Twenty-Two Knobbe Martens’ Attorneys Named “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” by Intellectual Asset Magazine

The 2018 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 guide recognized Knobbe Martens for its leading transactional, prosecution, and litigation practices. The IAM Patent 1000 – the World’s Leading Patent Professional recognizes the top patent professionals around the globe. The firm once again received a “highly recommended” rating for patent prosecution work in California and a “silver tier” ranking for litigation.

The publishers of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine noted that the “depth of the trial bench at Knobbe [Martens] is more impressive than people give firm credit for,” highlighting that Jon Gurka and John Sganga “can litigate any IP case and emerge victorious.” The publishers also noted that nationally recognized litigator, Joseph Re, is a top trial lawyer and a leading appellate advocate. Interviewees commented that Knobbe Martens is a firm that “not only does fantastic work but can always find a natural fit for whatever technology [needs to be] patented.” Other interviewees indicated that Knobbe Martens is a “big player on the block in California” and “an extraordinary firm [that] shines for its technical prowess and legal acumen, all while being very service-minded.” The firm was particularly recognized in the guide for being “formidable in the medical device industry” and running “the largest specialized team in the country.”

In addition to the firm recognition, a selection of partners were honored as “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2018”:


Adeel Akhtar, Maria Anderson, Michael Fuller, Salima Merani, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, Ph.D., Mauricio Uribe, and Gerard von Hoffmann


Adeel Akhtar, Maria Anderson, Mark Benedict, Ph.D., John Carson, John King, Eli Loots, Ph.D., Joseph Mallon, Ph.D., Salima Merani, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, Ph.D., Joseph Reisman, Ph.D., Ron Schoenbaum, Melanie Seelig, Mauricio Uribe, and Gerard von Hoffmann


Jon Gurka, Irfan Lateef, Carol Pitzel Cruz, Joseph Re, John Sganga, Karen Vogel Weil, and Bill Zimmerman

The IAM Patent 1000 rankings are based on five months of research and more than 1,500 telephone interviews with attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. The IAM Patent 1000 identifies the leading law firms in the market based on the depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged. To view the full guide, visit IAM magazine at

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

Contact: Nicholas Gaffney 415-732-7801