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Justin Gregory Sanders

Intellectual property Attorney at Huntington Beach, CA

5.0   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
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About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Intellectual property
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    My core practice areas include patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, Internet law, and related intellectual property agreements

    15 years

Justin Sanders is a registered patent attorney and co-founder of Master Key IP, where he assists clients (primarily startups and small businesses) with all aspects of identifying, protecting and monetizing their intellectual property in both the U.S. and abroad - all at reasonable flat fee rates that are tailored to startup budgets.

Justin graduated from California State University, Long Beach, earning a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Human Resources Management. He went on to attend Whittier Law School, as a Fellow in the Center for Intellectual Property Law, where he received his J.D. with magna cum laude honors along with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law.

Justin assists clients with the gamut of intellectual property-related matters, including: performing various types of patent- and trademark-related searches; preparing and prosecuting utility and design patent applications - both in the U.S. and abroad - covering a wide range of technologies; preparing and prosecuting federal and foreign trademark and trade dress applications; rendering patent and trademark infringement and validity/invalidity opinions; obtaining federal copyright registrations; designing and implementing trade secret protection protocols; and negotiating and drafting a multitude of intellectual property and related business agreements.

In addition to servicing clients through Master Key IP, Justin is a board member for Tech Coast Venture Network and is also actively involved with a number of local incubators and accelerators, including the CSUF Startup Incubator, hosted by Cal State Fullerton, where he serves as a mentor to resident startups and entrepreneurs, providing guidance on various intellectual property issues.

Justin has had the honor of being selected for inclusion in the Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers consecutively from 2013 to 2017, and again from 2019 to 2022 - a distinction only awarded to less than 2.5 percent of all attorneys in the state.

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Location

Master Key IP, LLP
7171 Warner Avenue
Suite B-392
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647

