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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.
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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.
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Cary C.

Cary Chien Licensed in CA

Cary Chien brings an impressive professional resume to the table with a specialized education and former career as a test engineer which adds notable credibility to his rising legal career in Hopkins & Carley’s IP & Patent Litigation Department in San Jose, CA. As a published legal author, he's established a striking presence in the complex, competitive and high-risk field of IP law.
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James S.

James Smedley Licensed in NJ, NY, PA, Patent Bar

James is the managing member of the law firm, James M Smedley LLC, an intellectual property law boutique that focuses on intellectual property prosecution and corporate transactional matters. He has worked with clients of all sizes from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Outside of the office, he is a family man, wine lover, video gamer, and fitness fanatic.
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Alan K.

Alan Kendrick Licensed in CA

Alan Kendrick’s areas of expertise include intellectual property, trademark, and patent law. With a background in engineering, he has 18 years of legal experience and has advised clients ranging from individuals to businesses and research institutions. Alan holds a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, as well as a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University.
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Mary M.

Mary Mcneill Licensed in CA

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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Alistair C.

Alistair Chan Licensed in MN, Patent Bar

Alistair is a skilled Patent Attorney with nearly 20 years of experience. He holds a PhD. in Aerospace Engineering and is registered with the USPTO. He has written and pros... read more
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Thomas L.

Thomas Love Licensed in CT

Holder of seven patents, Thomas Love has a work history spanning from a partnership in a major firm (specializing in international corporate finance) to working at a number of startups, including in software, global supply chain, and online education. Today, Mr. Love represents clients worldwide and has provided his services to non-profits in theater, women’s empowerment, medical education, and more.
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