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Kanika R.

Kanika Radhakrishnan

430 reviews
Kanika is an experienced Patent Attorney and Managing Partner of Evergreen Valley Law Group in Silicon Valley, which serves innovative entrepreneurs with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. She has filed over 5,000 patent applications in the U.S. and worldwide with a successful track record of obtaining patents for clients.
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Ross Brandborg

427 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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Alexis Saenz

93 reviews
Alexis Saenz is a patent attorney who has prepared hundreds of patent applications and responses to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He mainly works with start-up ventures and mid-sized companies in the growth stage. Alexis' personal experience with a startup company has given him deep insight into the process that guides his patent and intellectual property services.
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Sam G.

Sam Goldstein

56 reviews
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Joel D.

Joel Douglas

31 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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Mandana Jafarinejad

19 reviews
Mandana Jafarinejad is a patent attorney with seven years of experience. She is exceptionally skilled in dealing with corporate legal matters that involves trademark and copyright law. Mandana has been licensed to practice law in California and she is a member of the California Patent Bar. She attended the Western State University College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in law. Mandana has been serving as a patent attorney at MJIP An Intellectual Property Firm since 2011.
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Samuel P.

Samuel Pierce

13 reviews
I earned an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and began my career as a financial analyst. I understand how investors look at va... read more
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Charles S.

Charles Shull

8 reviews
Charles is an electro-mechanical patent attorney. He has worked for numerous global companies, like Rolls Royce Power, Case New Holland, Bridgestone, and Voith, midsize com... read more
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Monica W.

Monica Winghart

5 reviews
Monica is the founder of Voltage Law and specializes in working with tech, SaaS, consumer products and healthcare industries. Throughout her career, Monica has held leaders... read more
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Aaron W.

Aaron Wilkerson

3 reviews
Aaron is a registered patent attorney that enjoys the challenge of all aspects of intellectual property practice, including patent, trademark, trade secret, domain name and... 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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