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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

197 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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Peter D. S.

Peter D. Sleman

2 reviews
Peter D. Sleman is an intellectual property counselor who has been serving corporate clients for over a decade. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York. Peter is also a member of the New York Patent Bar. He obtained his legal degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law. Peter primarily specializes in legal matters involving patents. He is also experienced in trademark and copyright law. Peter is currently serving as the founding partner of PatentSpace.
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Sophie F.

Sophie Fix

2 reviews
Sophie Fix is a trademark and copyright attorney who has been providing her legal services to corporate clients for almost two decades. She has a Juris Doctorate degree in law, which she received after her graduation from the Notre Dame Law School. Sophie is also experienced in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts. She served as the director of strategic initiatives at Wedgewood between May 2014 and December 2017.
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Christopher C.

Christopher Campbell

2 reviews
Chris is an experienced patent agent with expertise drafting and prosecuting patent applications for inventions in a range of technologies. He graduated in 2008 with a B.S.... read more
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Martin L.

Martin Lefevour

2 reviews
Marty has been practicing IP law for over 23 years, representing clients that range from individual inventors and small companies to large corporations in patent, trademark... read more
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Steve D.

Steve Dubois

1 review
For the past 3 years and counting, Steve has been the Managing Partner and Owner of Patent Portfolio Builders, PLLC. Before that, he owned Potomac Patent Group, PLLC for 12 years. Altogether he has over 25 years of experience working with patents and technology. He covers all aspects of patents - from patent negotiation to patent litigation and much more. Steve studied Law in the George Mason University School of Law, obtaining his J.D. in 1993.
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Michael M.

Michael Mccoy

Michael McCoy has experience in business, intellectual properties and licensing practice areas. He also specializes in business formation, employment, real estate and commercial contracts. Michael has worked with numerous software developers and technology companies over the past 10 years. He is licensed to practice law in Texas. Michael received his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Texas School of Law.
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Don H.

Don Hoekman

A specialist in the fields of mass spectrometry, software, and intellectual property, Don Hoekman holds degrees in law, electrical engineering, and physics from William Howard Taft University. He has 20 years’ experience in scientific instruments and eight years’ experience in patent drafting, evaluation, license and contract negotiation, and trademark practice.
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Our experienced Greenville 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 Greenville 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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