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About Us

About Us

Our Team


Based in Pittsburgh PA, Ference & Associates provides a full range of legal services relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights in many areas of science and technology. We represent a broad range of clients including Fortune 100 corporations, U.S. interests of international based companies, small entrepreneurial companies and individual inventors. We recognize that timeliness, responsiveness and reasonable fees are just as important as legal and technical expertise. This mix of a small business mindset with big business results has proven to be a great value for the wide range of clients we serve.

We provide our clients with the value and expertise one expects from much larger firms. Our lawyers, intellectual property professionals and support staff are able to respond quickly and provide our clients with world class service. We work to build strong client relationships that impact our day to day work in a way not often seen in larger firms. From utilizing electronic filing for critical on-time USPTO deadlines to cost-effective case management, our lawyers and administrative team deliver unparalleled value.

Stanley D. Ference III

Stanley D. Ference III, 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. Learn More…

Brian S. Malkin

Mr. Malkin counsels clients on patent, trademark, and copyright matters. He represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Learn More…

John W. Goldschmidt, Jr.

John Goldschmidt’s practice concentrates on the strategic planning, leveraging, commercialization, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Learn More…

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. Learn More...

Edith L. Erkert PhD

Edith L. Erkert has been a Patent Agent since 2006.  Dr. Erkert has a strong background in biotechnology and genetics as well as computer software. Learn More…

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.  Learn More…

J Darwin King Ph.D.

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… Learn More