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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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Ross Brandborg

66 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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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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Donald W.

Donald Wenskay

Protecting your company’s assets is important and attorney Donald Wenskay can help you. As an experienced patent attorney with over 21 years of experience, Mr. Wenskay is able to help you navigate through the paperwork and legal woes related to all copyrights, trademarks, and patents. His experience specifically lies within the areas of medical devices, computer hardware, software, optics, media, and the Internet.
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Micah J.

Micah Jeppsen

Micah Jeppsen is a patent attorney with five years of experience. He has worked with numerous large corporations, including HP and Microsoft. Micah is licensed to practice law in Utah and he is also a member of the Utah Patent Bar Association. He holds a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law. Micah is currently a patent attorney for the International Intellectual Property Law Group.
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Stephanie G.

Stephanie Gordon

Stephanie Gordon is a corporate attorney that has recently been licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. She obtained her J.D. in law from the St. Thomas University School of Law. Stephanie specializes in providing legal assistance to entrepreneurs and startup businesses. She is also exceptionally skilled in dealing with real estate cases, as well as cases related to trademark and copyright law. Stephanie founded her own law firm in 2017.
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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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Ahaji A.

Ahaji Amos

35 reviews
Ahaji Amos has over 18 years of experience as a corporate attorney. She focuses on providing legal assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in the startup stage, with exceptional experience in trademark and copyright law, as well as in dealing with patents. Ahaji is licensed to practice law in Texas, North Carolina and Missouri. She is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. Ahaji has been an associate attorney at Poyner Spruill since February 2012.
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Marylin J.

Marylin Jenkins

Marylin is an experienced Of Counsel of Edgcomb Law Group LLP whose practice currently focuses on environmental litigation, hazardous waste site remediation, administrative enforcement and regulatory issues, and natural resource damage claims. She has led counsel in over 40 jury and non-jury trials and has never lost a matter taken to trial. She has won national awards for litigation management.
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Taylor M. C.

Taylor M. Curtis

2 reviews
Taylor graduated from Villanova University School of law and has a bachelor of science in chemical engineering also from Villanova University. Her practice areas include in... read more
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Our experienced West Monroe 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 West Monroe 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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