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Stanley Ference practices in all aspects of intellectual property law. Stanley’s experience includes securing domestic and foreign patent, trademark, and copyright rights. He has been registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1989.

Stanley has obtained patents for clients in the U.S. and in foreign countries. He also has experience filing and prosecuting international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty and managing foreign filings under the Paris Convention. His prosecution practice covers all areas of technology, with an emphasis in writing and prosecuting applications in the electronic circuit, computer software, optical processors, signal processing, and electro-mechanical related arts.

Stanley has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent®. He is a Masters of the Bench member of the Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Stanley has previously been on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute’s Patent Bar Review course and is currently on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute’s Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp course. Stanley is also an e-Discovery Special Master for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Prior to forming the law firm of Ference & Associates, Mr. Ference was associated with the Intellectual Property Group of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania’s largest law firm. Prior to that time, he was an associate with Brumbaugh, Graves, Donohue & Raymond, an intellectual property firm in New York, New York. Brumbaugh, Graves subsequently merged into Baker Botts, LLP.

Professional Associations & Memberships

· Pennsylvania Bar Association

· Allegheny County Bar Association

· Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association

· American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • 409 Broad Street
    Sewickley, PA 15143-1577


  • English


  • Dickinson School of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • Union College, Bachelor of Science

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1990
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • New Jersey, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • Florida, 1994

Court Admissions

  • US Patent & Trademark Office

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Copyright Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Copyright Law, Pittsburgh (2020)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law


  • Best Lawyers in America 2019 Copyright & Trademark Law


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