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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

460 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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David Yamaguchi

235 reviews
Startups and small businesses sometimes need someone who can deal with complex transactions on an international playing field. David Yamaguchi specializes in content hosting issues and intellectual property. He concentrates his practice in the United States, Asia, India, and Europe. Whether you are a business giant or a startup, Mr. Yamaguchi can provide legal advice that fits your needs.
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Sam G.

Sam Goldstein

56 reviews
Bankruptcy Consultant for Businesses/Individuals considering Chapter 7, 11, or 13 filings, handling both consultation and representation. Small Business professional exp... read more
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Ali S.

Ali Shalchi

53 reviews
Ali brings a diverse range of experience gained from practice at major law firms (e.g. Paul Hastings LLP) and as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 tech company (Illumina I... read more
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Joel D.

Joel Douglas

33 reviews
U.S. Patent Agent & Serial Entrepreneur Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Florida, Texas Named Inventor on 103 Patents Built and Exited Multiple Million Dollar Comp... read more
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Niq Howard

16 reviews
I want your business to succeed as much as you do, which is why I help create strategies and solutions that fit the unique needs of you and your Intellectual Property. Work... read more
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Michael A.

Michael Ansell

5 reviews
Founder and managing member of NextGen Counsel LLC, regularly counseling businesses and having conducted numerous jury and bench trials, arbitrations, and administrative he... read more
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Brooks L.

Brooks Lindsay

5 reviews
Brooks is the Founding Attorney of Light Legal PLLC, providing light-weight, light-speed, top-quality legal services for businesses at about half the price of BigLaw. Brook... read more
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Kyle D.

Kyle Davis

4 reviews
I am a registered patent attorney with over 14 years experience both obtaining and litigating intellectual property rights. I have represented large corporations in federal... read more
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Kevin M.

Kevin Mccusker

With a PhD in physics and a degree in computer engineering, Kevin McCusker applies his knowledge of electrical engineering and physics-related technology to IP matters in a... read more
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Our experienced Waukegan 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 Waukegan 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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