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Tampa Patent Attorneys & Lawyers for Hire

Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez Licensed in CA, Patent Bar

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.
107 reviews
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Gloria M. S.

Gloria M. Steinberg Licensed in PA, Patent Bar

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.
199 reviews
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Irvin T.

Irvin Tyan Licensed in CA

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.
43 reviews
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Olivier K.

Olivier Kamanda Licensed in DC, MD

Formerly an investment funds attorney and general counsel to a real estate equity market, Olivier Kamanda has experience in securities regulation, corporate formation, human resources, and employment law. He is also the founder of Ideal Impact, a digital platform that engages users with social impact opportunities and was speechwriter and senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Norton T.

Norton Townsley Licensed in CA

Before opening his practice as a patent attorney, Norton worked for over 25 years in the Southern California aerospace industry. He is admitted to the State Bar of California, licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a California Licensed Professional Engineer, and a trained mediator. He is one of the founders of Belasco Jacobs & Townsley, LLP.
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Ahaji A.

Ahaji Amos Licensed in NC, TX, Patent Bar

Ahaji Amos has over 18 years of experience as a corporate attorney. She focuses on providing legal assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in the startup stage, with exceptional experience in trademark and copyright law, as well as in dealing with patents. Ahaji is licensed to practice law in Texas, North Carolina and Missouri. She is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. Ahaji has been an associate attorney at Poyner Spruill since February 2012.
11 reviews
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Simana R.

Simana Rao Licensed in NJ, NY, Patent Bar

Simana Rao knows that startups do not have a lot of funds when they are just entering the market. That is why she prides herself on providing cost-effective intellectual property services for these small to medium businesses. Her background in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering has served her clients well. Whether you need to apply for a patent application or prosecute a trademark, Ms. Rao can help.
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Joel S.

Joel Sanderson Licensed in TN, VA

Currently, Joel Sanderson works as a judicial law clerk for the Federal Court of Appeals. Prior to that, Joel worked for an organization called Inherit Your Rights, a women’s rights organization that focuses on property rights and inheritance. He also worked as a prosecution appeals legal researcher for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal.
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Herbert P.

Herbert Patty Licensed in CA, Patent Bar

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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Jaime B.

Jaime Batt Licensed in CA

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Why Hire a Patent Lawyer?

Although the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does not require a patent attorney to file an application on your behalf, most inventors and startups prefer to hire an experienced patent lawyer.

Filing a patent is a long, stressful process that requires a lot of research. Even if you do your best, you could still end up submitting your application with an error or omission, which will stall the process and cost you more money in fees.

The best patent lawyers in Tampa understand the process down to the finest detail. The right patent lawyer will have technology expertise, a full understanding of the application process, research skills, and the dedication to represent you to the USPTO. He or she also will have provable success in getting patents for other clients.

Patent lawyers in Tampa, Florida, will help you with several concerns.

  • Patentability: Your invention must be innovative, useful, new, and non-obvious. Your patent lawyer will search through extensive databases to make sure your invention has a good chance of being patented.
  • Patent Filing: The top patent attorneys will create your patent application for you, document the necessary items and illustrations, and consider foreign patent laws if you're patenting your idea internationally. Your lawyer will also file the application by the deadline.
  • Representation: Once USPTO examiners have gone over your application, they may have questions or want additional information. Your patent attorney will represent you every step of the way, drafting modifications and negotiating with examiners as needed.

Most patent lawyers have experience in working with all types of patents. There are as many as six types of patents issued by the USPTO, but the three main types are design, utility, and plant patents. If you're an inventor or startup owner, you will most likely be applying for a design or utility patent. Your lawyer will inform you which type of patent you need and how long it will last once approved.

The best patent lawyers will also provide advice in the form of one-on-one counsel. When you hire a patent attorney, you never have to deal with the endless research or application process alone.

How to Find the Best Patent Lawyer in Tampa

Cities like Tampa are home to countless types of attorneys who practice in the area. When you're looking to hire a Tampa patent lawyer, make sure you interview lawyers who are members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and/or the American Bar Association. Each of these associations offers lawyer referral services.

You can also find patent lawyers on other websites like UpCounsel. Here you can view lawyer profiles, compare education and experience, compare repeat hires, and request proposals.

Before selecting a patent lawyer, make sure the attorney is in good standing. You can do this by searching for any complaints against the attorney with the appropriate bar association. For instance, The Florida Bar will note any disciplinary history within the last 10 years on an attorney's public record. Simply navigate to floridabar.org, click on Find a Lawyer, and search for the lawyer's name.

Other important things to keep in mind when hiring a patent lawyer include:

  • Location: You want a good lawyer who isn't too far from your home or office. Otherwise, you'll be spending a lot of time and money driving back and forth.
  • Rate: Patent lawyers may charge by the hour or offer a flat rate. While you should invest in a good attorney, you will need one who can work with your budget.
  • Availability: Make sure to ask how much access you'll have to your lawyer. Does he or she plan to charge for each email or phone call? How often does your lawyer expect to meet with you in person? You don't want a patent lawyer who already has a full schedule and can't devote the appropriate amount of time to your case.
  • Experience: How many other patent cases has the attorney successfully represented? Patent law is a highly technical field, so it's important to hire someone who has received special training or has devoted years to the subject.

When hiring any lawyer, consider your options and interview multiple attorneys. Even if you think you've found the best attorney at the first interview, meet with others to make sure you're getting the right one.

Questions for a Patent Lawyer

  • What is your technical background?
  • How long have you been practicing as a patent attorney?
  • Have you ever been disciplined or accused of misconduct?
  • What percentage of your practice is devoted to patent law?
  • Have you worked with a client like me? If so, what was the outcome of the patent filing?
  • Will you be filing all paperwork or will you hand some off to a paralegal?
  • Can you provide a confidential client recommendation or referral letter?

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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Tampa Patent Attorneys

Our experienced Tampa 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 Tampa 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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