Founding Principal Attorney

Phone: +1 (412) 741-8400
Fax: +1 (412) 741-9292

Stanley D. Ference III, one of Pittsburgh’s Leading Patent Attorneys is the principal of Ference & Associates, an Intellectual Property Law firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. Stanley has an extensive background in intellectual property law, including Online Counterfeiting. He advises clients on all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright law. Stanley’s practice includes litigation for both plaintiff and defendant, patent prosecution for computer related technology, trademark prosecution and oppositions. Stanley has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has served as an expert witness. He is an E-Discovery Special Master for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Ference was selected to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. In 2020 Stanley was recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners, IP Stars and Super Lawyers. He has also been recognized as a Lawyer of the Year by U.S. News and the firm has been recognized as a Best Law Firm.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • J.D., The Dickinson School of Law, Disability Law Clinic; Judicial Law Clerk
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Union College, Delphic Honor Society; Senior Class Vice President

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • International Trademark Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association