Law Office of John Merchant

Firm Overview

The Law Office of John Merchant specializes in providing professional legal service to individuals and growing businesses. We research and analyze prior art, prepare and prosecute U.S. patents, trademarks and copyrights, and draft contracts and licensing documents aimed at preserving intellectual property assets. We also assist business clients on a variety of general business law matters. Established in March of 2007.

Example cases

We focus primarily on intellectual property prosecution matters including the prosecution of U.S. patents and trademarks. We serve individuals as well as corporations, and we perform consulting work for corporate in-house counsel. Please see our website for a listing of clients and case studies.

Main Office
412 Juana Ave
San Leandro  CA  94577
  • (415) 992-2260
  • (415) 520-9822


Free Initial Consultation?
We do not charge for initial consultations. We make sure that we have a firm understanding with the client about the scope, costs and fees associated with any project.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We provide some services on a fixed fee or capped fee basis depending on various factor including what makes the best financial sense for the client.
Hourly Rates
My hourly rates range from $150 to $250 per hour depending on the type and difficulty of the matter or project.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I feel especially rewarded working on creative entrepreneurial projects. I enjoy meeting enthusiastic people and I enjoy being a part of the creative process.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage clients to educate themselves on all legal issues which are relevant to their artistic, business, and entrepreneurial concerns. And I try to assist clients in the learning process. Clients who understand legal issues are more likely to make sound business decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I appreciate clients who want to be involved in the preparation of legal documents, and I am open to reviewing client prepared documents. Our aim is to provide quality legal service and assist clients in achieving their goals.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

As professional legal service providers, we aim to serve clients in their best interest regarding their legal matters. We will assist clients who want to represent themselves.

John Merchant

I have been practicing in the Bay Area since 1992. Prior to establishing this firm, I worked as patent and trademark prosecutor in Silicon Valley and San Francisco and as a civil litigator in Oakland. I have significant experience in a variety of legal matters including intellectual property, construction, employment, corporate contract and other business law matters.

I have significant experience working with both technical and non-technical clients on a variety of legal issues including litigation and transactional matters. It is my central role as legal counsel to be as knowledgeable as possible about the legal aspects of each matter, and that is why I have an advanced legal degree in intellectual property law. My background in basic science and my experience in the law also help make me an effective translator of technical issues.

I'm a good listener and communicator. I can translate difficult technical concepts into layman's terms. I try to maintain a professional and friendly style. I am open and honest and I try to do my very best for each client.

Personal interests:

I am personally interested in new design concepts, practical innovation and the creative process. I often spend my time away from work in the outdoors. I love to play tennis, surf and play music with friends and family.

  • Bar Number: 159123
    California , 1992
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991
    Santa Clara, CA
    Associate Editor, Computer and High Technology Law Journal, Spring 1991.
    - American Jurisprudence Award; Criminal Law.
    - Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition.
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    L.L.M., Intellectual Property , 2005
    Santa Clara, CA
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Bachelor of Arts , 1987
    Berkeley, CA

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