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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

246 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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James Smedley

29 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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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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Nathan L.

Nathan Lewis

2 reviews
Nathan Lewis is an attorney at law with more than 13 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and is also a member of the Ohio Patent Bar. Nathan received his Juris Doctor degree in law after he graduated from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He specializes in patents, as well as in trademark and copyright law. Nathan has been serving as a partner at Medley, Behrens & Lewis, LLC, since October 2011.
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Casey Scott Mckay

2 reviews
Attorney Casey Scott McKay is a member of the Tennessee Bar and provides in-house counsel work for all of his clients. He specializes in copyright, trademark, and patent litigation and is ready to go head-on for his clients in the courtroom. Attorney McKay loves computers and is completing his M.S. in Computer Science. Whether you need help protecting your patent or enforcing your intellectual property rights, Attorney McKay will guide you with his skills and experience.
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Tianyun J.

Tianyun Ji

2 reviews
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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Ashkan N.

Ashkan Najafi

2 reviews
As a registered patent attorney with over a decade of experience, Ashkan Najafi brings personal experience to his practice. He is the holder of patents in mechanical, electrical, and software/business methods arts. He also advises clients on copyright and trademark issues. Ashkan’s expert legal advice helps his clients protect their creations and inventions and maintain a competitive edge.
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Zachary K.

Zachary Kosan

2 reviews
Attorney with four years of experience serving as in-house counsel for an early-stage life sciences company in a broad-based role responsible for transactional IP matters, ... read more
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Will M.

Will Montague

Will Montague practices in intellectual property, particularly in the areas of trademark, copyright, and trade secrets. He also has experience with internet law, including privacy and cybersecurity issues. He can help with general business and contract matters as well. Mr. Montague is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a coveted honor that only one-half of a percent of U.S. attorneys obtains.
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