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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

151 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

115 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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Jonathan P.

Jonathan Phillips

2 reviews
focus my practice in three main - Intellectual property and internet law. I obtain intellectual property protection for firm clients and enforce those rights. I also defe... read more
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Raihan I.

Raihan Islam

Raihan Islam is a freelance Trial Attorney works for the Halluer Law Firm. This law firm in particular focuses on legal matters such as criminal defense, family law, personal injury, estate planning and military law. Raihan has a background in IT, marketing and management and he handles commercial contract drafting and disputes - managing legal risks and costs.
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Andrew Pharar

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Andrew Pharar is an attorney at law who specializes in providing corporate legal services to clients in California. He received a Juris Doctorate degree in law after he graduated from the University of La Verne, College of Law. Andrew specializes in dealing with legal cases that involve patents. He is also exceptionally skilled in dealing with trademark and copyright law. Andrew founded his own legal firm, Pharar Patents, in December 2016.
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Jun H.

Jun Ha

2 reviews
Jun is a patent attorney with extensive patent experience in various electrical/mechanical technologies, including wireless communication, mobile devices, software, digital... read more
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Bill Nowakowski

Bill Nowakowski is a patent attorney with over 13 years’ experience. He is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. Bill is also a member of the United States Patent Office. He has a J.D. in law, which he obtained after graduating from the SUNY Buffalo Law School. Bill is also experienced in dealing with legal matters related to copyright and trademark law. He has been a counselor at Magavern Grimm LLP since September 2016.
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Karén T.

Karén Tonoyan

Karén is an intellectual property attorney with a passion for technology and innovation. He has worked in the IT field as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office specializing in electronic and mechanical devices in areas including clothing designs, toys, musical instruments, and computer software. Karén has helped clients overcome their business hurdles.
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Our experienced Saint Paul 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.

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Our Saint Paul 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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