Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Karoline Delaney


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of California - Los Angeles School of Law
  • A.M. Chemistry, Harvard University
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of California - Santa Cruz

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

Professional Profile 

Karoline A. Delaney is a partner in our Orange County office.  She focuses in patent protection and technology licensing for the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage packaging, nanotechnology, and medical device industries.

Ms. Delaney’s practice includes patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, technology licensing, general counseling on patent infringement and validity issues, and intellectual property due diligence studies and related counseling.  Ms. Delaney’s practice also focuses on issues relating to foreign and international patents.

Ms. Delaney currently represents clients in a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, medical devices including catheter-based devices and radiation delivery devices, food and beverage packaging, medical adhesives, and environmental technologies including recycling and bioremediation. She also represents a number of foreign law firms in procuring U.S. patent protection for their clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Delaney worked as a chemist in Pharmacia’s ophthalmic division, where she was responsible for analytical chemistry support of quality control and research and development, including operating the chromatography and spectroscopy labs and founding the NMR lab.  Ms. Delaney also supervised programs relating to chemical waste management and laboratory health and safety.

Ms. Delaney joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2003.


  • University of California - Los Angeles School of Law (J.D. 1997), Chief Managing Editor of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
  • Harvard University (A.M. Chemistry 1990), Research related to metalloenzymes, including carbon monoxide dehydrogenase
  • University of California - Santa Cruz (B.S. Chemistry 1987), Senior thesis research related to synthesis of a synthetic analogue of the metal binding center of the glycopeptide antibiotic bleomycin
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