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Liz O.

Liz Oliner

1151 reviews
If you want someone who has gone through the trademark process over and over again, look no further than Liz Oliner. She has filed over 300 trademarks in the last year alone and has practically got the process down to a science. Small businesses and entrepreneurs frequently come to Ms. Oliner for their trademark and brand protection needs.
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Joshua G.

Joshua Garber

282 reviews
Representing notable clients like Tesla and the City of Los Angeles, Josh Garber excels at helping clients with employment and labor laws. Many of his past clients have had great success using Josh for employment agreements and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) hearings. With his practical advice, he has even helped clients avoid going to court.
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Jesko O.

Jesko Onken

50 reviews
Licensed in California and Germany, Jesko Onken offers cost-effective legal advice to small and midsize companies. A speaker of German, French, and Italian, Mr. Onken provides services in business law and international legal management. He specializes in entity formation, business contracts, corporate compliance, immigration, licensing, and securities.
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Greg D.

Greg Demirchyan

9 reviews
I represent emerging and established companies in various industries including software, IT services, e-commerce, and finance. I advise clients on a broad range of business... read more
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Lon L.

Lon Lazar

16 reviews
Independent attorney specializing in Wills,Trusts, Estate Planning, and General Business Law. Wills, trusts, and estate planning; California business law; civil litigat... read more
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Ryan D.

Ryan David Williams

2 reviews
Ryan’s legal career started on Wall Street, at the global law firm Morrison & Foerster, where he helped companies with their IPOs. He then joined the Silicon Valley pow... read more
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Jann M.

Jann Moorhead

69 reviews
Jann Moorhead is a global transactional attorney with 25 years of experience representing established international companies and startups. She was the lead attorney for the Star Wars franchise and was in charge of negotiating the licensing activities. She has also negotiated many agreements for licensing, distribution, business transactions, privacy, and other commercial contracts across many industries such as consumer products, media, technology, software, and e-commerce.
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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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Sunita K.

Sunita Koneru

27 reviews
Sunita Koneru knows that your business transactions and intellectual property issues are important to you and your company. That is why she works hard for her clients to get every agreement just right. Her motivation, networking skills, and diligence make her a cut above the rest if your business or non-profit needs a strong commercial attorney.
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Keum P.

Keum Park

19 reviews
Keum Park is an attorney at law with two decades of experience. She is licensed to practice law in multiple states, including New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California. Keum is also a member of the California Patent Bar. She obtained her legal degree from the Fordham University School of Law. Keum specializes in patents and is exceptionally experienced in trademark and copyright law. She has been serving as an IP attorney at Patential since September 2016.
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Elan R.

Elan Raffel

8 reviews
Elan Raffel finished law school from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in 2012. He currently works as a Trademark Associate Attorney since October 2015 at Oliner Law. He was a Discovery Attorney in Cahill Gordon & Reindel from May 2014 – March 2015 and other prominent law firms. His areas of expertise include litigation, mediation, appeals, licensing, trademark infringement and others.
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Nate K.

Nate Kelly

7 reviews
Nate Kelly can help with intellectual property, corporate organization and finance, contract drafting and negotiation, dispute resolution, and employment issues. He provides services to businesses that are designed to be a complete solution, regardless of their business law issue. His finance experience includes securities and collateralized debt obligations, alternative investments, and stock issuance.
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Jason B.

Jason Balogh

6 reviews
Jason is an attorney at Lerch Sturmer LLP who handles insurance coverage, professional liability, and premises liability case. He has successfully represented many clients in complex, multi-party litigation with liability exposure. Outside of the firm, Jason volunteers as a Pro Bono Attorney for the National Center for Refugee & Immigrant Children.
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Jack J.

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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Ashley T.

Ashley Talbot

58 reviews
Ashley Talbot is a business attorney that has gained extensive experience while acting as an outside general counsel for various corporate clients. She primarily focuses on providing legal assistance to small business, startups and entrepreneurs. Ashley has a J.D. in law and a B.A. in Business Administration, which she obtained from the University of San Diego. She founded her own law office, Talbot Law Firm, in 2015.
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Brad B.

Brad Bertoglio

22 reviews
Intellectual property is especially important for businesses that are experiencing growth. Brad Bertoglio focuses his practice on obtaining intellectual property rights for businesses of all types, with emphasis on growth companies. He offers expert legal advice that fast-paced, growing companies can trust. High-quality service is important to Mr. Bertoglio and that is what he provides.
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Tali B.

