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Vance is an intellectual property (IP), patent, trademark, and venture capital attorney. He brings a progressive and creative approach to the development of intellectual property and business strategy for emerging businesses and startup companies. He also helps his clients, including many angel and venture-backed companies, develop comprehensive strategies in a broad range of technologies including software, medical devices, and mechanical and electrical innovations. Vance assists his clients with all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution, trademark registration and clearance, and copyright and trade secret protection. His experience includes providing clients with patentability, validity, and infringement opinions, and serving various intellectual property litigation and regulatory (FDA) needs.

Vance has worked in-house for a Fortune 500 company, has co-founded three startup companies, and is an active angel investor. He is a frequent keynote speaker and mentor for universities, startup accelerators, incubators, and technology groups. He is a past President of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, was appointed by the Mayor of Cincinnati to the Small Business Advisory Committee and was recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Top 40 under 40.

Alongside his robust practice, Vance is the author of “The Patent Game,” a book written specifically for inventors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders that want to improve their patent knowledge. As Vance refers to it, “IP IQ” can be used to leverage patents as a key driver of business value. He helps readers and clients understand patent application types, tricks and tools, the anatomy of a patent, and other practical information they can apply directly to their business or innovation.

Other Info About Vance


Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2005

Undergraduate School

Butler University, B.S., Biology, 2001

Bar Memberships

Vance is licensed to practice in the following state(s):



Vance is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

United States Patent and Trademark Office


Local & National Recognition

Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2019-2024

The Best Lawyers in America®: Patent Law, 2016-2024

National Law Journal, Intellectual Property Trailblazers, 2020

Cincy Magazine, Leading Lawyer in Patent Law, 2019-2023

Super Lawyers, Ohio Rising Stars list 2014-2018

Cincinnati Business Courier, Top 40 Under 40

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Greater Cincinnati Venture Association (GCVA) (Former President; Board of Trustees)

City of Cincinnati’s Small Business Advisory Council

Intellectual Property Owners Association


Venture For America

OCEAN Accelerator

UpTech Accelerator

Hamilton County Business Center Incubator

VaanGuard Mentor for Small Businesses

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations


Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

CincyBio Planning Committee 2010-2011

Cincinnati Innovation Awards Planning Committee 2010-2011


Vance was invited to speak at the following events:

The Patent Game: Winning IP Strategies for Investors & Startups, Presentation to IKOVE Venture Capital Group, October 2019

Software Patents: A Moving Target, moderator, The Circuit, October 2015

Software Patents: A Moving Target, moderator, eKickstart program, November 2014

Intellectual Property Basics, First Batch, July 2014

Major Publications

Vance is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Author: “The Patent Game”, 2019

Author: “To protect your name, know trademark rules”,, December 2013

Author: “Lean, Prompt Patents Powerful,”, April 2013



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