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Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez

113 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

204 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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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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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 W.

Stephanie Wood

Stephanie has been practicing commercial and intellectual property litigation for over 10 years. She has a gift for viewing problems and solutions from a macro to micro level. Before becoming an Associate at Bragalone Conroy, PC, she worked at international law firms. Stephanie provides practical advice to clients in litigation matters such as patent licensing disputes and unfair competition.
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Promodha A.

Promodha A

1 review
Susan graduated from UCLA law school and also has a bachelor's degree in physics. Her practice areas include business law and commercial contracts, with a particular emphas... read more
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Richard T.

Richard Topolewski

2 reviews
Richard Topolewski is an intellectual property attorney who has been serving corporate clients for the past seven years. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and also a member of the Michigan Patent Bar. Richard has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He also holds a Masters in Law. Richard primarily specializes in trademark and copyright law. He has been serving as a freelance intellectual property attorney since March 2017.
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Timothy H.

Timothy Hadlock

2 reviews
Tim is a senior technology transactions and intellectual property attorney with over 23 years of experience. He worked as a Senior Counsel for Chevron for 18 years and a Patent Attorney for Shell for six years. He has developed an expertise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, drafting and negotiating technology contracts, and advising on strategies.
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Gaston K.

Gaston Kroub

Gaston Kroub is a founding partner of Kroub, Silbersher & Kolmykov PPLC. Based out of New York City, KSK is an intellectual property litigation boutique aiming to give customers high-end legal service, but without the high-end price tag. Gaston was previously recognized in the NY-metro edition of Superlawyers Magazine for intellectual property litigation.
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Bo H.

Bo Huang

Bo represents clients in patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation primarily in the fields of wireless communications, software, and mechanical devices. He has international experience working at law offices in Hong Kong and Taipei and can also speak Mandarin. Bo advises individuals and startups on how to best build, protect, and monetize strong patent portfolios.
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