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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

187 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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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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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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Michael O.

Michael O'brien

21 reviews
Michael is a registered patent attorney who started the Law Office of Michael O’Brien in 2011 with the goal of providing top quality intellectual property services to clients. He has drafted hundreds of patent applications for individual inventors, small businesses, and entrepreneurs throughout the country. Michael also teaches Business Law to university students.
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Jack Jacobs

2 reviews
Jack Jacobs is the current Managing Partner at Cleantech Law Partners - a Law Firm focusing on the renewable energy industry - and has been for over 7 years. Before that, he worked as an Environmental Litigation Lawyer, as well as a Consultant for many different corporations around the world. Jack obtained his J.D. from the Vermont Law School, and his Masters in Environmental Law and Natural Resource Policy from Lewis & Clark Law School.
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Mei T.

Mei Tsang

2 reviews
Mei has an international intellectual property practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to ... read more
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Bethany W.

Bethany Whelan

2 reviews
Bethany has seven years of IP experience, including patent and trademark prosecution, portfolio management, opinion drafting, and IP licensing. Bethany graduated from Vande... read more
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Mansi P.

Mansi Parikh

2 reviews
Mansi Parikh is an attorney at the law firm of Schumann Hanlon Margulies LLC, where she chairs the Intellectual Property group. She is admitted to practice law in New York ... read more
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Diana M.

Diana Mederos

Diana Mederos offers a fresh perspective in the world of IP law. A solopreneur operating a virtual practice out of Jacksonville, FL., Mederos is registered to practice as a Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This gives her the ability to serve clients nationwide. Founder of Mederos Legal, PLLC, Mederos is a graduate of the Florida Coastal School of Law.
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Ernie C.

Ernie Ciccotelli

The Law Office of Ernie Ciccotelli began as a general practice firm. However, over the years, the firm began to focus more particularly on providing services to clients who are developing or marketing products that are comprised of intellectual property. Additionally, he focuses on foreclosure relief and defense.
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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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