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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

43 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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Laura W.

Laura Witbeck

Laura Witbeck is a corporate attorney with more than a decade worth of experience. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. Laura obtained her J.D. degree in law after she graduated from the Brigham Young University – J. Reuben Clark Law School. She primarily specializes in legal matters that involve patents. Since May 2009, Laura has been serving as a patent attorney at Osha Liang.
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Arthur M.

Arthur Mogilefksy

2 reviews
Arthur Mogilefsky is an attorney at law who has been serving corporate clients for more than four decades. He is licensed to provide his legal services to corporate clients in California. Arthur obtained his legal degree from the Lincoln Law School of San Jose. He primarily deals with legal matters that involve patents, but is also experienced in other business-related lawsuits. Arthur founded the Mogilefsky Law Firm in November 1976.
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Wade O.

Wade Orr

2 reviews
I have a broad practice in the field of intellectual property law including patent application preparation and prosecution, trademark application preparation and prosecutio... read more
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Manal D.

Manal Dia

Manal is a lawyer, engineer, and entrepreneur with 5 years of experience in patent prosecution and patent rights management. While she has helped represent a diverse group of clients, she loves working with startups and helping them navigate the complexities of the patent system. She is very familiar with the highs and lows of startup life because she co-founded a 3D printing startup.
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Daniel K.

Daniel Kadin

IP and commercial litigator with patent litigation experience in life sciences/medical device, telecom, computer software, and automotive accessory industries. Experience a... read more
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Thomas L.

Thomas Love

68 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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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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