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Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson

Intellectual Property Professional

Robert P. Simpson, a registered patent attorney, has been practicing intellectual property law since 1987. Mr. Simpson represents individual clients, small and large corporations, and universities, concentrating primarily in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law.

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His patent and trademark practice includes counseling, searching and opinions, and the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, foreign and domestic. Mr. Simpson has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technical art areas, including the mechanical, electrical, and electronic arts including software and business method patents. He has been privileged to represent some of the world's leading companies during his career, including General Electric, Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC, KLA-Tencor, and Schaeffler Technologies. 

Mr. Simpson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was elected to Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. Upon graduation, Mr. Simpson worked as an electrical design engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Siemens-Allis, designing polyphase induction motors. He received a Juris Doctor Degree from The University at Buffalo School of Law, where he served as Note and Comment Editor of the Buffalo Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and was elected to The Order of Barristers for excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy. He is presently an adjunct professor of Patent Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and an adjunct professor of Law Office Technology at Daemen College. Mr. Simpson is a former adjunct professor of Intellectual Property Law at Hilbert College. He has lectured at Niagara University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and SBA-U (a service of the U.S. Small Business Administration.) 

Mr. Simpson is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, Connecticut, and before The United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Mr. Simpson is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Mr. Simpson is also a patented inventor and entrepreneur.

Thomas J. Colson

Thomas J. Colson

Intellectual Property Professional

While Thomas J. Colson is a registered patent attorney with deep experience in both prosecution and litigation, that’s not what makes him uniquely qualified to fulfill your IP needs.

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He is differentiated because of his years of hands-on experience in building businesses. Why? Because IP lawyers exist solely to support the business goals of clients. Having built and run several IP-centric businesses, Mr. Colson is in a unique position to understand your needs and provide cost effective solutions. 

Mr. Colson has been involved in every phase of commercializing new ideas from invention to securing venture rounds to product development to sales/marketing to profitability. Simply, unlike most other IP attorneys, Mr. Colson has personally leveraged innovation and intellectual property to build global companies. 

Mr. Colson received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Canisius College in 1985, a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1988, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University at Buffalo in 1994. 

Mr. Colson is also the President and General Counsel of Executive IP, a company providing video- based e-learning related to intellectual property and corporate risk training.

Robert Cantrell

Robert Cantrell

Intellectual Property Professional

Robert L. Cantrell is a registered patent agent adept at working with inventors to identify and protect the heart of their inventive concepts.

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Robert L. Cantrell is a registered patent agent adept at working with inventors to identify and protect the heart of their inventive concepts. He has walked in the shoes of the inventor. Before becoming a patent practitioner, Mr. Cantrell was an inventor on more
than one hundred and fifty patent applications at Walmart, HP, and IP.com. His inventions are in the fields of drones, store robotics, data management, artificial intelligence, blockchain, packaging, and transaction security.

Mr. Cantrell has worked with individual inventors to define the most defendable and saleable aspects of their inventions. He was also instrumental in building system-wide patent portfolios at Walmart to enable that well-known retailer to venture deeper into the
technical domains of Silicon Valley.

Mr. Cantrell includes within his work experience several years of running patent analysis teams for technology assessments and valuations. He also ran patent hunter-killer teams aimed at putting the validity of asserted patents into doubt both by scouring the
earth for prior art and looking for holes in the patent language.

Mr. Cantrell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in Biology and Military Science. He received a Master in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School in Scotland and served as an infantry officer for the 101 st Airborne
Division of the United States Army. Mr. Cantrell is a faculty member for the venerable Patent Resources Group (Kayton Courses) for the Patent Strategies for Business Course. He is the author of the book Outpacing the Competition: Patent-Based Business Strategy, published in 2009 by Wiley.

Michael L. Dunn

Michael L. Dunn

Intellectual Property Professional

Michael L. Dunn, a registered patent attorney, has been practicing intellectual property law since 1968 in essentially all technical areas.

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From 1968 to 1972, Mr. Dunn was Associate Patent Counsel for Dart Industries, Paramus, New Jersey, handling a complete range of patent
responsibilities in chemical, mechanical and electrical art areas. From 1972 to 1974, he served as a Patent Attorney for Allied Chemical Co., Inc., again handling a complete range of patent responsibilities, primarily in the chemical arts area. Mr. Dunn entered private practice in 1974, founding the law firm of Dunn & Associates, a preeminent Western New York law firm, with an extensive practice in all area of intellectual property law, including domestic and worldwide patent and trademark prosecution, oppositions, interferences, re-examinations, licensing, opinions and litigation. Mr. Dunn has prepared or prosecuted approximately 500 United States Patent applications that have issued as Patents and has prepared and/or supervised the prosecution of thousands of applications for other countries. During his career, Mr. Dunn has represented no fewer than a dozen different Fortune 500 companies in intellectual property law in numerous technological art areas. Mr. Dunn received a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry with minors in physics, mathematics and French from Indiana University in 1962 and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Houston in 1968. He has completed numerous additional courses and seminars in electronics, computer technology, biochemistry, genetic engineering, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and nutrition. He has attended German courses at Dartmouth College and at the Goethe Institute in Germany and has a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish. Michael Dunn is admitted to practice in New York, Texas, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the Western District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association.

