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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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Gloria M. S.

Gloria M. Steinberg

207 reviews
Gloria is a well-rounded patent attorney who runs her boutique law firm Steinberg Intellectual Property Law, LLP. She has filed hundreds of patent applications relating to software, telecommunications, biotech, and consumer products. During her free time, she is active in the legal community as a member of several intellectual property law associations and managing her blog IPRookie.com.
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Ross Brandborg

53 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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Ashkan N.

Ashkan Najafi

2 reviews
As a registered patent attorney with over a decade of experience, Ashkan Najafi brings personal experience to his practice. He is the holder of patents in mechanical, electrical, and software/business methods arts. He also advises clients on copyright and trademark issues. Ashkan’s expert legal advice helps his clients protect their creations and inventions and maintain a competitive edge.
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Shaun G.

Shaun Gregory

2 reviews
My practice is focused on patent prosecution and patent counseling for companies in the electronics and computer industries. My technology expertise includes telecommunicat... read more
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Alexandra  C.

Alexandra Cavazos

Alexandra Cavazos has a unique education that aids her in patent litigation and patent prosecution. She has a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology, which allows her to focus on patents in these fields as well as in biochemistry, immunology, diagnostics, pharmaceutical formations, and medical devices. She is currently an associate at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP.
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Steven R.

Steven Rowell

2 reviews
Steven Rowell is a business lawyer with more than 14 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and received his J.D. degree in law from the Western New England University School of Law. Steven is experienced in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as in labor and employment law. He also specializes in patents, as well as trademark and copyright law. Steven served as the vice president of Ahold USA Inc from January 2013 to January 2018.
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James S.

James Smedley

20 reviews
James is the managing member of the law firm, James M Smedley LLC, an intellectual property law boutique that focuses on intellectual property prosecution and corporate transactional matters. He has worked with clients of all sizes from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Outside of the office, he is a family man, wine lover, video gamer, and fitness fanatic.
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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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Antonio Miguel Ocasio

2 reviews
Currently, Antonio Ocasio is the Founder and Managing Partner of Aragon Partners LLP - a Corporate Law firm working with international clients and handling matters in real estate, intellectual property, tax and estate planning. He has practiced Law since the year 1995 and has gained much experience in legal advising. In the past he served as Counsel to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is currently enrolled in a program with the Columbia University School of Law.
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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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