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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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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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Ross Brandborg

47 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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Victor C.

Victor Cardona

Victor Cardona is an Intellectual Property Attorney experienced in procuring and enforcing rights in patents, trademarks and copyrights, including overseas IP protection. Formerly an Environmental Engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Victor founded his firm’s CleanTech Practice. He is also a registered U.S. Patent Attorney.
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Jeffery F.

Jeffery Frazier

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Jeffery Frazier has more than 20 years of intellectual property experience and has held several senior attorney positions with different companies. He is a two-time winner of the California Triple Crown and since 2010, Jeff formed a sole proprietorship and provides IP consultation and services. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys endurance road cycling and has a private pilot's license to fly.
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Vladimir T.

Vladimir Tsirkin

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Vladimir Tsirkin is an experienced patent attorney who has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. In addition, he is also a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars. Whether you are in need of help with business employment matters, patents, or intellectual property protection, Attorney Tsirkin can help you. Prior to working as an attorney, Mr. Tsirkin worked in the engineering field, which allows him to connect with clients and present them with helpful tips for their technology companies.
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Kunal J.

Kunal Jain

Kunal Jain is an attorney at law who has been serving corporate clients for the past three years. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree after he graduated from the Southwestern Law School. Kunal primarily specializes in trademark and copyright law. He often provides his legal services to startup companies and entrepreneurs. Between September 2013, and September 2017, Kunal served as a business associate at The Patel Law Firm.
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Herbert P.

Herbert Patty

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Herbert Patty is an intellectual property attorney who has been practicing law for the past 10 years. He is licensed in California and also a member of the California Patent Bar. Herbert obtained his degree in law from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He specializes in patents, as well as in trademark and copyright law. Herbert has been serving as the managing partner of his own law office since August 2010.
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Keala C.

Keala Chan

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Your patent needs are completely covered when you use Keala Chan and Chan Hubbard. Ms. Chan can obtain patents, provide expert counseling, review patent portfolio purchases, and litigate patent disputes. Her experience includes representing all types of businesses, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Her firm can also help with business formation and a variety of civil litigation matters.
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Our experienced Rockford 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 Rockford 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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