Tali Buchman

11 reviews
Tali is a dedicated attorney who established her own firm in 2008 and represents diverse clients from startups to publicly traded corporations. She has a range of expertise including negotiating commercial agreements, protection of intellectual property, and real estate transactions. Before starting her own firm, she was an in-house counsel for a software company and a financial services company.
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Feras M.

Feras Mousilli

7 reviews
Feras Mousilli is a technology lawyer with 14 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. Feras holds a J.D. in law, which he obtained after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law. Feras has represented Apple, Dell, Riverbed Technology and numerous other corporate clients. Since June 2016, Feras has been a managing partner at Lloyd Mousilli, LLC.
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Brig R.

Brig Ricks

6 reviews
I am a senior executive and strategic legal adviser with 16 years of experience providing legal services in international environments. I am a general counsel who can advis... read more
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Stephanie L.

Stephanie Leland

5 reviews
If you’re a small business or startup, then Stephanie Leland is the lawyer for you. She handles many different transactions for small businesses, like contract drafting and entity formation. Before starting Ceopio Legal, Stephanie gained experience as a senior tax associate at Andersen Tax. While attending law school, she focused on tax and business courses, which helped her hone her focus on small businesses.
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Zephyr A.

Zephyr Andrew

4 reviews
Zephyr is a patent attorney with experience in various aspects of patent law, including drafting patent applications, patent prosecution, and conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations. Before joining EcoTech Law Group, he was a sole practitioner representing entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. He worked with his clients in all stages of their business development.
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Mike R.

Mike Rodenbaugh

2 reviews
Mike started his own Law Firm, known as Rodenbaugh Law in 2007. For almost 8 years, Mike worked as the Senior Legal Director for Yahoo! Inc. - he was in charge of co-managing trademark and domain name inventory and strategy. He has many specialties, some of which include business transactions, counseling and conflict resolution relating to marketing, advertising and intellectual property. Attending the University of San Francisco School of Law, Mike graduated with his J.D. in 1995.
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Dieter H.

Dieter Hellmoldt

2 reviews
Dieter Hellmoldt knows how important it is for businesses in today’s world, especially technology companies, to protect their intellectual properties. His law firm focuses on helping businesses to do this. Based in California, Dieter has a range of legal experience, appearing in California court and in federal court. He has also worked with law firms across the United States and in Germany as well.
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Chetan G.

Chetan Gupta

2 reviews
Chetan Gupta has nine years’ experience in business law. He focuses on all aspects of business law, including business formation, finances, securities, taxation and employment law. He is licensed to practice law in Delhi, but is also in the process of obtaining a license to practice law in California. Chetan is also a member of the Delhi Bar Council. He has been a managing partner at Chetan Gupta and Associates since 2009.
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Nima A.

Nima A. Katz

2 reviews
Nima Katz is a corporate attorney specializing in fashion and business law. She represents small businesses, designers, stylists, taste-makers, and retailers in a variety of commercial transactions. She brings over ten years of experience, including seven years as a corporate law associate at top-tier New York firms. Nima also studied finance and accounting at NYU’s Stern School of Business.
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Elaine C.

Elaine Chow

2 reviews
Elain Chow is an intellectual property attorney with almost two decades of experience. She is licensed to practice law in California and is also a member of the California Patent Bar. Elaine received her degree in law from the Georgetown University Law Center. She specializes in serving companies in the technology sector, with some of her most recent clients including Microsoft and AMD. She has been a consultant advisor at Jindo Productions since June 2016.
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Yaasha S.

Yaasha Sabba

2 reviews
Yaasha is a patent agent from Silicon Valley who is passionate about helping entrepreneurs capture their innovative ideas to generate value and using the right tools available around the world. Intellectual property law has been his specialty since law school and he has developed a diverse understanding in the fields of fashion, outer space, entertainment, and mobile tech.
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Adam F.

Adam Forest

2 reviews
Adam Forest is a corporate attorney with more than eight years of experience. He focuses on companies in the technology industry. Adam has been licensed to practice law in California and received his legal degree from the University of California in Los Angeles. Adam has also been admitted to the State Bar of California. While Adam primarily specializes in commercial contracts, he is able to assist with any legal matters related to business law.
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Russell B.

Russell Boltwood

2 reviews
Russell Boltwood is an attorney at law with over 24 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the Golden Gate University School of Law. Russell specializes in commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and finances. Some of his most recent corporate clients include Accela, Safeway and Intermolecular. He has been an attorney at Dillingham & Murphy since May 2017.
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Michael J. T.

