Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Irfan Lateef


At a Glance

  • J.D. Georgetown University
  • M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • B.S.E. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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 - Southern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Irfan A. Lateef serves clients around the globe with intellectual property matters, with particular emphasis in high stakes patent litigation.  He appears regularly before federal district courts throughout the country and has extensive experience before the International Trade Commission in Section 337 proceedings.  Irfan has obtained significant awards for plaintiffs and also efficiently defended his clients’ interests.  He has succeeded at all levels of litigation including early settlement, motions for summary judgment, jury verdicts, and appeals.

Irfan is also a registered patent attorney.  He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technologies, including e-commerce, computer software, and medical devices.  He also represents clients in other intellectual property matters including those involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, trade dress and copyrights, with cases in areas such as electronics, semiconductors, biometric authentication, software, medical devices, and prosthesis technology.

Before joining the firm, he worked as a consultant to Baxter Healthcare in its Biotech division from 1995 to 1996.  At Baxter Healthcare, Irfan helped design and test automated systems for the collection of apheresis products including cellular blood components, plasma intended for transfusion and plasma intended for further processing.


  • Georgetown University (J.D. 1999)
  • Northwestern University (M.S. Biomedical Engineering 1996), Cabell Fellow
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S.E. Electrical Engineering 1993), Graduated with highest honors and Bronze Tablet distinction, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
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