Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Nathanael Luman, Ph.D.


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of San Diego - School of Law
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Boston University
  • B.S. Chemistry, Grove City College

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

Professional Profile 

Nathanael R. Luman, Ph.D., represents chemical and pharmaceutical companies in intellectual property matters. He is actively involved in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  In addition, he has litigated cases under the Hatch-Waxman Act and counseled generic pharmaceutical companies with respect to the Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) process. 

Nate develops patent portfolios for companies.  His expertise includes strategic patent procurement, analyzing third-party patents, conducting due diligence studies, and preparing opinions on patent validity and freedom-to-operate issues.

In 2012, Nate served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. He worked on numerous patent litigation cases during his clerkship.

He is admitted to the State Bar of California and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his law degree, with honors, from the University of San Diego School of Law. 

Nate earned his doctoral degree in chemistry from Boston University, where his work involved the synthesis and characterization of biodegradable molecules and macromolecules. His research has been published in a variety of scientific journals, including The Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organic Letters, and Pure & Applied Chemistry.  

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Marilyn L. Huff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • University of San Diego - School of Law (J.D. 2010), cum laude
  • Boston University (Ph.D. Chemistry 2006)
  • Grove City College (B.S. Chemistry 2000), cum laude
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