Michael J. Thomas

2 reviews
In 2014 Michael J. Thomas founded Creative Vision Legal with a mission to offer reliable, affordable legal services to small businesses, film makers, and musicians. Since then, he has advised clients in a wide range of industries on intellectual property, business formation, and internet law issues. He has served as a panel attorney for the California Lawyers for the Arts' referral service since 2015. Michael is not just a legal adviser, but he is also a musician and a former recording studio owner, in addition to having worked on anti-trust litigation matters at a national law firm.
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Melissa F.

Melissa Frank

2 reviews
A native of Silicon Valley, Melissa Frank is the chief legal and risk executive of Wingate Industries, Inc. She is also formerly with SunPower Corp. and Texas Instruments/National Semiconductor. She is skilled at managing legal disputes, commercial contracts, and risk mitigation. Melissa is also a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group One, a think-tank for advancing complex legal practices.
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David N.

David Niebauer

2 reviews
David Niebauer is a business lawyer who focuses on providing his legal services to companies in the technology industry. He has a strong focus on intellectual property law, and often assists the newly formed companies with their legal matters. David is licensed to practice law in California and he obtained his J.D. in law after he graduated from the Brooklyn Law School. Since April 2012, David has been the director of business development, as well as a general counselor at Brillouin Energy Corp.
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Brett J.

Brett Jackson

2 reviews
Brett Jackson is a business lawyer who has been providing his legal services to corporate clients for more than a decade. He has been licensed to practice law in California and obtained his J.D. degree in law from the Stanford Law School. Brett is exceptionally experienced in providing his legal assistance to startup companies and entrepreneurs. He often assists with drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Brett founded his own private legal practice in 2017.
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Neil D.

Neil Devani

2 reviews
Neil Devani is a corporate counselor with four years of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in California. Neil received his legal degree after he graduated from Stanford Law School. Neil is experienced in dealing with legal matters that involve securities and finances. He often assists startup companies and entrepreneurs with their legal issues. Since November 2016, Neil has been serving as a special advisor at Comar LLP.
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Joshua R.

Joshua Ridless

2 reviews
Joshua Ridless is an attorney at law with more than two decades worth of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his J.D. degree in law from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). Joshua specializes in securities and finances, as well as in mergers and acquisitions. He is also experienced in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Joshua founded his own legal firm in September 2000.
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Natasha K.

Natasha Keswani

2 reviews
Natasha Keswani is a business lawyer with almost one decade of experience behind her. He has been licensed to practice law in California. Natasha has a J.D. in law, which she obtained after she graduated from the California Western School of Law. She primarily specializes in labor and employment law. Natasha is also skilled in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. She has been serving as a sole practicing attorney since November 2017.
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Sarah B.

Sarah Brooks

2 reviews
Sarah Brooks is the Senior Strategy Analyst for Pilot44 Labs, and before that she gained experience as a Research and Policy Analyst, as well as a Director of Content Marketing. Her expertise is extensive regarding startups and, other than that, she is a Certified Neutral with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. Sarah received her J.D. in Business & Corporate Law from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2015. She also has her BA in English Language and Literature.
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Justin G.

Justin Glyer

2 reviews
Justin Glyer is the Founder and Principal of Glyer Media and Entertainment Law. Mr. Glyer is an attorney with over 14 years of media, entertainment, technology and business... read more
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Adam H.

Adam Hipp

2 reviews
Bold, creative, and diligent patent attorney with over a decade of experience in Patent Law. Adam is a registered patent attorney and holds a BS and MS in EE. Adam speciali... read more
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John C.

John Crandon

2 reviews
John is an entrepreneur and a senior-level corporate, private equity, and transactions attorney. He has specialized experience in venture finance and business transactions in software, hardware, energy, Internet services, consumer goods, and life sciences. John has raised over $80 million in venture finance for early-stage companies in software and biotech.
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Ashar A.

Ashar Ahmed

2 reviews
I am a legal advisor to my clients on a broad range of corporate matters. I guide them through corporate management and governance, litigation disputes involving complex bu... read more
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Jiang B.

Jiang Bian

2 reviews
Jiang Brian has a background representing global public companies, as well as startup ventures. He represents in areas such as the developing, licensing, selling, acquiring and protecting of intellectual property rights and technology assets. His experience extends to structuring, drafting, negotiating and documenting complex cross-border and domestic technology-based transactions. Jiang attended the George Washington University School of Law.
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Mahsa H.

Mahsa Hakimi

2 reviews
Mahsa has devoted herself to creating a progressive private practice without the high cost of larger law firms. Her years of business experience as in-house general counsel... read more
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Petra C.

