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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 Brandborg

56 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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John T Davis

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John T Davis is a patent attorney with more than six years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. John obtained his Juris Doctor degree in law after he graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law. John is also skilled in working on legal cases that involve trademark and copyright law. John founded his own legal firm in April 2015, where he serves corporate clients in patent-related legal matters.
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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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Pantea S.

Pantea Stevenson

4 reviews
After gaining experience at two prestigious international law firms, Pantea Stevenson founded her own practice, focused on providing high-quality client service. During her career, she has received several honors, including the Human Rights First Pro Bono Star, Safe Haven Award for immigration equality, Pro Bono & Community Service Award from Morgan Lewis, and Leadership Arlington Signature Class.
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Jordan P.

Jordan Porter

Jordan Porter, the Founder and Principal of J.D. Porter, LLC, has been very busy in the legal world since 2011. He was a Legal Intern at the Federal Communications Commission and a Student Attorney for the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic. His areas of expertise extend to criminal and civil litigation, legal research, appellate proceedings and other general legal services. He was a student of The George Washington University Law School. Jordan has obtained a J.D., a BA and a Master's Degree.
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Shannon W.

Shannon Warren

Shannon Warren is a registered Texas patent attorney and founder of the Law Office of Shannon Warren, PLLC. He has expertise in computer science, agricultural devices, software, and wind energy, among others. Shannon received a J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M. Before attending law school, he was an engineer and database administrator.
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Mark P.

Mark Plager

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Mark Plager is an attorney at law with over 26 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and is a member of the California Patent Bar. Mark has a Juris Doctorate degree in law, which he obtained after graduating from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Mark primary acts as a patent attorney, with exceptional experience in trademark and copyright law. Mark served as an attorney at his own law office for over 10 years.
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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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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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