Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC

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“Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness is one of the best firms in the field. Its attorneys come from many different backgrounds, such as chemistry, software and engineering and can handle a variety of matters.” John Denkenberger leads the deep bench of practitioners who provide tailored, commercial advice. He is focused on streamlining IP services and maintaining the high standards of customer care that the team is known for. One of the group’s top patrons is L’Oréal, which is supported by the stellar Rhys Lawson, David Sheldon, Adrian Mihailovic, Margie Aoki, Brandon Stallman and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Andrew Laughlin. “Rhys is a highly versatile expert who can readily learn new concepts. He fully understands his clients’ needs and produces high-level work product as a result. Rhys is responsive, approachable and provides practical advice.” Sheldon is a technical expert who worked at the likes of Microsoft before joining the set. “David is great at working with computer systems and is an excellent strategist.” “Adrian is very calm with inventors and provides effective strategies, which allows his clientele to consider all available options for their innovations.” Aoki has hit the ground running since joining the group in 2022. “Margie is extremely technically skilled and an absolutely wonderful attorney. She is exceptional in the mechanical space and is always strategically in tune with her clients.” Stallman is a former examiner with a diverse IP skill set. He can handle anything from prosecution and counselling to post-grant proceedings and licensing. “Andrew has superb knowledge and skill in patent prosecution across various technologies and is always three steps ahead. He is very responsive, easy to work with and can explain complex legal information in a clear and understandable way.” Adding further depth in patent prosecution are Jerald Nagae, Melissa Nowak and George Renzoni. “Jerald is an excellent lawyer who provides high-quality legal advice. He has great knowledge of the law, technical skill and is sensitive to costs.” “Melissa is very responsive, reliable, knowledgeable and an expert in her field. She is always up to date with the latest trends and is an absolute pleasure to deal with.” Life sciences expert Renzoni stands out for his procurement capabilities, both in terms of domestic and foreign patents. “George is very knowledgeable in chemistry and generates a strong rapport with his clientele.” Anchoring the litigation area of the practice is Brian McMahon, who has experience operating on both sides of infringement disputes. He has recently been defending patrons including Strive Technology and Hutchinson SA, while also asserting the rights of Shinn Fu Company of America.

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