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Andra Marie Vaccaro

Patent application Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.8   41 reviews

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About Andra

Learn Andra’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Patent application
    25%
    I draft patent applications in computer science, medical, sound, electrical and mechanical devices, telecommunications, games, computer apps, sensors, projectors and other arts. I have prepared hundreds of applications.

  2. Trademark application
    25%
    I prepare and file trademark applications and advise clients regarding same for over 30 years. I also handle opposition and cancellation proceedings.

  3. Trademark infringement
    15%
    I litigate trademark infringement claims, both plaintiff and defense and am very familiar with trademark law having practiced it for over 30 years.

  4. Entertainment
    10%
    I draft contracts and negotiate terms for film productions, finder's fee agreement, IP purchase agreements, etc.

    22 years, 50 cases

  5. Business
    5%
    I handle all sorts of business torts and defamation issues

    37 years, 92 cases

  6. Copyright application
    5%
    I prepare copyright applications for my clients

  7. Copyright infringement
    5%
    I litigate copyright infringement claims both plaintiff and defense

  8. Intellectual property
    5%
    I prepare and file patent applications for mechanical, electrical, medical, computer science, software, control systems inventions. I also file trademark, trade dress and copyright applications. I advise clients regarding licensing of patents, trademarks and copyrights and prepare agreements relating to intellectual property.

    44 years, 200 cases

  9. Patent infringement
    5%
    I litigate patent infringement claims both plaintiff and defense

Our business is advising clients at reasonable prices.  Our practice includes all intellectual property matters, such as, but not limited to drafting and prosecuting patent applications on medical, electrical, mechanical, computer, software,  sound, consumer products, devices and methods,in the US and abroad, and protecting and enforcing trademark, copyright, trade dress, slogan, logos applications and file and prosecutea applications regarding same in the US and abroad.


Andra Vaccaro is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  In her decades of practice before the USPTO, she has successfully filed hudreds of applications on numerous inventions in the medical, electrical, signal processing, audio, audiovisual, hardware, toy, wine, entertainment, construction, sports, and consumer products.

Andra Vaccaro has represented Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, entrepreneurs, physicians, dentists, inventors, writers, artists and others in connection with patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation and licensing issues.

Andra Vaccaro's practice include counseling on a wide range of issues, particularly in the Intellectual Property arena.  She often manages her clients' IP portfolios.  Andra also is experienced in reviewing labeling, advertising and internet copy for FTC and FDA compliance, preparing disclaimers and product inserts, drafting warrantees, foreign and domestic licensing agreements, sales and manufacturing agreements, confidentiality agreements, work for hire agreements and personal releases.  She also has expertise in drafting employee and independent contractor agreements.