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Reviews

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Posted by DL | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
We hired Justin initially for a small Trademark issue. He did a great job. Since then, Justin has been helping us with multiple cases. He's personable, very responsive, and detail-oriented in a good way.
Posted by Paul | August 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Patent Attorney
I strongly recommend Justin Sanders/Master Key for anyone seeking a patent. Justin helped me secure a software patent in less than a year. I interviewed two other patent attorneys; one of them seemed very doubtful that I would be able to patent my business method. Justin, on the other hand, had the vision and expertise to make it happen. Justin was able to provide me with a clear understanding of all of my options as well as the benefits, costs, & risks associated with any given choice. He was able to efficiently develop a comprehensive understanding of my vision, which involved complex and perhaps very unfamiliar concepts and terminology. Justin’s draft of my application was incredibly well written and thorough; I was very impressed with Justin’s ability to take the materials that I provided and distill them into a strategically-written submission. Justin was able to summon pertinent legal knowledge when it became useful, but I believe that a big part of his success was due to his expertise in collaboration (both with me and with the patent examiner). Justin is very responsive, and interactions with him were always pleasant. Finally, I was very impressed my Justin’s judgment. He proved to have an excellent sense of how things were going to play out, and I was very pleased with his handling of my entire process. I highly recommend Justin, especially if this is your first time going through the patent process or if you’re part of a small start-up business.
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Posted by Cherie | October 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
If I could give 10 stars I would. I have worked with several IP attorneys over the past several years and Justin is truly a standout. He has a gift of explaining complex information clearly and concisely which is much appreciated. His sound technical and scientific knowledge has been instrumental to our success and I cannot express how grateful we are for his punctual communication of any and all office action items. I highly recommend Justin Sanders.
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Posted by Petra | October 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
My favorite attorney!
I have had the great pleasure of working with Justin Sanders for more than 5 years on several of our patents. Justin is a highly effective IP attorney, whose expertise, experience, and strategic skills have contributed greatly to the success of our submissions. Justin is always available to answer our questions or map out strategic next steps, and his candor and willingness to spend time explaining matters or strategizing regarding next steps have made him an essential and trusted partner for us as we move forward with our IP and business plans. Justin is a great communicator, and a pleasure to deal with. I recommend him to you fully and enthusiastically.
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Posted by Dan | August 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
An Exceptional Attorney
As the title suggests, Justin is an exceptional IP attorney. I originally hired one of the top US IP corporations to take care of our company patents but it turns out they they were only interested in collecting fees and not getting the job done. I went with Justin after a referral and he had to rewrite the entire provisional patent to make it viable. He even came to see the product in person to understand it better. He is thorough, patient and meticulous and guides you through each step of the complex patent process making many excellent strategic suggestions and sends reminders as due dates arrive. And finally, you want an attorney that can get the patents done, he did that and more. When it seemed our patent may not be accepted, he got on the phone with the examiner to explain the differences, two weeks later we received our Notice of Allowance. I could not recommend a better IP attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Speedy and detail oriented
We are deeply grateful for Justin's services, ability to educate our team about copywriting, and help us to expedite the process of protecting our Intellectual Property. I highly recommend Justin Sanders.
Posted by Gregory | September 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Responsive!
Justin has handled all our IP matters from the very beginning. From ideation to full build-out and launch. He not only believed in our concept early on, but he was also patient and counseled us along the way in terms of strategy, trademark positioning, and more. But his greatest attributes are his integrity and responsiveness.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Far Out Toys Inc. CEO
Having a great Attorney as a part of your team is critical to managing your business, particularly in an industry grounded in invention and technology. Justin Sanders has provided us with excellent legal advice and practical support at every stage of our development. Highly recommended.
Posted by Amanda | May 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusted and very knowledgeable
Justin has helped me with many projects and ideas, he’s amazing! Not many people go out of their way for you or even care but Justin goes above and beyond EVERY time. He is very trustworthy and has incredible integrity! I wouldn’t trust anyone else. I’m very happy and recommend him.
Posted by Nathan | November 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Most Honest Attorney I've met.
I called up Justin to receive trademark legal advice. I was looking to trademark my company and get protection on the name and have talked to several attorneys before I talked to Justin. Out of all the attorneys I talked to, Justin was the most honest. He told me that my name could be trademarked, however, it is so widely used that it has become a common term and cannot be protected by a trademark. He said that I could try and trademark it, but I likely wouldn't get it passed and my money is much better spent elsewhere. I thought I needed a trademark, but I guess my name is too widely used at this point. Even though he knew I was not a promising job, he took his time with me and if I need anything else I will make sure to go to Justin first. Thanks very much Justin you're awesome!
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Posted by Andrew | November 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding IP Attorney
I needed to hire an IP attorney for a patent application on an electro-mechanical product and spent a considerable amount of time searching for the right candidate. Since I knew my firm would be needing a highly competent lawyer who we could trust and depend on to handle many IP-related issues for us as we grow our company, it was especially important for me to find the right lawyer. I had a good feeling about Justin starting from our first conversation. Now that Justin has helped us with several matters, I unequivocally, highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a top-notch attorney at a reasonable price. Having interviewed lawyers that had lower rates and higher rates, I generally felt that the attorneys with lower rates did not match Justin’s level of knowledge, professionalism and communication skills and the higher priced attorneys usually didn’t either… and they weren’t nearly as accessible! As a detail-oriented, analytical person, I am the kind of client who asks a lot of questions. I actually had one lawyer turn me down as a client because he said I would take up too much of his time and that if I wanted to hire him I would have to just trust that he knows what he’s doing! Justin is the exact opposite. He always took the time to thoroughly answer all of my questions and was never in a rush to end a call. He is highly organized, always got back to me promptly and the quality of his work is second to none. And he's also a super nice guy! I don’t often write reviews, but Justin truly stands out from the crowd and has impressed me tremendously (not only in terms of his exceptional work, but in all aspects of how he conducts business), so I felt posting this review is the least I could do to show my appreciation and help other people who are having a hard time finding the right IP attorney.
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Posted by Matthew | February 23, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Genuine, authentic and intelligent
I am new to intellectual property and was so thankful for Justin's help. He is deeply knowledgeable and I never felt like a burden or like I was bothering him. He didn't rush me but took the time to talk it through and come to the best possible conclusion. I went to a handful of IP guys before I found Justin (who actually got referred to me by a friend) and I am so glad I found him. He is definitely the most real lawyer I have ever spoke to. He seems trustworthy and genuine which are rare traits in general let alone in Law. Very happy to know Justin. I will definitely refer to him again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Justin Sanders
Justin was an amazing help to me as we worked together to trademark my business name. He was very understanding, always asking more questions and his goal to satisfy his customers.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Justin did a great job reviewing a licensing agreement for us. He had our best interests in mind and he gave us great advice. We would definitely hire him again.
Posted by Paschal | September 17, 2013
Justin was the greatest guiding us through the complicated Patent Application process!
Justin was the very best we could have hired to guide us through our first-time process of securing our US and European patents! He explained it all in "layman's terms" so that we knew exactly what needed to be done and what we were paying for. We are very pleased with his results and costs - and would certainly use him again. Would definitely recommend him !
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Posted by Phil | August 3, 2013
Very responsive, accurate, and clear.
I was very impressed with Justin. He talked like one that has been in his field for 30 years. He gave me a lot of confidence in his knowledge of any of the subjects at hand. The most impressive thing about him was how exhaustive he was in providing information about any given subject. He took all the time necessary to go the distance, and made the subject very clear in layman's terms. I expected him to be somewhat 'short' with me, as most in his legal profession seem to be, but he was just the opposite to that. He seemed to put his whole heart into his job and cared about me as person. I expect to do more business with him in the future.
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Posted by Dale | July 26, 2013
Small business owner, CEO.
I have worked with Justin Sanders for 6 or 7 years and have found him to be fair, knowledgeable and professional. He has been extremely helpful and persistent in guiding me through what can be a difficult patent process at times. I have worked with many lawyers over the last 25 years and find working with Justin to be both rewarding and enjoyable.
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Posted by Andrew | July 23, 2013
Patent Application Review
Justin was incredibly easy to work with and knowledgeable about the process to submit my patent. He was open to answering all my questions and didn't make me feel unimportant. I appreciated the work he did in such a short notice. Because of his due diligence I was able to submit my patent on time. He answered my emails and calls very quickly and worked with me to submit the information he needed. His professionalism over the phone and through email put me at ease to know I could submit on time. He emailed with updates frequently and made sure I was up to speed on the best options.
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Posted by Ericka | July 23, 2013
Very knowledgable!!
Justin was/is very professional and knowledgable about his practice. Very patient and understanding and was willing to answer any questions you had about the process. Would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to protect themselves with a patent
Posted by Sedat | July 23, 2013
Great service, very organized, knowledgeable and responsive
It was great working with Justin. Prompt, knowledgeable and organized. We were able to follow through the process quickly and in an informed way. Helped us a lot making our decision and working with us to redirect our efforts
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Master Key IP, LLP
  • 2022 - Present
  • Vice President, High Tech and Mechanical Devices
  • Entralta P.C.
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Vice President, High Tech and Mechanical Devices
  • One3 IP Management, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Of Counsel
  • Rhema Law Group, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Patent Attorney
  • Mind Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Patent Agent
  • Patent Law & Venture Group
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
  • 2008
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Representative U.S. Trademarks
  • In the "Search Term" field of the USPTO Free Form Trademark Search, copy & paste the following: ("JUSTIN" AND "G" AND "SANDERS")[AT]
  • Representative U.S. Patents
  • In the "Query" field of the USPTO patent database, copy & paste the following: LREP/"Sanders Justin G". NOTE: this database does not include currently pending applications, which can date back 5 years or more.

