Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
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Boris Zelkind


At a Glance

  • J.D. DePaul University - College of Law
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of California
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal 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
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Boris Zelkind is a partner in our San Diego office.  Mr. Zelkind’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement, trade secrets, trademark, copyrights and unfair competition cases. 

For more than 20 years, Mr. Zelkind has represented clients in federal courts and jury trials throughout the United States and in European patent proceedings.  He has litigated numerous trade secret misappropriation cases and advises clients on best practices for protecting and maintaining trade secrets.  Mr. Zelkind has been on the forefront of the new federal trade secrets legislation.  Mr. Zelkind also has an extensive appellate practice and has presented numerous oral arguments to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Zelkind handles matters in a variety of technology areas, including software, medical device, consumer products, video compression, telecommunications, commercial diving equipment, solar energy, home automation systems, and cycling technology.  He lectures frequently on intellectual property litigation subjects and is a Lawyer Representative to the United States District Court of Southern District of California.

Mr. Zelkind began practicing law in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he focused on intellectual property litigation, as well as patent preparation and prosecution.  Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Zelkind practiced law as a founding member of Zelkind & Shackelford LLP.  He became partner in 2008. Boris is editor and contributor to the firm's Litigation Blog.


  • DePaul University - College of Law (J.D. 1994)
  • University of Minnesota (B.S. Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics 1991)
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