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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

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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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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Edward G.

Edward Grieff

A 20-year veteran, Grieff holds a distinctive niche in Intellectual Property law. As counsel with Mintz Levin in San Diego, CA., Grieff provides strategic advice and representation to pharmaceutical and chemical companies regarding patent, trademark, and copyright protection, among other services. He's also admitted to the bars in D.C., Pennsylvania, and the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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Steve D.

Steve Dubois

1 review
For the past 3 years and counting, Steve has been the Managing Partner and Owner of Patent Portfolio Builders, PLLC. Before that, he owned Potomac Patent Group, PLLC for 12 years. Altogether he has over 25 years of experience working with patents and technology. He covers all aspects of patents - from patent negotiation to patent litigation and much more. Steve studied Law in the George Mason University School of Law, obtaining his J.D. in 1993.
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John R.

John Roberts

Johns Roberts is an expert in IP matters. Since 2000, he has helped his clients—individuals, businesses and law firms—with a variety of different intellectual property matters. John also has a unique background which serves him well as a lawyer. Before practicing law, he worked as a product design engineer for General Motors. He has even pursued a patent of his own.
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Neil F.

Neil Fridman

2 reviews
I enjoy advising companies and identifying solutions to complex business and legal problems. My intimate knowledge of corporate/real estate law, investment banking, and pri... read more
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Jill J.

Jill Jacobson

5 reviews
With a Ph.D. in biochemistry and a technical background in chemistry and chemical engineering, Jill Jacobson’s expertise lies in biotechnology, life science, and Cleantech industries. She has more than 14 years’ experience working as a patent practitioner, providing clients with patent and trademark procurement, patent portfolio evaluation, and other intellectual property law services.
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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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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

26 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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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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