Neal Sanborn

Intellectual Property Attorney

Neal is a skilled intellectual property attorney focusing in patent preparation and prosecution in the areas of chemistry and materials science. Neal also has extensive experience litigating intellectual property disputes in Federal Court and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), drafting and negotiating intellectual property-centric agreements, deescalating potential intellectual property matters, and preparing invalidity and noninfringement opinions.

Neal’s multi-faceted background uniquely situates him to analyze intellectual property rights issues from a complete business perspective, so that he can efficiently devise and achieve inventive solutions for his clients.

Recognized for his work in Intellectual Property Law, Neal was included in the 2023 and 2024 editions of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™.

Neal’s experience with intellectual property law is formidable. Prior to joining Burris Law, Neal spent eight years working with a national intellectual property firm. During that time, Neal prepared and prosecuted patent applications under various technologies, including in the laser and ultrasonic welding, coating, and medical device fields. He was also regularly involved with high value intellectual property rights disputes, licensing and other contract negotiations, and due diligence investigations.

Industry Experience
  • Prior to joining Burris Law, Neal worked with a national boutique IP law firm for eight years.
  • J.D., Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude (2011)
  • B.A., Albion College, Biochemistry (2005)
  • State Bar of Michigan