Company Overview

SotoIP is a micro boutique strategic IP advisory and patent prosecution firm serving startup and emerging growth companies throughout the United States, as well as international clients entering the U.S. National Stage. We partner with founders to discover and capture their innovations, develop an IP strategy, build a patent portfolio, and to ensure that the IP strategy remains in lockstep with the overall business strategy.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Patent Services
  • Patentability Analysis
  • Novelty Validity and Patent Assessment Searches
  • Domestic and National Stage Patent Applications
  • Freedom to Operate Analysis
  • Patent Invalidity and Infringement Investigations
  • Patent Portfolio Strategy
  • Patent Competitive Landscape Analysis

Our Team

Soto IP | John Sotomayor

John L. Sotomayor

Managing Patent Attorney

  • Former In-house Patent Counsel to Startups
  • Former USPTO Patent Examiner
  • 20-years’ industry experience in telecommunications, software, and intelligence industries

John Sotomayor is registered before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to practice federal law, and is licensed in Wisconsin. He is not licensed in North Carolina.

Soto IP | John Sotomayor

Krissa Johnson-Sotomayor

Strategic Business Development & Partnerships

  • Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Champion, Super Connector and Community Builder
  • 1 Million Cups Ambassador
  • Previously, 15 years as an international retained executive search consultant
Soto IP | John Sotomayor

Natalie Garfield

Client Services Manager

  • Previously, 16 years with Baker Hostetler
Soto IP | John Sotomayor

William Piazza

Of Counsel Patent Agent

  • Previously, 35 years with IBM as an Engineer, Master Inventor and Patent Manager
  • Named as an inventor on over 60 U.S. and foreign patents
Soto IP | John Sotomayor

L. Taylor Arnold

Of Counsel Attorney

  • Toy Inventor
  • Former Instructor of contract, intellectual property, and corporation law for the Duke University Paralegal Certificate Program


  • RIOT
  • 1 Million Cups
  • Cofounders Capital
  • Venture Asheville
  • Queen City FinTech


  • Launch Greensboro
  • UNC Kenan Flagler Business School Soft Launch Program
  • UNC Kickstart Ventures Program
  • New Gen
  • WeWork