Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP client AutoAlert has completed a major growth equity investment from HGGC, a leading middle market private equity firm based in Palo Alto. As part of the transaction, AutoAlert founders Boyd Warner and Jeff Cotton will reinvest a substantial portion of their proceeds and retain a significant minority stake in the business. Steve Young, Managing Partner and Co-founder of HGGC, will become Chairman of the Board of AutoAlert.
Decisyon Inc., provider of the industry’s only unified, collaborative business intelligence (BI) and performance management platform, today announced it received $22 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by growth equity firm Catalyst Investors. The growth capital will support Decisyon’s continued global expansion including the hiring of additional sales, marketing and delivery staff in the United States, rapidly growing sales and marketing activities in Europe, and the next stages of the company's product development.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP has once again secured a top 10 ranking among the top firms in the nation for obtaining utility patents for its clients in the 2014 Top Patent Firms list compiled by Intellectual Property Today (IP Today).
To create the list IP Today ranked 286 firms according to the number of utility patents issued in 2013, where the firm was listed as the legal representative on the issued patent. Knobbe Martens has continued to rank high on this list over the years.
Top student entrepreneurs from Case Western University captured the LES Foundation 2014 International Graduate Student Business Plan Competition’s $10,000 Grand Prize for their technology spinout, Disease Diagnostic Group (DDG). The Foundation also presented the $5,000 LES International Global Award to Vibronix, Inc. from Purdue University.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP partner Susan Natland has been selected by International Law Office (ILO) as the exclusive winner of their “Client Choice Award” in the Intellectual Property: Trademarks, California category for her prolific trademark practice. The annual award recognizes attorneys worldwide who stand apart for excellent client care and quality of service.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP client Ulthera, Inc., a global medical device company focused on developing and commercializing technologies for aesthetic and medical applications, announced on March 21, 2014 that it has acquired Cabochon Aesthetics, Inc., the ninth company started by premier medical device incubator, The Foundry.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP has been recognized as the Top Patent Prosecution Firm in the United States and Top IP Specialty Firm in the United States by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). The firm also won an award for being the Best Patent Prosecution Firm in the West.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP’s victory on behalf of client KFx Medical Corporation against competitor Arthrex Inc. has been recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the largest verdicts of 2013 in the publication's annual report on "Top Verdicts of the Year." In the patent infringement case, the jury found that all of the asserted claims were valid and infringed. The jury also awarded $29 million in damages, which was later increased by the court to account for additional sales and interest.