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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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Trang Q. T.

Trang Q. Tran

Tran is a trial lawyer who constantly works on honing his skills and improving his craft. His firm, Tran Law Firm LLP, is mainly focused on civil litigation involving commercial disputes and employment law, which involves all aspects of employment litigation and counseling. Tran has been rated by Super Lawyers and is a member of 10 organizations outside of his practice.
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Todd W.

Todd Wakefield

Based in Utah, Todd Wakefield is a personal injury, real estate, and corporate attorney. He brings 23 years of litigation and corporate leadership experience. Currently, he serves as General Counsel to Layfield & Barrett in Park City. Previously, he founded two companies, Attensity Corp. and NexTalk and he holds 6 U.S. patents. Todd holds a J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
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John V.

John Vodopia

2 reviews
John F. Vodopia is a US Patent Attorney since 1992, who worked as an electrical and computer engineer in sonar-related technology (ASW) from 1984 through 1989. Mr. Vodopia ... read more
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Dan S.

Dan Shifrin

146 reviews
Dan Shifrin has over 25 years of experience in patent law. He has seen the rise of the technology sector and his experience allows him to aid clients nationwide. Whether you need a patent drafted or need to deal with patent litigation, Mr. Shifrin has the knowledge and skills to meet your needs. His experience also expands outside of the technology arena to electrical, fitness, consumer items, and so much more.
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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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Taylor J. H.

Taylor J. Howard, Esq.

2 reviews
Taylor J. Howard is an attorney at law who was recently licensed to practice law in California. He has a J.D. in law, which he obtained after he graduated from the Southwestern Law School. Taylor is exceptionally experienced in dealing with legal matters that involve trademark and copyright law. He also assists his clients in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts. Taylor has been a counselor at A.E.I Law since December 2016.
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Sophie F.

Sophie Fix

2 reviews
Sophie Fix is a trademark and copyright attorney who has been providing her legal services to corporate clients for almost two decades. She has a Juris Doctorate degree in law, which she received after her graduation from the Notre Dame Law School. Sophie is also experienced in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts. She served as the director of strategic initiatives at Wedgewood between May 2014 and December 2017.
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Why Hire a Patent Lawyer

Whether this is your first time filing a patent application or you've filed a patent application in the past, there are many ways that a top Minneapolis patent attorney can help you throughout the process. There are many steps to receive a patent and making sure that your invention is eligible for a patent. These steps might include:

  • Patent Search: A patent search is completed by searching databases of patents. Once an invention is patented, it cannot be patented again. A patent search helps an inventor to confirm that their invention is new and novel. If that invention isn't novel, it's not eligible for a patent. This is discovered during the patent search.

  • Provisional Patent: If a thorough patent search is completed and it's concluded that your invention is eligible for a patent, then it's time to file a provisional patent. A provisional patent is similar to a reservation at a restaurant. It holds the applicant's place by giving them a filing date. An early filing date on a provisional patent application can be the difference between being the first to file a patent application on an invention and the second. Only the first person to file a patent application is eligible to own the patent.

  • Non-Provisional Patent: A non-provisional patent application is the second and more complicated step when applying for a patent. The non-provisional application requires a lot of information and data about the invention. This application will be reviewed by a patent examiner and will result in either patent approval or denial. A patent denial can be appealed.

  • Patent Infringement: A Minneapolis patent lawyer can also help an inventor to defend his patent in the case of patent infringement. Patent infringement is the improper use of a patented invention by someone other than the owner.

Hiring a Minneapolis patent lawyer can bring many benefits. Some of those benefits could be:

  • Simplifying the patent application process.

  • Keeping track of due dates and requirements when filing provisional and non-provisional patent applications.

  • Representing you in court for a patent infringement lawsuit

  • Can recommend if your invention is eligible for a patent, if it needs international protection, and what type of patent you should apply for.

  • Can ensure full patent protection through an accurate patent application

How to Find the Best Patent Lawyer in Minneapolis

Check a patent lawyer's credentials before hiring him. A Minneapolis patent attorney should:

  • Be a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. You can check on their website to make sure that lawyers are a member in good standing.

  • Have a few years of experience in patent law.

  • Have experience with the type of patent you're applying for.

  • Have experience with the type of invention your patent is for.

  • Have experience filing patent applications.

  • Have experience litigating patent infringement cases.

When seeking the help of a Minneapolis patent attorney, ensure that the lawyer is someone you can respect and work well with. A patent application is a complicated process, and it's essential that your lawyer understands everything about your invention. This means it's important that your lawyer is:

  • Detail oriented

  • Submits applications on time

  • Has time to work with you personally

  • Has the resources and connection to properly file the patent application

It's also crucial that your lawyer has the staff to support your application throughout the entire process. This might include:

  • Someone experience in patent searches.

  • A draftsman to create drawings and sketches of the invention.

  • Paralegals or patent agents to make drafts of the patent application for his review

Once you've selected a few top Minneapolis patent attorneys who have the right credentials, ask him some important questions.

Questions for a Patent Lawyer

  • Will communication be directly to you or through a paralegal or secretary?

  • Will you hire a draftsman to make drawings of the invention for filing with the patent?

  • What are your credentials as a patent lawyer?

  • Will I need international protection for my patent?

  • What's the benefit of patenting my invention?

  • Is my invention something that can be patented?

  • How much do you charge to prepare and file a patent application?

  • How many patent applications does your firm file each year?

  • What is your firm's success rate in patent application approval?

  • What experience do you have with patent infringement litigation?

  • How much do you charge if I need to sue for patent infringement?

  • How many patent specialists work at your firm and how many years of experience do they have?

A Minneapolis patent attorney can help you will a patent search, a provisional patent application, a non-provisional patent application, or a patent infringement lawsuit. No matter what stage you are in your invention, a patent lawyer can help you to decide when it's time to submit your patent application.

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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Minneapolis Patent Attorneys

Our experienced Minneapolis patent attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses throughout the world with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution matters. They have extensive experience handling applications from nearly every sector of technology, including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, communication networks, internet systems and methods, automotive, medical equipment, construction technology, consumer electronics, and clean technology research and development.

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 Minneapolis 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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