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Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez

113 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. S.

Gloria M. Steinberg

205 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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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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Larisa M.

Larisa Migachyov

1 review
Larisa brings real-world engineering experience to her patent practice. She holds a master's degree in biomechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Her practice areas include patent and trademark prosecution with a focus on individual inventors and small early-stage startups. While Larisa is based in San Francisco, she represents clients throughout the country.
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Mark G.

Mark Gonzales

Available 24 hours a day and collecting no fees unless the client wins, Mark Gonzales’ law firm proves that results really do matter. Representing individuals in personal injury, auto accident, and medical malpractice cases, Mark Gonzales advocates for your rights and acts as the arm that understands the law while pushing it in your favor. As a licensed practitioner in California, Mark Gonzales also covers issues involving serious brain injury, wrongful death, product liability, and dog attacks.
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Jason D. S.

Jason D. Stone

2 reviews
Jason is a patent attorney with a background in computer science. He comes from a diverse business and technology background and focuses his practice on intellectual proper... read more
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Kinza H.

Kinza Hecht

Kinza Hecht has nine years of experience as a corporate attorney. She is licensed to practice law in New York, and she is a member of the New York Patent Bar. Kinza primarily specializes in patents, and she has experienced in all areas related to patent design, review and tactics. She received a J.D. in law from the Rutgers University School of Law. Kinza founded her own law firm, Hard IP LLC, in May 2016, where she now acts as the managing principal.
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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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Brett W. H.

Brett W. Hagadorn

Over 20 years in-house experience in Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare companies. Provide general legal consulting services with focus on Life S... read more
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Robert J. S.

Robert J. Sayfie

Attorney Robert J. Sayfie is a hard-working patent attorney who has additional experience in trials and engineering. He is able to help you protect all of your company’s best investments and also helps protect your copyrights, trade secrets, and more. Attorney Sayfie is an aggressive attorney who will file and prosecute for design and utility patents while preparing all of the necessary paperwork to prove infringement on a patent.
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