Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
After a great day in court, I can’t believe I get paid to do something that I find so exciting.

John Sganga

Partner

2040 Main Street, 14th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
949-760-0404

At a Glance

  • J.D. New York University School of Law
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lafayette College

  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California

Professional Profile 

John B. Sganga, Jr. is a partner in the Orange County office of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP, where his practice focuses on litigating patent, trademark, trade secret, and licensing disputes.  Mr. Sganga has been litigating IP cases for 30 years, and is chair of the firm’s litigation practice group.  He has handled bench and jury trials, arbitrations, proceedings before the United States International Trade Commission, proceedings before the TTAB and PTAB, and appeals.  His litigation experience relates to a wide variety of technologies and industries including software, computers, telecommunications, video games, medical and dental devices, construction products, watercraft, engine technology, semiconductor processing equipment, and beverages.

Mr. Sganga has been published and has lectured extensively on intellectual property litigation issues. He currently is an adjunct professor at the Chapman University School of Law, teaching a course in patent litigation. He co-authors the Thomson Reuters treatise, “Pre-Litigation Patent Enforcement.” Mr. Sganga’s article “Direct Molding Statutes: Potent Weapons, But Are They Constitutional?” was published in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, for which he was given the Rossman Award by the Patent and Trademark Office Society. Mr. Sganga has lectured on Intellectual Property Law issues for CEB, PLI, IPO, ACC-SoCal and various bar associations.

Education

  • New York University School of Law (J.D. 1984)
  • Lafayette College (B.S. Mechanical Engineering 1981), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Honorary Fraternity, Pi Tau Sigma Honorary Fraternity, President of Sigma Nu Fraternity
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