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Three Partners Named to Benchmark Litigation “Under 40 Hot List”

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Three Partners Named to Benchmark Litigation “Under 40 Hot List”

Congratulations to Partners Michelle Armond, Jared Bunker, and Jonathan Bachand for being named leading litigation attorneys in Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 “Under 40 Hot List”.

Benchmark Litigation exclusively recognizes notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys under 40 years of age in the U.S., who at the partner level, have had a hand in the firm’s most recent significant cases and won praise from clients and peers for the exceptional quality of their work.

Michelle Armond was ranked a “40 & Under Litigator” for her practice in Intellectual Property and Appellate law. Michelle is co-chair of Knobbe Martens’ PTAB Litigation practice group and is a frequent invited speaker, teaching courses covering advanced Federal Circuit appellate patent law for the nationally recognized Patent Resources Group.  She led a recent appeal to the Federal Circuit, where she successfully represented Spectrum Brands, a global consumer products company and provider of the award-winning Kwikset® Kevo® Touch-to-Open™ smart lock that allows consumers to selectively provide access to their homes using their mobile phones. After a competitor, Assa Abloy, brought suit against her client in the Central District of California for patent infringement, Michelle and her team succeeded in getting IPR proceedings instituted. After a full trial, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a final decision holding 16 asserted patent claims unpatentable for obviousness. After successfully defending the judgment on appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed the favorable underlying decision, issuing a Rule 36 affirmance shortly after oral argument.

Jared Bunker, was recognized for his IP litigation work this past year where he successfully obtained a favorable settlement for his medical device client in a California federal district court.  In a second district court case and corresponding IPR matter for a medical diagnostic company, Jared also achieved successful results – the PTAB rejected institution on two asserted claims and affirmed the patentability of three other asserted claims. For these two matters, Jared had primary responsibility for the briefs, depositions and motions. As a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s PTO Pro Bono Program and Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, Jared has undertaken several pro bono cases. A recent one involved preparing and filing an appeal brief to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for a former active duty Marine and Air Force reservist who was denied certain benefit increases by the Veterans Administration.

Jonathan Bachand is partner in the Washington, D.C. office and was honored for his work in IP litigation representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He obtained a favorable and case dispositive ruling on Summary Judgment representing Lupin in a patent infringement action in the District of Maryland on patents relating to meloxicam (the active ingredient in Iroko’s Vivlodex® product.) He also helped successfully defend Fisher & Paykel Healthcare in an action before the International Trade Commission related to patient interfaces for sleep apnea therapy where the patentee unilaterally withdrew its complaint and terminated the investigation. Jon is a member of the firm’s pro bono committee and organizes Knobbe’s representation of American Service Veterans before the Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims. Jon has represented companies in all phases of the district court litigation and in 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. He also represents both patent owners and petitioners before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in inter partes review proceedings involving pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and chemical processing patents.

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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 close to 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 and Washington, D.C., and enjoys an international reputation for excellence.  More information about the firm can be found at


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Three Partners Named to Benchmark Litigation “Under 40 Hot List”
Jared Bunker is a litigation partner in the firm’s Orange County office.  Jared represents and counsels clients in intellectual property disputes relating to patents, trademarks,...
Three Partners Named to Benchmark Litigation “Under 40 Hot List”
Jon Bachand focuses his practice on helping companies protect their most important products and innovations. He represents various clients in all areas of intellectual property law...
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