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The Daily Journal Names Five Knobbe Martens Partners Among California’s “Top IP Attorneys for 2016”

Friday, August 19, 2016


Knobbe Martens, one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms, is pleased to announce that partners Brent Babcock, Salima Merani, Ph.D., Susan Natland, Joseph Re, and John Sganga have been selected by the Daily Journal for inclusion in its annual ranking of the “Top IP Attorneys in California.” This year, only 76 IP attorneys statewide were selected for this prestigious honor.

Brent Babcock heads the Knobbe Martens USPTO Trials and Post-Grant Proceedings practice group. He has been involved in more than 35 patent interferences and many reexaminations during the past twenty years, as well as more than 90 recent Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Salima Merani, Ph.D. has been consistently recognized in the industry for her unique ability to not only build impressive global patent and trademark portfolios, but also to negotiate high stakes deals for her clients.  In just the last three years, she has been lead IP counsel in deals valued at over $1 billion. 

Susan Natland focuses on representing high-profile clients to protect their valuable brand assets.  She has counseled numerous clients on trademark selection, protection, licensing and enforcement, including litigation, and has even personally attended raids of counterfeit goods factories in China.  She also handles copyright and rights of publicity protection and enforcement, as well as emerging data protection and privacy issues related to IP.

Joseph Re is a nationally recognized trial attorney and appellate specialist and recipient of numerous awards for winning high-stakes patent cases before juries throughout the United States. Recently, he served as lead trial counsel in a jury trial resulting in a $466 million jury award for firm client Masimo Corp., the largest IP jury verdict of 2014.

John Sganga has practiced IP litigation for over 30 years, and as Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, he oversees a wide variety of IP suits.  In 2015, he successfully led a trial team at the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) resulting in an exclusion order under both of his client’s asserted patents, first-chaired a trade secret misappropriation case to a $70 million jury verdict in Boston, and won all three of his Federal Circuit appeals.

The Daily Journal names attorneys to the lists based on a number of criteria including hundreds of nominations and staff selections, along with consideration of each nominee’s major intellectual property successes over the last year. This is the fifth year in a row Dr. Merani has been recognized and the fourth year in a row for Mr. Re.


About Knobbe Martens

With over 300 lawyers and scientists nationwide, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property law including litigation.  Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms worldwide, Knobbe Martens serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages.  Headquartered in Orange County, California, Knobbe Martens also has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  More information about the firm can be found at


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Meet the Knobbe Martens Attorneys

Brent Babcock represents high-technology clients in every aspect of intellectual property disputes, focusing on federal district court litigation throughout the country, trials and...
Salima A. Merani, Ph.D. has nearly 18 years of experience in building patent portfolios for life sciences companies, including several medtech and biotech companies. She also has...
Susan Natland advises on all aspects of domestic and international brand protection and enforcement, advertising law, unfair competition, copyright, and data privacy and security...
Mr. Re is a nationally recognized trial and appellate attorney, having handled high-stakes technology cases in federal courts throughout the country for over thirty years. Mr. Re's...
An experienced and proven advocate and trial lawyer, John Sganga has spent over three decades successfully and exclusively litigating intellectual property and technology disputes....
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