Knobbe Martens Partner Salima Merani, Ph.D. Named to The Recorder’s “Women Leaders in Tech Law” List

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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP is pleased to announce that The Recorder has recognized partner Salima Merani, Ph.D. in the 2016 “Women Leaders in Tech Law” list. For the third year, Dr. Merani was among 65 California lawyers selected. Honorees were selected by editors of The Recorder based on their recent accomplishments and their demonstrated ability to lead in major cases and deals within the tech industry.

Dr. Merani has been lead IP counsel in technology deals valued at well over a billion dollars in just the past three years and has been consistently ranked top in the industry for building global patent and trademark portfolios and negotiating high stakes deals for both US and international clients. She is considered one of the “go-to” tech lawyers in the life sciences field, representing both tech start-ups and tech venture capitalists in complex biotechnology and medtech deals. Tech entrepreneurs credit Dr. Merani’s unique combination of an undergraduate genetics degree, neuroscience Ph.D. and Berkeley law degree – and her proactive legal strategy – as a key factor in their companies’ growth and success.

Dr. Merani is a recipient of numerous awards this year, including being ranked in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide “Life Sciences: IP” category; Lawyer Monthly Magazine’s “2016 Women in Law Awards” as “2016 Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year”; Intellectual Asset Management’s “The World’s Leading Patent Professionals” Guide; the exclusive 2016 winner of the “Client Choice Award” by International Law Office, as well as additional accolades from the National Law Journal, The Daily Journal, Diversity and The Bar, and The Legal 500. Publications and clients have recognized Dr. Merani as "a great strategic advisor with a proven track record of success and innovation", "a favorite of venture capitalists" and "transactional cognoscenti".

Dr. Merani served as Vice Chair of an American Intellectual Property Law Association committee, including assignment to a special task force on new laws. She is also a founding member of the firm’s USPTO Trials and Post Grant Proceedings Committee, previously the Interference and Derivation Committee.

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