Licensed for 40 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Andra

Law Office of Andra Vaccaro
2953 Club Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
Posted by Leo | November 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
VERY RESPONSIVE
Andra was very helpful in answering my questions about trademark infringement. She was very quick in responding to my inquiry and I would recommend her to anyone seeking legal assistance with patent and trademark laws
Posted by Paulina | May 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring, Helpful and Honest
Andra was the only attorney that actually helped me fully understand my concerns and went above and beyond to explain them rather than leave me wondering. I recommend her without reservations and she is not like any other attorney you will encounter. She genuinely cares about helping you and is knowledgeable and passionate about her work.
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Posted by Gregory | January 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Andra Vaccaro got me the patent I wanted!
I'm a small business owner here in L.A. I've spoken with many attorneys regarding IP law and Ms. Vaccaro was hands down the most knowledgeable. Which is why I hired her to write my company's very first utility patent. That was only a few short months ago and guess what? The patent was issued! I'm so excited. I will definitely be using Ms. Vaccaro for years to come!
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Posted by Milad | June 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, Welcoming, and Diligent
I consulted Andra with an urgent matter. She spent over 1 hour on the phone with me, despite it being the weekend. Unlike some IP lawyers, she is knowledgeable not only of black-letter IP Law, but also the practical intersection of IP law and civil procedure. Many thanks!
Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very sincere and concerned lawyer
Ms. Vaccaro took the time to explain but making sure I understood a problem to avoid in my situation. Seems like a very sincere and caring person which is a quality which I consider as important as knowledgeable.
Posted by Terry Carroll | April 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ms. Vaccaro went above and beyond for me.
When asking some pretty tricky questions regarding motions to compel, Ms. Vaccaro provided some critical information that helped me to be confident and informed moving forward with my motion. She did not have to be as thorough as she was, given that it was a free consultation, but it speaks to her professionalism and good character. Thanks Ms. Vaccaro.
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Response from Andra Vaccaro April 6, 2017
Thank you very much!
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful
Andra was very sweet and helpful.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer!
She responded very quickly and answered all of my questions she really helped me solve my problem!
Posted by Yakov Helm | February 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
small claims procedure
Mrs. Vaccaro generously and consistently provided me with the proper line of behavior in small claims court. I asked questions repeatedly because it will be my first experience in small claims court
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She uses commonly-used words when speaking to you; she doesn't assume we all went to law school and understand legal terminology
I contacted Ms. Vaccaro with a question about a very complicated component of trial law: judicial notice. I read pages and pages of the code of criminal procedure which was totally confusing as each applicable code seemed to contradict the other. I asked a couple of attorneys about judicial review but they pretty much repeated verbatim the same legal "mumbo-jumbo" that had me confused in the first place. Ms. Vaccaro explained things in layman's terms and illustrated her point by giving me a spot-on example to which I could relate and understand that made the whole process absolutely clear. We need more attorneys like her.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful, knowledgeable, warmhearted, and supportive attorney!
I had consultation with Andra last year with a very difficult lawsuit, and she was so helpful, knowledgeable, warmhearted, and supportive. She is so knowledgeable and is very generous in sharing her knowledge; she is so warmhearted and would help as much as she can without any reservation. I'd certainly strongly recommend Andra!  
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Better than my PERSONAL Lawyer
I don't understand how the 'Lawyer' I had for years, trusted so well, treated me with the (what I thought) the best advice...was put to a stop after I accidentally came across Andra. I'm new to "AVVO" and my very 1st reply from a Lawyer was Ms. Andra! First I saw her warm photo, then I saw she was same state, but clear across from me...THIS IS VITAL: normally, your 'typical Lawyer' will only reply to 1. His/her clients 2. Money consultations 3. IF YOU ARE NEAR THEM! That said, Ms. Andra is over a 5 hour drive from me...yet she STILL took time out of her busy day to give advice to TWO major questions I had!!! Amazing advice! Such advice that these Lawyers wants $$$$$$$ and $$$$ only for. But not Andra. And that means a LOT TO ME. She didn't ask me personal questions. She didn't "pull me in" with any reels....she was genuine. And that shows me a lot. I wish I was in your city Andra! You are literally a friend of mine online that I'll never forget. Ever.
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Response from Andra Vaccaro January 19, 2017
Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thanks for your feedback
I asked about copyright regarding a book I was publishing using a famous personal letters he'd written me. Thank you, Andra Marie, for attention to this matter.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pro Per in a Civil Lawsuit
Advice was very helpful, needed and accurate on proceeding with my very first attempt at legal interrogatories for Civil trial.
Posted by Tiffany | September 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Such a easy person to talk to.
When I called Andra I felt hopeless and lost on how I was going to deal with my court issues. I've never felt with the law before and I knew little to nothing about going to court. Andra took the time out of her own busy schedule to make sure I understood everything. I didn't feel rushed and I got all my questions answered. 10/10 would recommend.
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Posted by Shaun | August 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and Sincere Advice
Navigating the court's website was a bit much for someone unfamiliar with legal terms and procedure. I live out of state and the situation was very overwhelming. Just when I thought all hope was lost, this attorney simplified everything and reassured me it could be done. Andra gave me positive, helpful advice when other attorneys would not. I was under the impression that she sincerely cared and wanted to help.
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Posted by David Fuchs | June 10, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Common Sense Doesn't Hurt
This is the second time that Andra answered my question on Avvo and elaborated in a phone.consultation. Her answers combine her knowledge of the law with her knowledge of the world. Combines thinking and feeling. Brain with heart.
Posted by Nicole | April 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful and able to navigate the system.
My case questions were related to a case completely outside Andra's area of expertise in law however I was very impressed (and grateful) that she took her own time to help me find the answer I needed. The fact that she was open about not knowing the answer and then took the time to help me find it tells me she is a very honest attorney. If I ever need help in her area of law, I will definitely be calling. Even though she was very upfront about not knowing much in the area of law I was seeking answers, I feel compelled to still call and try and talk her into helping me with my family law case because I already trust her because of how she handled my questions. I got the answer to the original question to because of her.
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Posted by David Fuchs | April 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Warm Person
After generously responding to my question on Avvo, Andra allowed me to ask her more on the phone. Such a warm person, who makes you feel comfortable, she brought up all the relevant issues of my case to be mindful of. I'm forever grateful!
Posted by Joel | October 9, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Heart of Gold
Do you remember the motivation that lead you on your dream path? Many of us get lost along the way, but not miss Andra!!! She is the best attorney to have in your corner. Knowledgeable in law and and keen on perception, a take charge but not pushy. A vital source if you're looking for a sure win, whether it's big or small. She's now locked in as my go to for legal services!
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Andra M. Vaccaro
  • 2010 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Judge Pro-tem
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Pro Tem
  • 1990 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Andra M. Vaccaro
  • 1986 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Andra M. Finkel
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Of Counsel
  • Sullivan, McWilliams
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Litigation Associated
  • Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman Beverly Hills
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Associate
  • Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1976
  • Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Transfer
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Foxen Winery v. Fess Parker Winery
  • settled

