About Us

Knobbe Martens is an agent of innovation, providing clients worldwide with forward-focused intellectual property and technology law service and representation. We are one of the largest and fastest-growing IP law firms, with close to 275 attorneys and scientists representing the complete spectrum of technologies and IP practice areas.

We combine unmatched technical and litigation expertise to deliver superior results in both transactional and contested matters, for both cutting-edge start-ups and established Fortune 500 companies. Our work spans fields ranging from physics to pharmaceuticals and entertainment to engineering.

But perhaps more impressive than our scope is our skill. We are established leaders in our fields—scientists, engineers and thinkers who blend deep educational and technical knowledge with a strategic focus gleaned from our real-world business experience. 

We know your issues. Your pressures. And should the need arise, we know how to aggressively protect the assets that give your business its competitive edge—with extensive experience and intimate knowledge of domestic and international judicial systems.

Whatever our role, our goal is simple: to advance and protect those whose innovations propel the world forward.

Principles and Values

Integrity. Honesty. Passion. To us, these are more than mere words. They’re a promise, a pledge we make to always provide the highest level of professional, ethical representation. To never cut a corner nor accept a compromise. Our clients demand—and deserve—no less.

A Culture of Collaboration

We love competition, just not with each other. We foster a collegial, cooperative atmosphere where every attorney works for the good of the firm, and by extension, for each of our clients. Our attorneys are not compensated to “own” clients, rather, they’re motivated to match clients with an attorney/scientist team custom-built to deliver success. It’s a model that puts our clients’ interests above our own. Which is exactly where they belong.

Strength Through Stability

Since 2000, our firm-wide attrition rate has been approximately 10%. This helps us create and maintain lasting relationships with each client, as well as a deep institutional understanding of their business. Our clients trust the people they called on yesterday will be here tomorrow. There’s no learning curve or revolving door, just a strong, stable team they can count on at any time…all the time.

People First

Our unique culture and corporate structure allow us to attract and retain some of the world’s top IP attorneys. Instead of reserving partnerships for a privileged few, we take a different approach: actively training our associates to assume leadership roles, and providing an environment where their abilities are fully utilized in the best interests of our clients.

Diversity and Inclusion

"Our diversity inspires intellectual creativity"

- Steve J. Nataupsky, Managing Partner

We believe that true innovation comes from celebrating what's different and unique. That's why we embrace diversity at every level of our firm. By drawing upon a variety of perspectives and experiences, we can bring cutting edge approaches and strategic solutions to our clients.

Led by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, our mission is to sustain an environment where diversity is supported and central to the success of the firm. We actively seek to hire, retain and promote attorneys with diverse backgrounds, keeping the firm at the cutting edge of law. Visit our careers page to learn about the diversity and inclusion policies at Knobbe Martens.

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Rankings & Recognition

We’ve found that if you focus on excellence, accolades usually follow. We’re proud to be so recognized by pundits and peers alike.

chambers 2021     AmLaw Diversity Scorecard     Best Law Firms JD Supra Top 100 Patent Firms

Firm Rankings & Recognition

Ranked #3 "Most Diverse Equity Partnership" based on Firm Size
August 16, 2021 | Diversity | National | Law360

Ranked Nationally and Regionally in California and Seattle as a Leading Law Firm for Patent Prosecution, Transactions and Litigation in "IAM Patent 1000" Guide
July 1, 2021 | Prosecution | Transactions | Litigation | National | Regional | Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine

Ranked in The Legal 500 "United States 2021"
June 17, 2021 | Patent Licensing | Patent Litigation | Patent Prosecution (Reexamination and Post-Grant Proceedings) | Trademarks (Litigation) | Trademarks (Non-Contentious) | National | The Legal 500

Recognized Nationally and Regionally in Managing IP's 2021 "IP Stars" Handbook
June 14, 2021 | Life Sciences | Patent Contentious | Patent Prosecution | Trademark Contentious | Trademark Prosecution | PTAB Litigation | National | Regional | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)

Ranked Top 20 for Overall Diversity Nationwide in The American Lawyer's "Diversity Scorecard" 
May 24, 2021 | Diversity | National | The American Lawyer

Ranked a Top California Law Firm for Patent Prosecution and Recognized for Life Sciences and Patent Litigation in "Chambers USA 2021"
May 21, 2021 | Patent Prosecution | Life Sciences | Patent Litigation | Regional | Chambers & Partners

Recognized as a National Top Tier Law Firm for IP Life Sciences and Patent Prosecution by Managing IP's (MIP) 2021 "IP Stars" Guide
April 27, 2021 | Life Sciences | Patent Prosecution | National | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)