Petra Callahan

2 reviews
Petra Callahan practices law in California. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Richmond University in London and her J.D. from Chapman University, where she was Article... read more
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Cherie P.

Cherie Porter

2 reviews
Cherie G. Porter is a veteran Silicon Valley attorney who has represented cutting-edge technologies since the early 1990s. Her clients have included seminal founders in CGI... read more
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Ting Tzu (Irena) C.

Ting Tzu (Irena) Chen

2 reviews
Ting Tzu (Irena) graduated with Master of Laws (LL.M.) from UC Berkeley School of Law with Law & Technology Certificate. Prior to her master's studies, she received Bac... read more
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David G.

David Graetz

2 reviews
I am the owner of a solo law office and have been practicing law since 2012. Prior to opening up my practice, I worked at two of the more prestigious law firms in Honolulu,... read more
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Sharon A.

Sharon Adams

2 reviews
Sharon Adams is a registered patent attorney. She has successfully obtained patents for many emerging companies and entrepreneurs. She specializes in mechanical patents and... read more
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Gregory M.

Gregory Michael

2 reviews
Gregory Michael graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2015 and also has a bachelor's degree in physics and astrophysics from UC Berkeley. ... read more
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Dorothy Y.

Dorothy Yamamoto

2 reviews
I help entrepreneurs, partners, shareholders, and companies draft written agreements; navigate contractual and fiduciary disputes; and advise on and litigate various employ... read more
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Juliana F.

Juliana Fitzpatrick

2 reviews
Juliana is an Of Counsel for the media production company Two River Pictures. She previously interned for Marvel Entertainment in their General Counsel's office, ABC/Disney television in Standards and Practices, and Pomerantz Haudek LLP working on Employment and Class Action litigation. She also has some experience working on defamation and tenants rights issues.
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Larisa M.

Larisa Migachyov

1 review
Larisa brings real-world engineering experience to her patent practice. She holds a master's degree in biomechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Her practice areas include patent and trademark prosecution with a focus on individual inventors and small early-stage startups. While Larisa is based in San Francisco, she represents clients throughout the country.
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Michael S.

Michael Safai

1 review
Michael Safai is a general counsel that focuses on business law. He mainly assists startup and small business with their legal matters, but also has experience in dealing with legal matters that non-profit organizations face. Michael has a J.D. in law and a B.A. in Economics and Astrophysics. He has more than 11 years of experience as an attorney and is licensed to practice law in California. Michael has represented various startup companies and recently worked with Dealsplus.
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John R.

John Rosenbaum

John's mix of experience with big firms, working as an in-house counsel, and MBA in finance provides him with an in depth understanding on legal and business issues. He previously served as General Counsel of a specialty finance company and advised high-tech corporations and financial institutions on a variety of business matters. He is known for his high energy and innovative thinking.
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Jeffrey C.

Jeffrey Chen

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeffrey Chen specializes in small business and real estate law. He provides business services such as business entity formation, preparing agreements, contract disputes, and labor claims. In terms of real estate matters, he assists clients with leases, construction issues, evictions, and property disputes.
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Laura S.

Laura Slezinger

Based in San Francisco, Laura Slezinger is specialized in intellectual property and Internet law. She has counseled startups and entrepreneurs on a broad range of topics including issues related to technology, media, and privacy. In addition to her J.D., Laura holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. She has lectured widely and also volunteers her time with Girls in Tech.
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Vadim A.

Vadim Alden

Vadim Alden works with companies of all sizes, from startups to large businesses, in employment law cases. This includes advising clients about business formation, drafting employment contracts, and handling commercial real estate leases. He serves as general counsel for several companies, providing advice on executive compensation agreements, policy guidelines, risk management, and more.
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Alla B.

Alla Barbalat

Alla Barbalat has over five years of experience as a professional business lawyer. She specializes in business formation, commercial contracts, and labor laws. She speaks English and Russian fluently and has been admitted to the Bar Association of San Francisco, UCLA Alumni Association, and the Santa Clara County and Alameda County Bar Associations. Attorney Barbalat is focused on her clients and getting the results they desire. She has a strong commitment to providing pro bono work as well.
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Ansel H.

Ansel Halliburton

Ansel focuses his practice on advising startups, growing companies, and entrepreneurs on IP strategy, data privacy and security, export controls, and corporate and securities law issues. He is an expert in all aspects of litigation and has won cases resulting in verdicts in over one million dollars. In addition to being an experienced lawyer, he has been a programmer since he was 10 years old.
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Jesse P.

