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Brenda Yates is a paralegal in our Intellectual Property & Information Technology, Securities & Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups. Her expertise includes preparing audit letter responses; forming profit and non-profit corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships; and, preparing,amending and maintaining integral internal corporate documents such as consent resolutions, minutes, bylaws, stock certificates, and operating agreements. Brenda is experienced in preparing pubilc and private legal documents for various corporate transactions and regulatory compliance. Further, Brenda is experienced in obtaining tax identification numbers, filing Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) liens, conducting UCC and tax lien searches, and handling out-of-state qualifications.

Additionally, Brenda offers services in the preparation of Federal and State trademark applications, and copyright applications trademark, copyright, and patent assignments; performing trademark and patent chain of title searches and analyzing issues; submitting trademark and patent assignments and various other intellectual property agreements to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her extensive work in the area of intellectual property matters also includes submitting copyright assignments to the U.S. Copyright Office and trademark renewals to the USPTO and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She corresponds regularly with international partners on various trademark and patent matters, including applications, renewals, assignments, and security interests.


  • Academy of Court Reporting
    Paralegal Certificate


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