Recognized as a Gold Tier Trademark Law Firm in California and Silver Tier Nationally in 2021 "World Trademark Review 1000"
February 18, 2021 | Litigation | Prosecution | Trademarks | National | Regional | World Trademark Review (WTR)

Ranked Among 2021 "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
November 5, 2020 | Litigation - Patent | Litigation - Intellectual Property | Patents | Trademarks | Information Technology Law | Technology Law | Appellate Practice | U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Ranked in Benchmark Litigation 2021 Guide 
October 21, 2020 | Litigation | National | Regional | Benchmark Litigation

Recognized in Legal Media Group's (LMG) "Life Sciences Survey"
September 29, 2020 | Hatch-Waxman Litigation (Generic) | Patent Litigation | Patent Prosecution | Patent Strategy & Management | National | Legal Media Group (LMG)

Named the "Patent Strategy and Management Firm of the Year" by Legal Media Group (LMG)
September 18, 2019 | National | Legal Media Group (LMG)

Ranked #1 "Best Law Firm for Minority Attorneys" based on Firm Size
July 22, 2019 | Diversity | National | Law360

Ranked Among Top 10 Law Firms to Secure the Most Utility Patents in 2018 
February 21, 2019 | National | Harrity & Harrity Patent Analytics Team, as published by Law360

Named a 2018 "Top IP Boutique Law Firm" in California by the Daily Journal 
October 24, 2018 | Regional | The Daily Journal 

Ranked a Top 50 IPR Firm in Patexia's 2018 IPR Intelligence Report
September 1, 2018 | Inter Partes Review (IPR) | National | Patexia 

Ranked #3 Largest IP Boutique Firm in 2017 by Law360
April 15, 2018 | National | Law360

Winner of the 2018 "Law Firm of the Year" Award by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC) 
January 26, 2018 | Trademarks | National | Regional | Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel (AMEC)

Ranked Among "Top 100 Verdicts of 2016" by the National Law Journal - Among Top 10 for IP Verdicts
April 25, 2017 | National | The National Law Journal (NLJ)

Named a Top Patent Prosecution and Trademark Firm in Managing IP's (MIP) 2017 "North America Awards" 
March 24, 2017 | Prosecution | Trademark Contentious | Regional | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)

Attorney Recognitons

Four Attorneys Named Among World’s Leading IP Strategists 
September 2, 2021 | Attorneys: Altman, Anderson, Cowan, Lateef | National | Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) 

Twenty-Three Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers© "Ones To Watch" 2022
August 19, 2021 | Health Care Law | Litigation | Patents | Technology | Attorneys: Achtsam, Azema, Cheek, Choi, Cowan, Dai, Davis, Forbes, Gillett, Hong, Howard, Law, Lim, Luman, Matthaei, Marsden, Metzke, Morrell, Peterson, Powell, Reeves, Swartz, Townes | National | Best Lawyers®

John Sganga and Mauricio Uribe Named 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America© 
August 19, 2021 | Attorneys: Sganga, Uribe | National | Best Lawyers®

Thirteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized Among The Best Lawyers in America© 2022
August 19, 2021 | Appellate | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Copyrights | Trade Secrets | Information Technology | Technology | Attorneys: Anderson, Cianfrani, Jennings, Nataupsky, Pitzel Cruz, Re, Reisman, Seelig, Sganga (John), Swaroop, Uribe, Zadra-Symes, Zimmerman | National | Best Lawyers®

Twenty-One Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named The World's Leading Patent Professionals in the 2021 "IAM Patent 1000" Guide   
July 1, 2021 | Prosecution | Transactions | Litigation | Attorneys: Akhtar, Altman, Anderson, Cianfrani, Fuller, Furman Gurka, King, Lateef, Loots, Merani, Miller, Pitzel Cruz, Re, Reisman, Seelig, Sganga (John), Taylor, Uribe, von Hoffmann, Zimmerman | Regional | Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) 

Kimberly Miller Named to San Diego Business Journal's "Women of Influence in Law 2021" List 
June 28, 2021 | National | Attorney: Miller | San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ)

Salima Merani Recognized as “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing IP (MIP)
June 25, 2021 | Attorney: Merani | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)

Four Knobbe Martens Partners Named "World IP Leaders" by World IP Review (WIPR) 
June 21, 2021 |  Attorneys: Halpern, Natland, Re, Sganga (Jessica) | World IP Review (WIPR)