Jesse Posner

Licensed to practice law in both California and New York, Jesse Posner works out of his office in San Francisco representing technology start-ups in a wide variety of legal matters. Founder of JPosner Law, Posner drafts and negotiates agreements, structures corporate transactions, advises on corporate governance issues, and develops compliance strategies, among other legal services.
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Robert P.

Robert Preskill

Robert has over 20 years of experience serving highly demanding clients with critical legal goals and has done extensive work in connecting high achievers and visionaries with new opportunities. He works as a transactional lawyer in media, entertainment, franchise, and business. He is a featured lawyer and literary agent in California Lawyer magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Ronnie G.

Ronnie Gipson

Ronnie is one of the founding partners of Higa & Gipson, PC, a firm that provides personalized representation for commercial clients of all sizes. She advises clients on how to avoid and resolve costly legal disputes in a rapidly changing business world. Ronnie and her team can assist at any stage of company growth from a client in startup mode with a new venture to a client facing litigation.
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Michael P.

Michael Portanova

Michael is a lawyer and entrepreneur who began his legal career at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, the world's largest law firm devoted solely to arbitration and litigation. While he was at the firm, he handled considerable copyright infringement matters and negotiated contract disputes. After he left, he went on to build eCommerce startups in Southeast Asia.
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Vincent T.

Vincent Tong

Vincent Tong’s practice, Tong Law, is located in Oakland, California. The goal of his practice is to offer legal solutions that are practical while at the same time offering exceptional customer service. Tong Law is also proud to be a sustainable business: they run a paperless office, boast that their web hosting is 100% wind powered, and they use environmentally friendly products.
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Jeff R.

Jeff Rechtman

Jeff Rechtman focuses on helping startups and small business navigate an array of legal issues. He is passionate about finding creative solutions and contributing to businesses’ success in any way he can. Additionally, he currently provides counsel to Google as well as working as a technology contracts manager.
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Zachary S.

Zachary Strebeck

Zacharary is a game lawyer who has experience in the game and software industry to help clients focus on the game development process while protecting their business and intellectual property. He has worked with the startup Crowdfunder and two entertainment companies, including serving as an associate producer and former guest on Entertainment Law Update.
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George M.

George Milionis

George Milionis has over 15 years of experience in complex commercial litigation. Currently, he works as general counsel for Solar 4 America. He has practiced in the areas of trade libel, unfair competition, data security, breach of contracts, and trade secrets. Whether your business needs help with a merger, formation, or simply needs a lease negotiation, George Milionis can help.
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Dara  T.

Dara Tabesh

Dara Tabesh has over seven years of experience helping companies acquire and manage their intellectual property portfolios. From patent applications to trade secret infringement, Dara’s expertise covers a range of technologies including circuit design, GPS, video technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Prior to becoming an attorney, Dara was a scientist with a biopharmaceutical company.
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Hannah S.

Hannah Sargent

A former military officer, Hannah is a member of the California State Bar and a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She focuses on litigation, business and commercial law, as well as estate planning. Before graduating law school and opening her own practice, she worked as a clerk for the U.S. attorney’s office in San Jose.
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Kurt F.

Kurt Friedli

Kurt Friedli is a corporate attorney with more than three years of experience. He has been licensed to provide his legal services to clients in California. Kurt obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He primarily specializes in patents, as well as trademark and copyright law. Kurt is also experienced in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. He has been serving as legal analytics at RPX Corp since March 2015.
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Jim T.

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson is a corporate attorney specialized in international transactions including mergers and acquisitions and brings expertise in a number of corporate matters. Jim holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Strum College of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. He is licensed to practice in New York and is also registered as a foreign attorney in Hong Kong.
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Jesse W.

Jesse Woo

Jesse Woo will step in and help resolve your business legal issues so that you can get back to doing what you do best. With previous work experience being a public defender, judicial extern, research assistant and law clerk, Jesse Woo now offers all of that in his own law practice. Jesse Woo specializes in corporate formations, business transactions, business litigation, copyrights, and trademarks.
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Girard K.

Girard Kelly

California-based attorney Girard Kelly specializes in internet, cybersecurity, privacy, and intellectual property law. He has experience with a number of legal matters, ranging from public policy to emerging technologies. Girard received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. He also holds a Master’s in Applied Ethics of Science and Technology Policy from Arizona State University.
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Tsion L.

