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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

109 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

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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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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Alan K.

Alan Kendrick

Alan Kendrick’s areas of expertise include intellectual property, trademark, and patent law. With a background in engineering, he has 18 years of legal experience and has advised clients ranging from individuals to businesses and research institutions. Alan holds a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, as well as a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University.
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Antony H.

Antony Hilton

Hilton Legal Group represents clients as General, In-House Counsel, or as attorneys for hire. Our firm provides business legal representation in matters that include financ... read more
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James S.

James Smedley

23 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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Stephanie W.

Stephanie Wood

Stephanie has been practicing commercial and intellectual property litigation for over 10 years. She has a gift for viewing problems and solutions from a macro to micro level. Before becoming an Associate at Bragalone Conroy, PC, she worked at international law firms. Stephanie provides practical advice to clients in litigation matters such as patent licensing disputes and unfair competition.
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George Scott

2 reviews
George "Jorde" Scott graduated cum laude from SMU law school in 2008 and received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M. He has handled all stages... read more
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Eric Onyango

2 reviews
Eric Onyango is an attorney at law with more than four years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and has been admitted to the U.S. Tax Court. Eric obtained his degree in law from The John Marshall Law School. He mainly focuses on labor and employment-related legal matters, but is also experienced in dealing with startup businesses. Eric is also skilled in dealing with tax law matters. He is currently serving as the managing attorney at Prime Legal LLC.
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K. Brandon M.

K. Brandon Middleton

2 reviews
Brandon is the lead attorney of WLJ Tech Law, a specialized group of WLJ attorneys who dedicate a portion of their practices to developing relationships with entrepreneurs ... read more
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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 Mankato 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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