Vincent LoTempio, Esq.

Vincent LoTempio, Esq.

Intellectual Property Professional

In addition to having an academic background in chemistry and decades of experience in successfully drafting patent applications for inventors of all sizes, Mr. LoTempio has deep experience in litigation.

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In addition to having an academic background in chemistry and decades of experience in successfully drafting patent applications for inventors of all sizes, Mr. LoTempio has deep experience in litigation. This combination experience gives Mr. LoTempio all the right points of view to help innovators secure not only patents but enforceable patent protection. In his free time, Mr. LoTempio is an avid ice hockey player, cyclist, and dedicated husband and father.

Ellen Simpson

Ellen Simpson

Intellectual Property Professional

Ellen Simpson attended The University at Buffalo School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and previously served as confidential law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio of the Western District of New York. Ms. Simpson has been practicing in the area of federal trademark prosecution and litigation for over twenty years. Ms. Simpson has achieved a Distinguished Rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 2007, and has been selected to Super Lawyers since 2017.

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Upon graduation, she worked as a senior staff accountant with Sokolski, Sutherland & Lyons, C.P.A and became licensed in New York as a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Simpson was Comptroller of The Faculty-Student Association at the State University College of New York at Buffalo and subsequently became Comptroller and Secretary-Treasurer of Jim Culligan, Inc. While working in this capacity, she attended The University at Buffalo School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and received the Robert J. Connelly award for excellence in the trial practice course. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Simpson became confidential law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio of the Western District of New York, a position she held for seven years.

During the course of her career, Ms. Simpson has been privileged to represent a wide variety of clients in intellectual property matters. Some of her more notable clients have included Rich Products Corporation, Independent Health Association, Dynabrade, Inc., Umbra, LLC, Strippit, Inc., Prince (entertainer), SweetWorks, LLC, Iskalo Development Corp., and Big Ditch Brewing Company. Ms. Simpson also handles a variety of matters for foreign law firms seeking intellectual property protection for their clients in the United States.

Ms. Simpson is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. She is past Treasurer of the Bar Association of Erie County, past Chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee, and a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. She also served on the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Eighth District, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Ms. Simpson is a member of the International Trademark Association, New York State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar, the Bar Association of Erie County, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Ellen is also on the Board of Directors of the New York State Civil and Criminal Lawyers Association.

Adelina Simpson

Adelina Simpson

Intellectual Property Professional

Adelina Simpson is an attorney whose practice focuses on trademark and copyright matters.

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Ms. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and Journalism from Brandeis University in 2015. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 2018.

During law school, Ms. Simpson served as the Executive Publication Editor of the Buffalo Law Review. In 2016, Ms. Simpson held a student judicial clerkship with United States Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio in the Western District of New York. Ms. Simpson later worked in the legal department of an international engineering, architecture, and design firm.

Dylan Garlock

Dylan Garlock

Intellectual Property Professional

Dylan Garlock is an attorney whose practice encompasses trademark and copyright matters. Mr. Garlock earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2015.

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Dylan Garlock is an attorney whose practice encompasses trademark and copyright matters. Mr. Garlock earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2015. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law, in 2019, with concentrations in Intellectual Property and Sports Law.

During law school, Mr. Garlock served as Submissions Editor of the Buffalo Intellectual Property Journal and was a member of the Buffalo Moot Court Board where he helped organize the annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition as well as the Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition.

Donald High, PH.D.

Donald High, PH.D.

Intellectual Property Professional

Dr. High is a highly prolific inventor with an expertise in commercializing innovation and developing/implementing intellectual property strategies to protect commercialized products and services.

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Dr. High is the named inventor on over 680 inventions in the patent queue, 250 published patent applications, and 150 issued patents related to technologies such as drones, logistics, manufacturing, supply chain, transportation, retail, and blockchain

In his capacity as IP and Innovation Strategist, Dr. High provides services such as Invention Harvesting, Forward Ideation, and intellectual property strategy development.

Dr. High completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at North Central University, his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems at Missouri State University, and his Bachelor of Arts in General Studies at Calvary University. Dr. High also has the following certifications: Data Scientist with Python (DataCamp), BTA Certified Blockchain Business Foundations, Data Science Associate (EMCDSA), and Machine Learning Scientist (DataCamp).