Tsion Lencho

After working as an associate at a big law firm, Tsion Lencho set up her own practice to offer high-quality legal advice at rates clients can afford. She currently focuses on the medical cannabis industry, providing guidance on business formation. Her other specialty areas include intellectual property litigation, domestic and international trademark prosecution, and domain name arbitration.
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Spencer G.

Spencer Gusick

Spencer is a director and associated at Zuora. He has worked with some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft, Universal Studios and Facebook. Spencer has experience in different commercial and corporate areas, including litigation, compliance, security and finance. He completed a J.D. in law at the University of Michigan Law School and started his career as an attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in 1993.
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Wooksun "Phil" H.

Wooksun "Phil" Hong

Wooksun is the Bay Area Legal Incubator for Cohort and is also currently working as a Contracted Staff Attorney for Eviction Defense Collaborative, Inc. - which was also where Wooksun did part of his internship in 2014. His focus areas include immigration, housing, trademark, estate planning, as well as uncontested divorce. He is also equipped in limited scope representations for broad legal access. He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 2015.
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Janelle S.

Janelle Smith

Janelle Smith is experienced in business law and received her license to provide legal services in California five years ago. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Janelle has experience in numerous practice areas, including business formation, employment matters, trademarks and general corporate lawsuits. She is currently a managing partner at Buffett-Kennedy & Smith LLP. Prior to this position, she served as a partner at Stall Parker LLP.
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George W.

George Wolff

Attorney George Wolff has received the prestigious AV rating under the Martindale Hubbell’s Independent Lawyer Rating System. He is a skilled lawyer that practices business law and 75 percent of his law firm focuses on construction and real estate litigation. He has helped numerous real estate, construction, and building companies, but also focuses on startup technology companies. Some of his notable clients include PCCi Builders, Falwiler-James, Inc., BBI Construction, and Bank of America, SF.
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Jordan Reis C.

Jordan Reis Cohen

Jordan was introduced at an early age to cooking and food culture by his parents. He was urged to pursue a legal career that would bring him face to face with the industry he was so passionate about. After receiving his law degree, he seized the opportunity to create a specialized law firm that serves the Bay Area's burgeoning restaurant, bar, and beverage retail community.
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Cliff K.

Cliff Kuehn

As an Intellectual Property attorney licensed in both California and with the European Union agency for trademarks (OHIM), Cliff Kuehn provides powerful and unique opportunities for his clients. Founder of Kuehn Law in San Francisco, Kuehn focuses on branding, media and internet law for digital companies, helping them with IP registration, strategy, negotiations, and disputes.
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Patrick G.

Patrick Gibbs

Patrick Gibbs has a strong interest in environmental law and renewable energy. He has worked with the Environmental Law and Policy Center researching and advising on solar distributed generation issues. He even conducted proceedings before the public utility commissions. Today, Mr. Gibbs helps wind, solar, and hydro-electric companies and developers meet their legal needs.
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Peter S.

Peter Shenkin

Peter established his firm with the intention to help people and provide affordable access to the legal system. He not only provides legal advice, but also educates clients about their issues to better serve their interests. In addition to legal services, he also provides consulting services for sports business and sports law, particularly with stadium development.
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Delia R.

Delia Ramirez

A transactional attorney with a passion for entertainment, arts, craft beer, and technology, Delia Ramirez is often inspired by her clients. She received her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law where she specialized in intellectual property. Ms. Ramirez focuses on corporate formation and transactions, contract drafting and reviews, and copyright and trademark registration.
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Joshua D.

Joshua De Larios-Heiman

Joshua De Larios-Heiman is the Managing Attorney of his own Law Offices, as well as a member of the Product Counsel for the Free Law Project. In the past, Joshua has worked as an Attorney for Law Firms such as Weems Law Offices and Ribera Law Firm. His focus is on technology licensing, corporate compliance, privacy law, risk management and product counseling. He obtained his J.D. from the University of San Francisco and studied further with Stanford University Law School.
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Peter S.

Peter Seeger

Peter Seeger, who is licensed in California, brings over 15 years of experience counseling companies on legal and operational matters in corporate, employment, environmental, and intellectual property law. He is an attorney and program manager at consulting firm Toeroek Associates, Inc., and is also Of Counsel to Kiski Law. Peter holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Rod T.

Rod Tanner

Rod Tanner has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with business litigation matters. He also has experience with insurance, fraud, contracts and other related practice areas. Rod has been a sole practitioner since 2003, but have worked as an associate at Ropers Majeski and Morrision Knox Holden & Prough prior to becoming a private attorney. He is licensed to practice law in California and received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
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Vysali S.