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honors Society)
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Patent Law)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • 2008
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Patent Prosecution)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • 2008
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Contracts)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • 2006
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Commercial Transactions)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • 2006
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Torts)
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • 2006
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Publications

  • The Bottom Line (California Bar)
  • The Use of E-mail Templates in Law Practice Administration
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • UCI Business Plan Competition
  • How to Protect Your Company's IP
  • 2016
  • Rapid Digital Manufacturing
  • The Importance of Intellectual Property (and knowing the right questions to ask)
  • 2013
  • IP Road Show
  • Careers in Intellectual Property
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (11)
Endorse Justin
Patent application Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I unequivocally endorse this lawyer! He's responsive, competent, personable and professional!"
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin Sanders has an extensive legal background, with a focus in patent prosecution. He is skilled and excels in all facets of the USPTO and related IP issues. Additionally, he is an admirable professional with a high standard of ethics, excellent work demeanor and personable approach. I highly recommend Justin and his firm for any patent matters and related intellectual property issues."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Justin makes me look good when I refer clients to him. One of my clients told me today how pleased he was with Justin's thorough work, explaining that "it was clear Justin doesn't just read you the stock answer out of a law school book but knows his field [Intellectual Property] and can tell you how things really work, in understandable terms." Justin has been very responsive, thorough, and helpful when I seek his IP expertise for my business clients."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"As a Law Professor, I was able to see Mr. Sanders involved in his legal education. He is bright, hard working, and dependable. I have no doubt that he will continue with these attributes as an attorney."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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