The Daily Journal Names Four Knobbe Martens Partners as California’s “Top IP Lawyers for 2018”

Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce that partners Salima Merani, Ph.D., Douglas Muehlhauser, Joseph Re, and John Sganga have been selected by the Daily Journal for inclusion in its annual ranking of the “Top IP Lawyers in California.” This year, only 75 IP attorneys statewide were selected for this prestigious honor.

Salima Merani, Ph.D. has over 18 years of experience building extensive global patent portfolios for medtech, biotech, and biopharma companies.  Salima’s in-depth experience, as well as her background in genetics and her doctorate in neuroscience, makes her highly sought after as a strategic advisor for both emerging-growth companies and investment firms in the healthcare field.  She has successfully conducted and defended patent due diligence for multiple US and international companies and venture capitalists, and has led IP deals valued at over $1 billion in just the last few years.

Douglas Muehlhauser’s practice focuses on patent litigation, including trials and appeals, particularly over subject matters involving computer hardware and software, computer networking, laboratory instrumentation and medical devices. Recently, he scored a comeback win in a precedential reversal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a case involving big players in the wireless audio industry for client One-E-Way.

Joseph Re is a nationally recognized trial attorney and appellate specialist, winning numerous high-stakes technology cases before juries and appellate courts throughout the United States. He serves as lead counsel for long-time client and patient monitoring leader, Masimo Corp., enforcing their extensive patient monitoring patent portfolio for the last 20 years, garnering verdicts and settlements worth billions of dollars.

John Sganga is a highly regarded and accomplished trial lawyer who has spent over three decades successfully and exclusively litigating IP and technology disputes. He represents clients from a wide variety of industries in all types of IP disputes, and has diverse experience litigating cases through bench and jury trials, appeals, arbitrations, ITC and PTAB proceedings. John has secured victories for both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes technology litigation cases of over $100 million.

The Daily Journal selects attorneys for 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.

About Knobbe Martens

Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms in the nation and worldwide, Knobbe Martens has over 275 lawyers and scientists nationwide and dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, including litigation. Knobbe Martens serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages. The firm is headquartered in Orange County, California, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and enjoys an international reputation for excellence. More information about the firm can be found at


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