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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

299 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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Sam Goldstein

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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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Johnny Manriquez

115 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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Kenneth K.

Kenneth Knox

4 reviews
I help companies and individual inventors with complex intellectual property issues in all areas, including litigation, post-grant procedures, strategic counseling, prosecu... read more
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Alex R.

Alex Robertson

2 reviews
Alex Robertson has extensive experience as an intellectual property attorney and often assists high-tech startup companies with legal matters that pose as obstacles to their formation. Alex has a license to provide legal services in California. He has a Juris Doctor degree, which he obtained from the Pepperdine University School of Law. Since 2014, Alex has been the senior engineering specialist at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc.
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Brian Malkin

2 reviews
Brian Malkin is an attorney at law with 23 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Brian is also a member of the Pennsylvania Patent Bar. He has a J.D. in law, which he obtained from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Brian primarily specializes in trademark and copyright law. He has been serving as the principal attorney of Ference & Associates since November 2009. Prior to this position, he was an attorney at Malone Middleman, PC.
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Edward R.

Edward Ryan

2 reviews
Ed Ryan is a patent attorney with a background in Physics and has patent experience in a wide array of technological fields. Mr. Ryan performs patent prosecution, trademark... read more
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George S.

George Scott

2 reviews
George "Jorde" Scott graduated cum laude from SMU law school in 2008 and received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M. He has handled all stages... read more
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Robin P.

Robin Phillips

2 reviews
Robin Phillips is a trial lawyer with over a decade of litigation experience. He has tried over 30 jury trials and negotiated settlements in hundreds of cases. Phillips li... read more
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Emily C.

Emily Cabrera

Emily graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Philosophy. Prior to and while she attended law school, E... read more
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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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