A Modern Law Firm for Patents

Cognition IP is a law firm dedicated to patent law. We come from big law firms, but saw an opportunity to use technology to increase patent quality, efficiency, and client experience. We offer transparent, flat-fee pricing.

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Trusted by Over One Hundred Clients

Your IP Specialists

Our patent lawyers built their expertise at national law firms representing Fortune 500 companies. They joined us so they could use technology to deliver a better client experience. Cognition IP is backed by Y Combinator and major venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

We build and integrate technology, like automated checking of formalities and form-filling, into our day-to-day workflow to reduce the risk of human error and eliminate unnecessary billing.

Predictable Pricing
We offer flat-rate pricing so that you will never be surprised by your legal bill.

Custom Client Experience
Our flat-rate pricing and technology advantage allows us to spend more time on each matter to provide a custom experience to every client

Services and Specialties

IP Strategy

Decide what IP to protect based on your business goals

Provisional Patent Application

Protect your inventions with an early priority date

Non-Provisional Patent Application

Draft patent applications to protect your inventions

Patentability Search

Evaluate the probability of obtaining a patent based on a comprehensive search

Freedom to Operate

Evaluate ability to commercialize your invention based on a comprehensive search


Protect your brand with comprehensive trademark search and filing

Client Testimonials

"Bryant and Cognition IP ran a highly technical biopharma patentability search for us and were amazing. Ridiculously fast turnaround, clear and comprehensive results, and great walkthrough feedback after. We’ve used other IP attorneys before, but this was the first time we had a universally positive experience."

Stephen Lamb
COO, ZBiotics

"Cognition IP developed our IP strategy for several computer vision patents. Besides being very comprehensive and having quick turnaround, they also spent a lot of time educating us about the patent application process."

Marlon Misra
CEO, Piccolo Labs

"Cognition IP was a pleasure to work with for our freedom to operate analysis for both of our product lines. They were able to understand our complicated technology quickly and with little effort and time on our part. They combed through a difficult IP landscape in record time and provided us a work product that detailed each patent and the reasons for their FTO conclusions."

Oguzhan Atay
CEO, BillionToOne

"Working with Bryant and Cognition IP has been great. They did some really thorough freedom to operate and patentability searches for us in a complicated med-device landscape."

Andrew Martz
CEO, ArchForm

"Cognition IP helped our firm accelerate our learning, create our IP strategy, and execute that strategy.”

Jeffrey Mund
Partner, MCVC Partners

"The Cognition IP guys are miracle workers. Andrew & Bryant took the time to educate us about the process, then took our hastily written draft document & somehow carved it into a beautiful gem, nearly overnight. They're in an entirely different league."

Dave Schukin
CEO, Observant AI

Some of Our Legal and Technology Team

Bryant Lee

Past: JD Harvard Law School;
Covington & Burling

Bryant Lee

Co-founder | Patent Attorney

Liliana Di Nola-Baron

Past: JD GWU; PhD Hebrew University; USPTO

Liliana Di Nola-Baron, PhD

Patent Attorney

Jerrin Kuriakose

Past: PhD Purdue University;
Postdoc Harvard Medical School

Jerrin Kuriakose, PhD

Patent Specialist

Yasmin Fuentes

Yasmin Fuentes


Andrew Tjang

Past: PhD Rutgers University;
Assistant Teaching Professor

Andrew Tjang, PhD

Co-founder | CTO

Perry Chu

Past: BS, Computer Science, CMU;

Perry Chu

Data Scientist

Alex Cheung

Past: Homejoy;

Alex Cheung

Senior Software Developer

Learn about Patents with Our Free Books

Life Sciences Patents for Startups
Life sciences includes pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical devices. IP protection is incredibly important in these fields because of the expensive and long development times and need for defensibility to recoup the initial investment. Many VCs require life sciences startups to have filed patent applications before they will consider investing.


Hardware Patents for Startups
Unless you have a patent, there is little protection in the hardware space from competitors who can reverse engineer and copy your company's hardware product and sell it at a lower price. For this reason, patents are very important for hardware startups and can sometimes be necessary to attract outside investment.


Software Patents for Startups
Software touches every part of the economy, and a fundamental innovation in software can serve as build blocking used by others for decades to come. Approximately half of patent applications filed in the U.S. are now on software inventions, and about half of patent lawsuits in the U.S. relate to software. For these reasons it can be very important for software startups to know about patents.