Rick Lohrman

Rick Lohrman

Intellectual Property Professional

C. Richard Lohrman is a registered patent attorney whose work history includes an extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry as well as experience in the field of technology licensing in both industrial and academic settings.

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C. Richard Lohrman is a registered patent attorney whose work history includes an extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry as well as experience in the field of technology licensing in both industrial and academic settings. As an attorney concentrating in the field of intellectual property, Mr. Lohrman has successfully prosecuted both U.S. and foreign patent applications, written patentability opinions, filed and prosecuted trademark applications, and assisted in patent infringement litigation actions. His areas of practice include biotechnology, the chemical arts and biotechnology.

Mr. Lohrman received his undergraduate degree in biology from Washington & Lee University and a master’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in cellular biology. He received his Juris Doctor from the State University at Buffalo where he was a member of the moot court board and the Law and Technology Issues Society.

Mr. Lohrman is admitted to practice in the state of New York and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Michael Nicholas Vranjes

Michael Nicholas Vranjes

Intellectual Property Professional

Michael Nicholas Vranjes is a registered patent attorney with a background in mechanical engineering. Mr. Vranjes handles all phases of intellectual property law.

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Michael Nicholas Vranjes is a registered patent attorney with a background in mechanical engineering. Mr. Vranjes handles all phases of intellectual property law. He focuses his practice on prosecution and protection of technology in various technical disciplines, with an emphasis in mechanical equipment and motorized vehicles. Mr. Vranjes earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo in 2010, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 2014, where he focused his studies on intellectual property law.

Following law school, Mr. Vranjes worked as an attorney for International Business Machines Corporation. His day-to-day responsibilities included writing patent applications, responding to Office Actions, and consulting with inventors regarding invention disclosures, primarily with respect to mechanical and software inventions.

Prior to law school, Mr. Vranjes worked as a mechanical engineer in the private sector, where he contributed to and managed solutions for non-destructive testing and inspection of industrial manufacturing equipment. Mr. Vranjes has also worked as a mechanical engineer in the design and manufacture of mechanical technologies and has an advanced knowledge of manufacturing processes.

COURT ADMISSIONS

· Courts of the State of New York

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

· New York

· U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

EDUCATION

· University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.

· State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

· New York State Bar Association

· Bar Association of Erie County

· American Intellectual Property Law Association

· Phi Alpha Delta

SPEAKING OUT

· Guest Lecturer at Niagara University

· Guest Lecturer for Blackstone Launchpad

Why Should Everyone in Business Care About Intellectual Property?

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The Essentials

Intellectual Property is essentially a legal right to prevent competitors from doing stuff. Patents enable you to prevent others from making, using, or selling your patented technology. Trademarks enable you to prevent others from copyingtrading on, or diluting your brand. Copyrights enable you to prevent others from copying the written, visual, or audio embodiment of your ideas. And trade secrets enable you to prevent others from misappropriating the business secrets that give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

 

 

 

Why should you care about any of this?

In a word…sales. Sales fuels everything in business. If your sales reps aren’t selling, there’s no money for lawyers, accountants, engineers, chemists, marketing and customer service professionals, senior managers, or anyone else. If your sales reps do not sell your products and services, you don’t have a job, you don’t have a company. For so many reasons, the world of business professionals can be broken down into those who sell and those who support those who sell.

Better, Faster, Cheaper

When I say better, I mean you have something the marketplace wants that your competitors cannot deliver. It could be superior quality, stronger brand, or useful and unique features. Perhaps your product is easier to pour or mix, or it looks and feels better, or it lasts longer, or it smells nicer, or it’s less sticky; it’s better.

When I say faster, perhaps you’re faster because you have a superior distribution model, or a more rapid manufacturing process, or speedier delivery of price quotations, or over-the-top customer service, or same-day shipping.

When I say cheaper, it could be because you invented a more cost-effective manufacturing process, or a more innovative purchasing system, or less expensive ingredients, or more efficient space-management in warehousing, or automation, or geographic optimization.

 

 

IP puts the “er” in Better, Faster, Cheaper

So, how do you become better, faster, or cheaper? Well, you do that with a collision between two things; innovation and the power to prevent competitors from copying your innovation. Innovation alone is not enough. Because even if you employ the world’s most brilliant innovators and they develop earth-shattering, life-changing technology, if your competitors can copy you, your just good, fast, or cheap; not better, faster, or cheaper. Simply, intellectual property puts the “er” in better, faster, and cheaper. IP enables you to prevent competitors from copying your features and functions and processes and brand and everything else that elevates you from good, fast, or cheap to betterfaster, or cheaper.

So, invest in growing sales by investing in intellectual property development…so you can put the er in your products and services!

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