Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Effective patent protection requires insight into a business's goals, as well as the evolving areas of patent law.

Eli A. Loots, Ph.D.


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of California - Berkeley School of Law
  • Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California - Berkeley
  • B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas

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

Professional Profile 

Dr. Loots is a partner in the San Francisco office. His practice focuses on client counseling, opinion and due diligence work, and patent preparation and prosecution in the chemical and molecular biology arts.  He is also a member of the firm’s Post-Grant Proceedings group and has assisted clients in developing IPR strategies in the biotechnology space. 

Dr. Loots assists startup companies in developing their core IP portfolios and mapping paths for their core products to proceed through the various patent landscapes that are relevant to their technological areas. Dr. Loots also actively manages and assists Fortune 500 companies with managing and developing strategies for their key technologies. Dr. Loots also represents clients in diagnostics, stem cell technologies, medical devices, next generation sequencing, amplification technologies, and the large molecule space (including antibodies and protein engineering). 

Dr. Loots obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from U.C. Berkeley, with an emphasis on neuroscience and biophysics. His research focused on the structure/function relationship of ion channel gating and involved engineering various ion channels so that various fluorescent probes could be attached to observe the structural rearrangements of the ion channel as it passed through its various states. Dr. Loots attended Boalt Hall (U.C. Berkeley) for his law degree and has an undergraduate degree in chemistry.


  • University of California - Berkeley School of Law (J.D. 2003), Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Certificate
  • University of California - Berkeley (Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology 2000), Alan J. Bearden Award (outstanding dissertation)
  • University of Arkansas (B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry 1996), cum laude, Dean's List, State Undergraduate Research Fellowship
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