About Our Firm
At Thrive IP®, our philosophy stands on service, and the focus centers on relationships. We want to help our clients to succeed – to help them Thrive. For some startup clients, that means launching with a proper corporate structure to attract follow-on investment and position for exit. We focus on each client’s intellectual property needs, whether “defensive IP” – avoiding the infringement of others’ rights, or “protective IP” – protecting and enforcing the client’s rights against infringers and copyists. We apply many tools, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, freedom-to-operate analysis, opinions and counseling, corporate structuring, tax credit qualification, and litigation.
Meet Jeremy M. Stipkala, Ph.D., J.D.
Jeremy M. Stipkala specializes in intellectual property legal services relating to chemistry, pharmaceuticals, software, medical devices, and simple mechanical inventions, and registers trademarks and copyrights. He also builds corporate structures to attract follow-on investment with an eye for multiple exit pathways. Finally, he manages Thrive IP®, a growing intellectual property law firm headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Meet Bernard S. “Ben” Klosowski, Jr., J.D.
Ben represents a variety of clients in various technical areas, including computer, electrical, mechanical, optical, and electro-mechanical arts. His clients include automotive, maritime, energy systems, metal and plastics fabrication, diagnostics, and medical device companies. Ben has drafted dozens of U.S. and international patent applications including those directed to software and electrical inventions relating to cellular telephone technology, programmable logic controllers, software to control lasers for real-time chemical analyses of pharmaceuticals and consumables, junction box controllers, fiber optic components, and business methods involving various levels of code.
Meet Peter L. Brewer, J.D.
Peter is a registered patent attorney. He is a native of Texas and holds a degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. He is one of only a few attorneys in the country who is both a registered patent attorney and a degreed petroleum engineer. His practice relates primarily to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and trademark applications for companies in the upstream oil and gas industry.
Meet Georg M. Hasselmann, Ph.D., J.D.
Georg specializes in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, global coordination of IP portfolios, infringement clearance, patent validity opinions, and patent licensing. Georg holds a Ph.D in Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University. He acquired his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Georg is licensed to practice law in Virginia.
Meet Will La Salle III, J.D.
William La Salle is a registered patent attorney in the Norfolk, VA area. He is a native of Philadelphia, PA and after a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, attended Charleston School of Law, where he graduated with honors. Will is particularly interested in promoting technological advances in maritime and power production industries as well as in cybersecurity, industrial automation and the Internet of Things.