Vysali Soundararajan

Vysali Soundararajan has had an eclectic career in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property law since graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law. Licensed to practice in California and Texas, Soundararajan has served as in-house counsel for Fortune 500 companies, worked as an associate for a major firm in San Mateo, CA, and also founded her own start-up in Austin, TX.
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Brian C.

Brian Clarke

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Nicolas Gold

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William Edwin

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San Francisco Trademark Lawyer

 

Finding the best trademark attorney in San Francisco is crucial when registering a trademark and protecting the value of intellectual property. Filing applications to obtain registrations from the USPTO is a great place to start. Having a trademark attorney in SF on the team with a track record of successfully navigating the complicated world of licensing, strategic branding counseling, entity formation, corporate compliance, and domain name strategy can quickly take a company to the next level of success.

 


 

How a San Francisco Trademark Lawyer Fits into a Startup Team

 

In a new company, a trademark attorney works with founders to assist with developing brands, marketing products or services, developing advertising campaigns, and clearing marks. When disputes arise, the attorney will have the knowledge and background to help untangle them and advise the team as to how they should proceed.

When a brand is threatened by a competitor or when counterfeit items enter the marketplace, the trademark lawyer can manage the initial steps that need to be taken to stop the threat. They can even help the firm hire a specialty lawyer or outside counsel if the problem becomes complicated or outside their scope of knowledge.

The trademark lawyer manages the professional portfolios of the company; both international and national. They also handle IP enforcement and send any necessary cease and desist letters. Their input and advice is often requested as the company develops and creates new marks

They also review instructional materials, manuals, promotional materials, and advertising for compliance and consistency. The trademark attorney’s job is essential to the company’s ability to protect their valuable trademarks as well as their ability to leverage the startup’s brand identity.

 


 

How a San Francisco Trademark Lawyer Helps Startups with Infringement

 

A San Francisco trademark lawyer provides their clientele with a competitive advantage by protecting intellectual property and trade secrets. In this constantly changing marketplace, businesses rely on their trademarks to provide revenue streams through licensing royalties. Intellectual property may also serve the business as collateral for loans.

In the early stages, new ideas and inventions should be evaluated carefully for trademark infringement by a qualified San Francisco trademark lawyer. According to the USPTO a trademark infringement, “is the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark on or in connection with goods and/or services in a manner that is likely to cause confusion, deception, or mistake about the source of the goods and/or services.”

If a startup founder believes their trademark is being infringed upon by another person or company, they have several choices. First, they’ll need to prove infringement. A lawyer with experience in trademark enforcement can help with this process.

The owner of the trademark can ask for an injunction demanding the defendant cease using the mark immediately. They may also request that the items that bear the mark or infringe upon the trademark be destroyed or forfeited immediately.

If a court grants those requests, a trademark attorney may also advise their client to seek monetary relief that includes the costs of the action and the defendant’s profits. Monetary relief may also include any damages the plaintiff requests for damages sustained by the defendant’s actions.

 


 

What Services Does a San Francisco Trademark Attorney Provide to Emerging Companies?

 

There are many services that San Francisco trademark attorneys provide to help startups properly register their trademarks. The cost of filing a trademark and the time it takes to complete the process varies widely. While individual circumstances determine the time span and cost of a trademark, most take between one and three years from application to registration.

 

Trademark Searches

 

A trademark attorney will provide a trademark search report including a legal opinion that includes a review of any similar marks found during the search. Most trademark attorneys will search the US Trademark Office registrations, Canadian IP Office Trademark registrations, domain names, unregistered marks, and US state registrations.

 

Preparation and Filing of Application to Register Trademark

 

Applications can be filed with the USPTO office either electronically or on paper. There is a reduced filing fee for electronic trademark applications. After the application is evaluated by a USPTO attorney, more documentation may be required, and the trademark attorney can handle these communications, as well.

 

Affidavit of Use After Registration

 

Keeping a patent registration alive requires regular filing of maintenance documents with the USPTO. If a business fails to properly file these documents by the deadlines, their U.S. trademark registration will be cancelled. This worst-case-scenario could be catastrophic for a new company that depends heavily on the value of its intellectual property. Depending on the type of patent, the owner may be required to file a Declaration of Use and/or Excusable Nonuse under section 8 of the Trademark Act between the 5th and 6th year of owning the patent or between the 9th and 10th year of owning the patent.

Common mistakes that startups make when filing their Affidavit of Use After Registration include improperly updating ownership information and verifying that the goods and services included in the registration are actually in use and that any goods and services not in use are deleted.

