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Knobbe Martens Receives Top IP Recognition from the Legal 500

Monday, June 11, 2018


Knobbe Martens is once again recognized in The Legal 500 “United States Guide.”  The annual directory of the top legal service providers worldwide recognized the firm’s outstanding legal work in four intellectual property categories: Patent Licensing, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings), and Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing).  The guide distinguished the firm for its “representation of clients seeking to enter new markets, in particular in the medical device, computer, electronics and chemical industries. With an impressive track record in district court, PTAB and appellate representation, the group often profits from its close collaboration with its prosecution practice.”  

In addition, fifteen partners were highlighted in the publication’s editorial, each for their significant achievements based on in-depth market research by a team of qualified journalists and lawyers, along with feedback from peers and clients.  The Legal 500 described the firm’s attorneys as able to “deliver an ‘outstanding level of service’ and understand their ‘clients’ products on a deep level’.”

For detailed rankings and descriptions of each of the firm’s areas of recognition, click on the category links below:

Patent Licensing

Michael L. Fuller
Eric Furman
Lori Yamato

Patent Litigation

Brent R. Babcock
Joseph Cianfrani
Jon Gurka
Joseph Re
John Sganga
Bill Zimmerman

Patent Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

Brent R. Babcock
Michael L. Fuller
John King
Salima Merani, Ph.D.
Gerard von Hoffmann

Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Susan M. Natland
Diane M. Reed
Jeff Van Hoosear


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


Nicholas Gaffney 415-732-7801

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...
Joe Cianfrani is the chair of the firm’s litigation practice. For the last 20 years he has successfully represented the firm’s clients in high-stakes intellectual­ property disputes...
Eric S. Furman, Ph.D. focuses on patent protection and other forms of intellectual property protection for biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Eric's practice...
Mike Fuller is a technology enthusiast and widely regarded for his expertise in obtaining, licensing, and managing due diligence on patents involving molecular biology and computer...
Jon W. Gurka is a partner in our Orange County office.  Mr. Gurka has a broad intellectual property litigation practice, having handled cases involving patent, trademark, trade dress...
John R. King is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office.  Mr. King’s practice is concentrated in strategic counseling, licensing, and patent procurement for both early stage 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...
Diane M. Reed is a partner in our Orange County office. Ms. Reed focuses her practice on licensing, distribution, development, manufacturing agreements, domestic and international...
An experienced and proven advocate and trial lawyer, John Sganga has spent over three decades successfully and exclusively litigating intellectual property and technology disputes....
Jeffrey L. Van Hoosear focuses on international trademark and unfair competition matters.  His practice also includes domestic and foreign trademark selection and clearance, trademark...
Gerard von Hoffmann focuses on client practice in the medical device industry including offensive and defensive competitive strategies, infringement studies, financings, strategic...
Lori Lee Yamato's practice includes preparing and negotiating intellectual property agreements, including licenses and assignments of patents, trademarks and technology, trademark...
Having served as lead counsel in over 100 pharmaceutical litigations, including cases involving “blockbuster” drugs like Lipitor and Nexium, William R. Zimmerman is widely recognized...
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