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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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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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Gloria M. S.

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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James S.

James Smedley

22 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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Zareefa Burki F.

Zareefa Burki Flener

Zareefa is the Principal of FLENER IP LAW, where she helps her clients manage their intellectual property portfolios. She has practiced Law for over a decade and her experience extends to international and patent portfolios in fields such as electrical, mechanical, pharma, biotech, design and computer software. In 2014-2016, Zareefa has been recognized as an IP Star in Illinois and in the United States as well as in the Top 250 women in IP. She graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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Margaret (Margie) O.

Margaret (Margie) O'connor

Margaret O’Connor graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s of science degree in math before studying law at Loyola University Chicago. Although Margie O’Connor is a general attorney who has worked in a big firm and government environments, she prefers advocating for clients in corporate law, assisting executives with improving their processes while being conscious of budgets and bottom lines.
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Richard E.

Richard Eldredge

297 reviews
Richard Eldredge is a corporate attorney and a professor of law. He has over seven years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Richard is experienced in patents and business formation, as well as trademark and copyright law. He received his degree in law from the La Verne College of Law. Richard has been a patent attorney and engineer at the Eldrege Law Firm since September 2005.
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Richard I.

Richard Irving

Richard Irving is an experienced attorney with over 22 years of experience and holds a degree in the fields of mathematics and computer science. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Irving spent 20 years in the computer industry working on and studying computers. As a patent attorney, Mr. Irving is able to help you navigate your way through the paperwork while protecting your ideas and inventions. He specializes in patents related to technology and computer hardware and software.
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Gary W.

Gary Winer

4 reviews
Gary Winer is a patent attorney with 12 years’ experience. He specializes in intellectual property law and the majority of his clients are in the technology and electronics industry. Gary obtained a Juris Doctor degree in law from the New England Law School. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Massachusetts. Gary has been a managing member at Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco PL since 2007.
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J G

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Our Laurel 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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