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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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Vincent B.

Vincent Bailey

1 review
Attorney Vincent Bailey is a seasoned patent and intellectual property attorney with over 20 years of experience. He focuses on cases involving application prosecution through the USPTO. Attorney Bailey helps businesses whose intellectual property has been compromised or used without permission. In addition to his experience with trademarks and patents, he also helps joint ventures and startup companies with business formation.
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Alistair C.

Alistair Chan

3 reviews
Alistair is a skilled IP Attorney with nearly 20 years of experience. He holds a PhD. in Aerospace Engineering and is registered with the USPTO. He has written and prosecut... read more
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Daniel H.

Daniel Hopkinson

Daniel is a registered patent attorney with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of patent preparation and prosecution. He is currently managing all aspects of intellectual property for JS Products, both foreign and domestic. He previously wrote and prosecuted applications for some of the largest and most recognizable corporations in the world.
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Ej A.

Ej Archuleta

EJ Archuleta is an attorney and entrepreneur based in Austin. He is the co-founder of Scanther, a technology startup that develops apps and online solutions for businesses. Previously, he founded a law firm that specialized in immigration, business, and family law. He also has experience with business formation, contracts, and intellectual property. EJ holds a J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
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Pamela V.

Pamela Vavra

Pamela Vavra was previously an engineer, systems analyst and software developer. Now she is an Attorney practicing law in California - she is a Certified Informational Privacy Professional. Her practice areas include Business, Intellectual Property, Privacy, as well as Landlord or Tenant matters. Pamela attended Santa Clara University School of Law. She is admitted to the State Bar of California.
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Michael H.

Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman has years of experience when it comes to intellectual property. He currently handles patent prosecution, trademark law, dispute resolution, and licensing. Before practicing law, Michael was a senior software engineer, an experience he utilizes to assist his technology-oriented clients. He also received The Capital District Business Review’s “40 Under Forty” award, a distinction used to recognize up-and-coming members of the business community.
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Benjamin T.

Benjamin Thompson

1 review
Ben handles complex commercial disputes and transactions. His practice areas include intellectual property, entertainment, e-commerce, employment, corporate structuring, bankruptcy, and alternative dispute resolution. Ben was recently an adjunct professor of law teaching Negotiation Strategy at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and coaches the school’s mediation and negotiation competition teams.
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