Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
I think what sets us apart is our combination of deep technical expertise with cutting edge legal expertise.

Adeel Akhtar


At a Glance

  • J.D. Harvard Law School
  • B.S. Physics, Dalhousie University

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Adeel S. Akhtar is the managing partner in our San Francisco office. He has extensive experience in patent protection, and other forms of intellectual property protection, for high technology industries.

Adeel's practice includes strategic patent procurement, general counseling on infringement and licensing issues, pre-litigation studies, intellectual property due diligence studies and related negotiations for mergers and acquisitions. He also frequently conducts in-house seminars to assist clients in identifying and prioritizing patentable inventions.

Adeel focuses on complex technologies, including software, data processing, and electronic devices such as sensors, imagers, displays, MEMS and integrated circuits. He has particular expertise in the semiconductor field, including:

  • Integrated circuit fabrication flows
  • Semiconductor device physics
  • Circuit layout
  • Scaling techniques
  • Chip packaging
  • Semiconductor processing equipment (ancillary systems, such as sensory systems, wafer handling systems, and metrology)
  • Basic processes developed for the equipment, such as deposition processes (including spin-on deposition, CVD, PVD and ALD), etching, annealing, oxidation, and photolithography

Outside of these specialty areas, Adeel also represents a number of clients in a broad range of other technologies, such as industrial chemicals, agricultural machinery, temperature control systems, drug delivery platforms, water purification, seismic reinforcement, sporting equipment, and web services.

Adeel joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 1999.


  • Harvard Law School (J.D. 1994), cum laude
  • Dalhousie University (B.S. Physics 1991), cum laude
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