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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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Wes S.

Wes Schwie

8 reviews
Wes is a registered patent attorney with a unique mix of skills as a design engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and business executive. His experience includes preparing many patents for a range of clients including mechanical, electrical, and medical device arts. The goal of his firm is not to only protect their intellectual property, but use it to increase profits.
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Gargi P.

Gargi Phadatare

Gargi Phadatare is a registered patent agent based in Pune, India. She is familiar with several technology sectors and assists clients with patent applications and searches while advising them on patentability, infringement, competition, and validity issues. Gargi received an M.B.A., with a focus in finance, from the University of Pune and has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai.
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Mary M.

Mary Mcneill

Mary McNeill has over 25 years of experience in family law. She understands that all families and their needs are very different and believes this to be a vitally important concept when providing legal services in the area of family law. Over the years, she has represented a wide variety of clients from all age groups and walks of life.
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Michael B.

Michael Byrne

A patent attorney, Michael Byrne has written, prosecuted, and obtained patents for clients in a wide range of fields. He has experience in the areas of chemicals, polymers, advanced materials, nanotechnology, superhydrophobic surfaces, pharmaceutical compounds, oil and gas exploration and drilling, mechanical inventions, medical devices, marine equipment, and aeronautics.
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Tom R.

Tom Richmond

Tom is a patent attorney with experience as a senior programmer and software developer. While he worked as a patent attorney for two firms, he prepared and prosecuted US and foreign patent applications. His technical background enabled him to have a deep understanding of various aspects of technology including computer architecture, mobile communications, and computer software.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan Spangler

Jonathan Spangler is an attorney at law with over 22 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and is also a registered member of the California Patent Bar. Jonathan obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the University of Dayton School of Law. He primarily specializes in patents, with a particular focus on legal matters that involves trademark and copyright law. Between 2001 and 2016, Jonathan serves as the VP at Nuvasive.
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Andrew Rapacke

2 reviews
Andrew Rapacke is a trademark and patent attorney who has been serving corporate clients for the past four years. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and is also a member of the Florida Patent Bar. Andrew obtained his legal degree from the Florida State University College of Law. He is also skilled in providing legal assistance to startup companies. Andrew has been serving as the managing partner at The Rapacke Law Group since October 2017.
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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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