringement litigation?

  • How many patent specialists work at your firm and how many years of experience do they have?

If you have questions about the benefit of a patent for your invention or what information must be included in a patent application, a Detroit patent attorney can help. A Detroit patent lawyer can help at any stage of your patent application, whether you need a patent search, a provisional patent application, a non-provisional patent application, or a patent infringement lawsuit.

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Our experienced Detroit 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 Detroit 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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