Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Carol Pitzel Cruz


At a Glance

  • J.D. The George Washington University Law School
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Washington

  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Carol Pitzel Cruz represents various clients in all aspects of intellectual property disputes, with a focus on patent litigation.  She is experienced in the area of pharmaceutical litigation, especially litigation involving Abbreviated New Drug Applications under the Hatch-Waxman Act. 

Carol earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Washington and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.  She is also a registered patent attorney.  Before law school, Carol worked in the biotechnology industry in Seattle, Washington in the areas of quality control, high-throughput drug screening and lab automation.

Carol has spoken at numerous conferences on the topic of IP related Biosimilars issues.


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D. 2002), honors
  • University of Washington (B.S. Chemistry 1996)
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