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McNees Ranked a Top 5 Patent Law Practice in Central Ohio

September 2, 2022
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — (September 2, 2022) McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has been recognized as one of the Top 5 largest patent law practices in Central Ohio, according to Columbus Business First.

“While we’re always thrilled to be recognized, it’s our clients’ satisfaction with the results we achieve for them that is truly the highest honor,” said McNees’ Diane Hughes Dobrea, who leads the Columbus patent law team.

Dobrea and her Columbus colleague, David M. Marcus, are part of McNees’ larger team of Intellectual Property Law attorneys serving clients from offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“Diane and David’s efforts have placed our firm among the strongest patent practices in Central Ohio,” Shawn K. Leppo, co-chair of McNees’ Intellectual Property Group, said. “That’s a testament to their reputation as highly skilled attorneys and client-focused professionals.”

Dobrea and Marcus work extensively with intellectual property experts around the world on all aspects of intellectual property protection and management.

Dobrea’s clients include entrepreneurs, small and large businesses, state institutions and nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis in the medical, cosmetic and cosmeceutical fields. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dobrea provides services spanning patent and trademark prosecution; intellectual property portfolio management; commercial- and intellectual property-related transactions; freedom to operate opinion work; and opposition and litigation support.

Marcus’s clients range from large corporations with vast patent experience to first-time inventors who are learning on their feet. He has prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications for a myriad of technologies; asserted and defended patent and trademark claims in federal court; and prepared legal opinions.

McNees has nine Columbus-based professionals offering the following services: Intellectual Property and Patent law, Energy and Environmental law, White Collar Defense law and Internal Investigations, and Government Relations.

Current and prospective clients may contact the McNees Columbus office at 614-469-8000. For more information on the firm’s Columbus practice and attorneys, visit


McNees is a full-service law firm with more than 140 attorneys representing corporations, associations, institutions and individuals. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Devon, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Scranton, State College and York, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; Frederick, Md.; and Washington, D.C. McNees is also a member of the ALFA International Global Legal Network. | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook


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