Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Catherine Holland
I love the diversity of my clients. From the tallest to the smallest, each has a protectible identity.

Catherine Holland


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law
  • B.A. English, University of Notre Dame

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth 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

Professional Profile 

Catherine J. Holland is experienced in all aspects of domestic and international trademark, unfair competition and copyright matters.

Her practice includes domestic and foreign trademark selection and clearance, trademark procurement and prosecution, inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), intellectual property audits, intellectual property licensing, franchising, domain name disputes, counterfeit goods and customs, copyrights, entertainment law, rights of publicity, and trademark and copyright enforcement and litigation.

Catherine represents clients in a wide range of industries, including the nutritional supplement, software, hardware, motor vehicle, medical device, skincare and aesthetic, fashion and apparel, publishing, entertainment, music, financial, restaurant, and food and beverage industries.

Representative clients include Nutrishop, Paris Blues, Fairtrade Organization, Hockey Monkey, Cutera, Teacher Created Materials, Jean d'Arcel and Robert Lamy. For many years she has represented an international manufacturer of motor vehicles.

In surveys conducted by EuroMoney's Legal Media Group, Catherine was named one of the “World's Leading Trademark Practitioners.” She has also been awarded the title “Super Lawyer” in surveys of her peers conducted by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers magazine. This recognition is limited to only five percent of lawyers in Southern California.  In 2009, Catherine was named one of Orange County’s Top Lawyers by OC Metro magazine. 

Catherine is an editor and contributor for the firm's Fashion & Beauty Blog. Catherine joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1991.


  • University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D. 1987)
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A. English 1983), University of Innsbruck Austria (1980-81), Dean's List, Andrews Scholar
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