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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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Jason Nolan

27 reviews
Intellectual Property Lawyer with over 8 years experience, with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications. Previously a Patent Examin... read more
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Gregory C.

Gregory Carson

2 reviews
Greg is a USPTO Registered Patent Attorney, Inventor, Biomedical Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Business Owner. His practice areas focus on getting inventors patents and trade... read more
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Johnny M.

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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Bruce A. J.

Bruce A. Johnson

3 reviews
Bruce Johnson is an Intellectual property attorney with over twenty years of experience with law firms and start-up companies. Bruce has experience in a variety of legal ar... read more
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Deepali B.

Deepali Brahmbhatt

2 reviews
Deepali is rated for three consecutive years Northern California, Rising Stars and Top Women Attorneys, Super Lawyers, 2016-2018. Deepali is an Intellectual Property (re... read more
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Ana-Maria Galeano

2 reviews
FORMER BIG FIRM ASSOCIATE, IN-HOUSE COUNSEL AND ENTREPRENEUR PROVIDING QUALITY AND PRACTICAL LEGAL AND BUSINESS ADVICE I am a Capital Region based business attorney provi... read more
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Matthew P.

Matthew Patterson

2 reviews
Matthew Patterson has 25 years of experience in patent preparation and prosecution, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, counseling on global patent filing strategies,... read more
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Ruth Mae F.

Ruth Mae Finch, Esq.

Since 1978, Ruth Mae Finch has focused on protecting, enforcing, and defending intellectual property. She has litigated complex infringement cases as well as dilution, cybersquatting, and trade dress matters. Ruth Mae has also represented Fortune 500s like Volkswagen and CareFirst BCBS. As a young prosecutor in Baltimore, Ruth Mae's litigation skills earned her the nickname “First Degree Finch."
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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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