Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
I win when my clients win.

Michelle Armond


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of California - Berkeley School of Law
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • 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. District Court - District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Michelle is a Partner and Co-Chair of Knobbe Martens' PTAB Trials practice group specializing in U.S. Patent Office litigation, intellectual property litigation, and appeals. Her practice includes inter partes review and contested proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB); patent, copyright, and trademark infringement lawsuits in federal court; and appeals of those cases to the Federal Circuit. She has successfully represented both patent owners and patent challengers as both lead counsel and second chair in these technical and complex disputes.

Michelle is a technical litigator.  She is a Caltech-trained electrical engineer and registered patent attorney. Michelle has handled disputes involving a wide array of technologies and products, including consumer electronics, integrated circuits, telecommunications, storage devices, power electronics, computer software, medical devices, artistic works, home décor, and toys. 

Michelle’s litigation successes have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Intellectual Property Today, the Daily Journal, and Law360.  She has been consistently recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation since 2009 and as one of Southern California’s Top Women Attorneys since 2012.

Michelle received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and in history from the California Institute of Technology. After law school, Michelle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.

She frequently lectures and teaches courses covering advanced Federal Circuit appellate patent law for the nationally recognized Patent Resources Group.


  • University of California - Berkeley School of Law (J.D. 2003), Boalt Hall Certificate in Law & Technology, California Law Review - Articles Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal - Articles Editor
  • California Institute of Technology (B.S. Electrical Engineering 2000), with honor
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