Twenty-Two Knobbe Martens Partners Recognized in The Legal 500 "United States 2021" 
June 17, 2021 |  Attorneys: Cianfrani, Cowan, DuFour, Gillett, Gurka, Lim, Mayer, Merani, Miller, Min, Nataupsky, Natland, Razai, Re, Reisman, Sganga (John), Summers, Thiessen, Van Hoosear, von Hoffmann, Zadra-Symes, Zimmerman | The Legal 500

Thirteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized as Top "IP STARS" by Managing IP (MIP)
June 1, 2021 | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Transactions | Attorneys: Anderson (Maria), Gurka, Jensen, Lea, Lee, Merani, Natland, Pitzel Cruz, Re, Roby, Sganga (John), von Hoffmann, Zimmerman | National | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)

Salima Merani and Joseph Re Recognized in "Chambers USA Guide 2021"
May 21, 2021 | Patent Prosecution | Life Sciences | Patents | Attorneys: Merani, Re | Regional | Chambers & Partners

Bill Zimmerman Named 2021 "Washington D.C. Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers 
April 27, 2021 | Litigation | Patents | Attorney: Zimmerman | Regional | Super Lawyers Magazine

Christy Lea Recognized as the "Attorney of the Year" by the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA)
March 5, 2021 | Diversity | Attorney: Lea  | Regional | Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA)

Nine Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized as The World's Leading Trademark Professionals in 2021 "WTR 1000"
February 18, 2021 | Litigation | Prosecution | Trademarks | Attorneys: Friedland, Halpern, Holland, Hyman, Natland, Razai, Reed, Van Hoosear, Zadra-Symes | National | World Trademark Review (WTR)

Thirteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named 2021 "Southern California Super Lawyers" 
January 21, 2021 | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Attorneys: Friedland, Horne, Hyman, Jennings, Jensen, Lateef, Nataupsky, Re, Sganga (John), Stewart, Summers, Swaroop, Zadra-Symes | Regional | Super Lawyers

Christy Lea, Joseph Re, and John Sganga Recognized as "Litigation Stars" in the Benchmark Litigation 2021 California Guide
October 21, 2020 | Attorneys: Lea, Re, Sganga | Benchmark Litigation

Thirteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized as "Life Science Stars" by LMG Life Sciences 
September 29, 2020 | Hatch-Waxman Litigation (Generic) | Patent Litigation | Patent Prosecution | Patent Strategy & Management | Attorneys: Altman, Fuller, Lea, Lee (Sabing), Mallon, Merani, Miller, Re, Reisman, Sganga, Swaroop, von Hoffmann, Zimmerman | National | Legal Media Group (LMG)

Three Attorneys Named 2020 "Washington D.C. Rising Star" by Super Lawyers 
April 24, 2020 | Litigation | Patents | Attorneys: Bachand, Cheek, Metzke | Regional | Super Lawyers Magazine

Four Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named Among "Top IP Lawyers in California"
April 23, 2020 | Attorneys: Merani, Lea, Re, Sganga (John) | Litigation | Patents | Regional | Daily Journal

Joseph Reisman and Benjamin Anger Named 2020 "San Diego Super Lawyer and Rising Stars" 
March 22, 2020 | Litigation | Patents | Regional | Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Susan Natland Recognized by World IP Review (WIPR) as one of the 80 Most Influential Women in IP worldwide in 2019 
 May 7, 2019 |  Attorney: Natland | WIPR Influential Women in IP 

Michael Fuller Named to San Diego Business Journal's "SD500" List 
January 7, 2019 | National | San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ)

Salima Merani Honored "Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year" for Life Sciences in California
September 13, 2018 | Life Sciences | Regional | Legal Media Group (LMG) 

Brian Horne Recognized in the 2018 BTI "Client Service All-Stars" Report 
March 30, 2018 | Litigation | BTI Consulting Group 

Susan Natland Recognized as the Exclusive Winner of the 2018 "Client Choice Award" in the IP: Trademarks, California category 
February 16, 2018 |  Attorney: Natland | International Law Office (ILO) 

Steven Nataupsky Named to Orange County Business Journal's "OC500" List
January 5, 2018 | National | Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) 

Brian Horne Recognized as "Leaders in Law" by the Los Angeles Business Journal 
October 30, 2017 | Attorney: Horne | Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ)

Douglas Muehlhauser Recognized as a "Giant Slayer" by The Recorder
September 15, 2017 | Attorney: Muehlhauser | The Recorder

David Weiss Recognized as one of "The Most Influential IP Attorneys" in the LA Region
August 14, 2017 | Attorney: Weiss  | Regional | Los Angeles Business Journal 

Christy Lea Recognized as a "Woman to Watch" by the AIPLA Women in IP Committee
July 10, 2017 | Diversity | Attorney: Lea  | National | American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)