Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Gerard von Hoffmann
A new therapy will never reach patients unless you fund it. And you will never fund it unless you get the IP right

Gerard von Hoffmann


At a Glance

  • Coursework in Patent Law LLM Program, The George Washington University Law School
  • J.D. University of San Diego - School of Law
  • Coursework in International law, University of Oxford
  • B.A. Chemistry, Rice University and Occidental College

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Gerard von Hoffmann focuses on client practice in the medical device industry including offensive and defensive competitive strategies, infringement studies, financings, strategic transactions and patent prosecution. 

His technical experience involves a variety of cardiovascular inventions, including peripheral and coronary angioplasty, balloon expandable and self-expandable stents, absorbable stents, drug eluting coatings, intracranial access and procedures, drug delivery, abdominal aortic aneurysm grafts, transluminal mitral annuloplasty, left atrial appendage occlusion devices, intravascular brachytherapy, rotational atherectomy, steerable angioplasty guidewires, and a variety of additional diagnostic and therapeutic devices and procedures. 

He has been involved in a variety of orthopedic device projects, including ultrasonic total hip revision devices, bone fracture fixation devices, and various devices and procedures relating to the spine, including spinal fusion, mobility preservation, access, nucleotomy, spinal stenosis, and posterior instrumentation.

Gerard has also served on the Board of Directors of CardioVascular Dynamics, Inc. (angioplasty, drug delivery and related intravascular products), Radiance Medical Systems, Inc. (intravascular brachytherapy), Triage Medical, Inc. (orthopedic fixation devices), NeoMatrix, LLC (breast cancer screening), ValenTx, Inc. (implants for morbid obesity) and Osseon Therapeutics Inc. (unipedicular vertebroplasty). He also manages

Gerard was featured in The Legal 500 firm rankings editorial section for his focus on the medical device industry and recognized for assisting startup companies Claret Medical and Direct Flow Medical on building patent portfolios. 

Clerk Experience

Honorable Helen W. Nies, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1984 -1986


  • The George Washington University Law School (Coursework in Patent Law LLM Program 1986)
  • University of San Diego - School of Law (J.D. 1983), cum laude
  • University of Oxford (Coursework in International law 1982)
  • Rice University and Occidental College (B.A. Chemistry 1978)
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