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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

188 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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Johnny Manriquez

115 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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Irvin T.

Irvin Tyan

43 reviews
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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Odini G.

Odini Gogo

2 reviews
Odini Gogo represents clients in a wide range of matters, with an emphasis on providing compassionate, knowledgeable and efficient representation to individuals and busines... read more
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Melissa F.

Melissa Frank

2 reviews
A native of Silicon Valley, Melissa Frank is the chief legal and risk executive of Wingate Industries, Inc. She is also formerly with SunPower Corp. and Texas Instruments/National Semiconductor. She is skilled at managing legal disputes, commercial contracts, and risk mitigation. Melissa is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group One, a think-tank for advancing complex legal practices.
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Alexander G.

Alexander Granovsky

2 reviews
I have a technical background with BS in Computer Science from Drexel University. I worked as a computer scientists for 12 years. In 2010 I started working as an attorney l... read more
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Jeffery G.

Jeffery Graham

Jeffery is an attorney with Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP and practices small business, immigration, and employment law. He assists individuals and businesses in legal matters including business transactions, immigration, and civil litigation. Jeffery has also successfully served pro bono clients such as the San Diego County Bar Association’s Service Members Civil Relief Act Program.
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Jens N.

Jens Nebel

Jens Nebel has an extensive portfolio of corporate clients. He has over 11 years’ experience and have represented companies such as Yahoo, IDS, ista and Auvesy. He specializes in business operations, trademarks, commercial contracts, patents and general lawsuits. Jens has been a partner at Kuemmerlein Rechtsanwaelte & Notare since 2005. He is licensed to practice law in Germany and obtained his degree in law at the Ruhr University Bochum.
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Brian C.

Brian Clarke

Brian Clarke is a business attorney and has 19 years of experience in the legal field. He primarily focuses on providing legal assistance for startups. Brian has extensive experience in intellectual property law and in dealing with legal matters related to transactional law and litigation. He is licensed to practice law in California and received his Juris Doctor law degree from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. Brian founded his own law firm in 2013.
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Patrick S.

Patrick Stellitano

Drafting and prosecuting patent applications, foreign and domestic, including appeals, conducting inventor interviews; patent portfolio management for medium-sized and smal... read more
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Our experienced Fairfax 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 Fairfax 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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