Filing required paperwork at intervals set forth by the USTPO office is crucial to the life of the patent in question. Business owners and founders must be aware of these requirements and handle them in a timely manner. The process can be time consuming, so it’s a great idea to turn the matter over to an experienced San Francisco trademark lawyer. Failure to file the affidavit of use results in cancellation of the U.S. trademark registration.

The initial filing deadlines, depending on the type of trademark registration, or between five and six years or between nine and 10 years. There is a six-month grace period during which the business can handle any inquiries sent by the USTPO.

 


 

What’s Going on in San Franciso’s Startup Communitty?

 

One of the hottest areas of the world for entrepreneurs, the San Francisco area has a lot to offer aspiring business founders. By some estimates, there are as many as 11,000 startups in San Francisco competing for the area’s resources.

One way to get a feel for what’s going on in the San Francisco startup scene is to attend one of their many startup events. LaunchScale is a great place to meet other startup founders and gain inspiration.

Held in the fall of each year, this dynamic conference attracts the world’s best founders, growth experts, and investors.

Other notable startup events include the Silicon Valley’s Lean Startup Conference Tour, The Startup World Cup, Startup Grind Global Conference, Post Seed, FunnyBizz Conference, and Silicon Valley Open Door Technology Investment Conference.

 


 

How to Navigate the Bay Area Startup Scene

 

San Francisco helps make startup founders’ dreams come true every day. Home to giants like Airbnb and Uber, the Bay Area offers much in the way of resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

Housing in San Francisco

 

Living in the SF area can be expensive when compared to other popular startup hubs. The average rent for a modest two-bedroom apartment in 2015 was over $4,000 per month. Even the suburbs are expensive. The national Zillow rent index in 2015 was $1,364. In San Francisco, the Zillow rent index was $3,162. It’s important to fully understand the cost of living in this area before deciding to relocate. Most renters in the area spend between 45% and 65% of their total take-home pay on housing.

 

Networking in San Francisco

 

Renting a corner in a popular coworking space like NextSPace, PARISOMA, SOMAcentral, Citizen Space SF, Metamoki, or The Hattery is a great way to meet like-minded and well-connected startup founders. Choose a coworking space with other renters who are working in a similar niche and remember to contribute to the culture of the place by participating in as many events as possible.

Some coworking spaces, like Mind the Bridge in the popular SoMA neighborhood offer additional resources to entrepreneurs like advice, mentorship programs, and introductions to angel investors.

Meetup.com is a good place to start when trying to navigate the networking terrain in SF. Starting online is a great way to hone in on local hot spots for like-minded entrepreneurs.

 

Seeking Help with Starting a Business in San Francisco

 

Here are some notable organizations that help specific entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground in Southern California:

  • Girls in Tech (San Francisco Circle) helps women network, find mentors, and recruit other women in technology fields.
  • Black Founders is an organization that is committed to fostering economic growth and stimulating tech entrepreneurship.
  • General Assembly San Francisco offers paid and free classes for startup founders.
  • Y Combinator invests $120,000 in a large number of startups twice each year.
  • Tumml offers a four-month educational program for companies that aim to solve urban issues.
  • Plug and Play offers co-working spaces, funding, investment opportunities, and incubators across Southern California.
  • Dev Bootcamp is an educational program that takes beginning programmers to full-stack web developers in 19 weeks.
  • Founder Institute offers a part-time four month program that is focused on hands-on learning.
  • Women’s Start Up Lab offers 2-week and 2-month startup programs for female business owners and founders.
  • Creative Convergence Silicon Valley is a 2-day event that offers interactive demonstrations, networking opportunities, and speakers.
  • Pitchforce is a monthly fundraising event geared towards companies in social, big data, finance, biotech, clean tech, medtech, software, and mobile sectors.

There are many aspects to starting a business in San Francisco. Among hot competition, it can be difficult to navigate the terrain of startup resources and make the right decisions for a brand-new business. An expert trademark attorney in San Francisco uses experience and expertise to protect valuable brands and help their clients bypass the expensive and painful trial-and-error method many entrepreneurs and inventors take for granted.

Startup founders should choose a San Francisco trademark lawyer with experience with local and regional laws and use them as a resource to take their business to the next level of success. 

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Trademark licensing can be complex, but our trademark attorneys have experience drafting agreements on behalf of both licensees and trademark owners - thus allowing you to capitalize on your valuable intellectual property. Our San Francisco trademark attorneys can also draft and file your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including Intent to Use and Use in Commerce applications.

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