Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
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Adam Powell


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of California - Hastings College of Law
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of California - Santa Barbara

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Adam Powell represents clients in a broad range of cases, including patent, antitrust, trade secret, copyright, and contract matters. He has also managed large U.S. and international patent portfolios. Adam works with a variety of technologies, including medical devices, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, software, solar energy, and commercial diving. 

In one of his most successful cases, Adam represented Masimo Corporation in a three-week trial against Philips. The jury awarded $466 million to Masimo and rejected Philips’ infringement claims seeking $169 million. That verdict was featured in The National Law Journal's "Top Verdicts of 2014" as the top intellectual property verdict and number 5 verdict overall, and was also listed as the "Top IP Award of 2014"  by Law360. In 2015, Adam also represented Masimo in patent and antitrust litigation against Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Tech. Co. Ltd. and Mindray DS USA. In that case, he was primarily responsible for defending against Mindray’s antitrust counterclaims alleging monopolization, attempted monopolization, conspiracy, group boycott, tying, and restraint of trade.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he graduated from UC Hastings Law School, where he served on the Hastings Law Journal, Hastings Moot Court Team, Law and Bioscience Project, and Civil Justice Clinic. Adam also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.  


  • University of California - Hastings College of Law (J.D. 2010), magna cum laude
  • University of California - Santa Barbara (B.S. Chemical Engineering 2007)
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