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Los Angeles Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered Attorney
  • 1977 - Present
  • International Trademark Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1988 - 1992
  • USTA
  • Member
  • 1982 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pro Tem Award
  • Superior Court Los Angeles
  • 2007
  • Pro Tem Award
  • Superior Court of Los Angeles County
  • 2006
  • Pro Tem Award
  • Superior Court of Los Angeles
  • 2005
  • Pro TEM AWARD
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2004
  • Pro Tem Award
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2003
  • Certified Specialist
  • State Bar of California
  • 1990
  • American Jurisprudence
  • Whittier College School of Law
  • 1982
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Publications

  • New York: Federal Legal Publications,
  • Antitrust for Business: Questions and Answers
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Central Coast Winemaker's Assoc. Annual Meeting
  • TRADEMARK and TRADE DRESS
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (45)
Given (2)
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Business Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart analysis, smart answers. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many answers from Andra Vaccaro on this site and I find that she is very knowledgeable about the law, and consistently gives sound advice on how to proceed."
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer. She is well-respected by her peers. However what it is truly outstanding is the time she devotes to answer the public's questions. Her answers are well-reasoned and insightful."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very experienced in intellectual property law. An exceptional choice."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Vaccaro is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered her primary area of practice over the course of her professional experience. Her sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of her cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for her services."
Business Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Vaccaro is a consistent source of solid advice on Avvo, and is donating a significant amount of her time to help individuals who need guidance in legal matters."
Business Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Vaccaro is a top-notch business attorney. A zealous advocate for her clients and highly respected in the legal community."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Vaccaro provides a much needed service on Avvo. She donates her time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Business Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andra is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered her primary area of practice over the course of her professional experience. Her sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of her cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for her services."
Business Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Vaccaro is a knowledgeable attorney and very well respected in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is so important to protect your ideas and innovations. Andra is a lawyer who is passionate about ensuring her clients ideas and body of work are legally protected. She is truly exceptional."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Vaccaro is able to help her clients properly protect and profit from their inovative ideas and creations. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Vaccaro frequently contributes thorough, thoughtful responses to questions posted on Avvo. My impression is that she is extremely well versed in a wide range of IP-related issues, and takes great care to find creative, pragmatic solutions to her clients' problems. In short, I am happy to submit my endorsement for Ms. Vaccaro."
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