Ference & Associates, LLC

Ference & Associates, LLC

Providing a full range of legal services relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights in many areas of science and technology.

Firm Overview

Based in Pittsburgh PA, the professionals of Ference & Associates work with our clients to obtain intellectual property rights in the United States and other countries. The firm has established a strong network of foreign associates to handle matters outside of the United States. The firm is currently handling matters in over 90 different countries. With our experience, skills, education and legal knowledge, our professionals prepare and prosecute patent, trademark, and copyright applications on behalf of our clients.

Ference & Associates works with clients to oversee every aspect of their patent portfolios. We are experienced in application drafting; counseling, licensing and opinion work; policing and litigation; due diligence and transactional counseling; and other aspects of intellectual property portfolio management. We pride ourselves on creating value for our clients through our extensive expertise.
Main Office

Main Office
409 Broad St.
Pittsburgh  PA  15143

Phone
  • (412) 741-8400

Stanley D. Ference III

Mr. Ference is the principal of Ference & Associates, has an extensive background in intellectual property law. He advises clients on all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright law. Mr. Ference's practice includes litigation for both plaintiff and defendant, patent prosecution for computer related technology, trademark prosecution and oppositions. Mr. Ference has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has served as an expert witness. He is an E-Discovery Special Master for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Education
  • The Dickinson School of Law
    J.D. , 1989

Brian S. Malkin

Mr. Malkin counsels clients on patent, trademark, and copyright matters. He represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has prosecuted trademark and patent applications from filing to registration. He handles trademark opposition litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as trademark filing and prosecution on a daily basis. Mr. Malkin currently serves as an E-Discovery Special Master for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

For over 18 years, Mr. Malkin has been involved in all types of litigation as lead counsel. He has handled discovery, motions practice, and appellate practice. His cases have included insurance defense, employment disputes, complex business litigation and intellectual property disputes. He has tried cases in federal and state court and represents individuals and large companies, before judges and juries. He also represents clients before Arbitrators and Mediators.

Mr. Malkin has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AVPreeminent (5.0) for the highest level of professional excellence. He is also an AVVO Super Rated Lawyer.

As a law student, Mr. Malkin clerked for Yablonski Costello Leckie & Chaban, in Washington County. Before moving to private practice, Mr. Malkin began his legal career with the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Bureau and with Judge Rosalia Parker as a judicial law clerk.

In December of 2005 and 2006, Mr. Malkin was chosen as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star as one of the Best Young Lawyers Under 40 in Workers' Compensation. This distinction is awarded to less than 3% of all lawyers in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Malkin has served multiple times on the Election Board and as Judge of Elections in Franklin Park. Mr. Malkin is past Chair of the Franklin Park Environmental Advisory Council. He now serves on the Franklin Park Zoning Board.

Mr. Malkin regularly contributes his time to Pro Bono employment matters and is past Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section Council.

Mr. Malkin lives in Franklin Park with his wife, Christina, and his 3 daughters.

Phi Beta Kappa. Former Law Clerk, Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation, 1995.
Education
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    J.D.

Jodie J. Spade

Jodie Spade is a patent attorney with a strong background in electronics and computer software, which she uses in drafting and prosecuting patent applications.
Education
  • Duquesne University School of Law
    J.D.
    cum laude

Norbert Lazar

Norbert Lazar began practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2013. Mr. Lazar has a background in biochemistry and microbiology as well as computer software. While in law school he was a staff editor on the Journal of Technology Law and Policy.
Education
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    J.D. , 2016

J Darwin King, Ph.D.

J Darwin King is an attorney with a strong background in neuroscience as well as computer software, which he uses in drafting and prosecuting both domestic and international patent applications. Dr. King also works with startup companies to develop their intellectual property portfolios.
Education
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    J.D.

John W. Goldschmidt, Jr.

John Goldschmidt's practice concentrates on the strategic planning, leveraging, commercialization, and enforcement of intellectual property rights in ideas, inventions, business methods, as well as literary and artistic expression through the use of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, related licensing, and litigation.
Education
  • Rutgers University Law School
    J.D. , 1988
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