Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Bryan W. Wahl, M.D.

Bryan W. Wahl, M.D.


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of California - Berkeley School of Law
  • M.D. University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Bryan W. Wahl is a partner in our Orange County office. He focuses on intellectual property protection, infringement studies, and due diligence for financings and strategic transactions especially with respect to medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, and has counseled clients from the pre-Series A stage through exit. Dr. Wahl has represented clients in a variety of technical fields including aesthetic, bariatric, cardiovascular, gynecologic, imaging, neuromodulation, ophthalmic, orthopedic, and pulmonary devices, as well as wearable medical devices. 

He has been involved in, as some examples, the intellectual property strategy and acquisitions of the following clients:

  • CoreValve, Inc. (acquired by Medtronic, Inc. for $700 M)
  • OrthoScan, Inc. (acquired by ATON GmbH)
  • Embrella Cardiovascular, Inc. (acquired by Edwards Lifesciences for $43 M)
  • Sapheon, Inc. (acquired by Covidien for $238 M)
  • Interface Catheter Solutions (acquired by Nitinol Devices & Components)

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Wahl entered medical school after one undergraduate year, and received his medical degree with honors from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1999.  He completed an internal medicine residency in the UCLA-affiliated Cedars-Sinai Medical Center program in Los Angeles in 2002, and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  Dr. Wahl earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2005.  In law school, he received three American Jurisprudence Awards, two Prosser Awards, and the Barbee Fellowship, researching conflicts of interest of hospital institutional review boards, and also was a summer extern for the Honorable Ronald T.Y. Moon, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Dr. Wahl joined the firm in 2005. In 2012, he was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top 20 under 40 attorneys in California. Dr. Wahl was also named by the Daily Journal in both 2012 and 2013 as one of the top 25 Intellectual Property Portfolio Managers in California, as well as one of the top 100 intellectual property attorneys in California. In addition, he was recognized by The Recorder in its 2012 inaugural listing of 50 Lawyers on the Fast Track, as a Rising Star by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association in 2013, and as a Southern California Rising Star in intellectual property law in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 surveys of his peers, featured in Los Angeles and Super Lawyers magazine, as well as a 2016 and 2017 Southern California Up-and-Coming 100 Rising Star and Orange County Up-and-Coming 25 Rising Star. In 2013, Super Lawyers magazine also highlighted Dr. Wahl in a special supplement entitled "My Lawyer, the Doctor."

In addition to his law practice at the firm, Dr. Wahl also continues to practice inpatient internal medicine as a hospitalist, caring for patients on the wards and in the ICU.

Clerk Experience

Summer extern to the Honorable Ronald T.Y. Moon, Chief Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court, 2003.


  • University of California - Berkeley School of Law (J.D. 2005), Barbee Fellowship in Law and Medicine; American Jurisprudence Awards in Healthcare Law, Technology & Policy, and International Law; Prosser Awards in Evidence and Professional Responsibility
  • University of Hawaii - John A. Burns School of Medicine (M.D. 1999), Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Appleton & Lange Outstanding Medical Student Award, Pacific-Asian Merit Scholarship, E.E. Black Community Service Award
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