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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. S.

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 B.

Ross Brandborg

42 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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Todd W.

Todd Wakefield

Based in Utah, Todd Wakefield is a personal injury, real estate, and corporate attorney. He brings 23 years of litigation and corporate leadership experience. Currently, he serves as General Counsel to Layfield & Barrett in Park City. Previously, he founded two companies, Attensity Corp. and NexTalk and he holds 6 U.S. patents. Todd holds a J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
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Bill N.

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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Shannon W.

Shannon Warren

Shannon Warren is a registered Texas patent attorney and founder of the Law Office of Shannon Warren, PLLC. He has expertise in computer science, agricultural devices, software, and wind energy, among others. Shannon received a J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M. Before attending law school, he was an engineer and database administrator.
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Brian A.

Brian Abergel

Brian Abergel is an attorney at law who primarily focuses on real estate transactions. He has been practicing law in Florida for the past two years and received a Juris Doctorate degree from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law School. Apart from his experience in real estate law, Brian also specializes in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Since July 2016, Brian has been a partner at Weinkle Abergel Law Group.
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Katherine G.

Katherine Gruner

Katherine A. Gruner is an experienced attorney with legal expertise in contract drafting, review, and negotiation, as well as intellectual property (IP) law and business co... read more
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Kevin K.

Kevin Keener

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Kevin Keener is an intellectual property attorney with almost a decade of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and he is also a member of the Illinois Patent Bar. Kevin holds a Juris Doctor in law, which he obtained after graduating from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He specializes in commercial contracts, labor and employment law, and general IP-related matters. Keener is currently a partner attorney at Keener and Associates, P.C.
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Richard F.

Richard Finkelstein

2 reviews
The RC Trademark Company started as a law practice limited exclusively to trademarks because we discovered, while working with other organizations that do not handle tradem... read more
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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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