Partner Douglas G. Muehlhauser Named an IP “Giant Slayer” by The Recorder

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Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce that partner Douglas G. Muehlhauser has been selected by The Recorder as one of just four intellectual property litigators to receive the “Giant Slayers” individual recognition featured as part of the publication’s annual “Litigation Department of the Year” awards.

Doug has extensive experience in patent litigation, including trials and appeals. His practice involves a wide variety of subject matter with particular focus on computer hardware and software, laboratory instrumentation and also medical devices, compounds and processes.

Doug was recognized as a lead attorney who prevailed against a larger, better resourced opponent for client One E-Way, Inc. in an ITC investigation.  The case involves two patents related to audio systems using particular wireless communication protocols, including Bluetooth technology. Doug and the Knobbe Martens team prosecuted the ITC investigation through discovery against a number of respondents, including Sony, Jabra, Jawbone, Sennheiser, BlueAnt and Creative Labs, some of the world’s largest sellers of wireless audio headphones, headsets and earpieces. The ITC granted summary judgment against One-E-Way, finding the patents invalid for indefiniteness.  The decision was reviewed and affirmed by the full Commission.  However, on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Doug and the Knobbe Martens team achieved a precedential decision in favor of One-E-Way in which the Federal Circuit reversed the ruling of the ITC.

Click here to see results in The Recorder highlighting Doug’s success in “scoring a comeback Federal Circuit win” against some of the giants in the wireless audio industry. Winners will be recognized at the Hilton San Francisco on November 16th.

About Knobbe Martens

Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms in the nation and worldwide, Knobbe Martens dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Knobbe Martens handles intellectual property litigation nationwide, including litigation at the district courts, the appellate courts, the PTAB and the ITC. Knobbe Martens has over 275 attorneys and scientists, including over 125 attorneys dedicated to intellectual property litigation.  The firm has offices in Orange County, California, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and enjoys an international reputation for excellence.  More information about the firm can be found at

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