Knobbe Martens Receives Firm and Individual Star Recognition from Legal Media Group (LMG)

Knobbe Martens has once again been recognized by Legal Media Group (LMG) in their 2018 LMG Life Sciences rankings. The firm was “highly recommended” for Patent Prosecution, Patent Strategy & Management and Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation (Generic). The firm was also recognized in the General Patent Litigation category.

Thirteen of the firm’s partners were named “Life Sciences Stars” in LMG’s annual rankings, including:

Dan Altman, Mike Fuller, Christy Lea, Sabing Lee, Joseph Mallon, Ph.D., Salima Merani, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, Ph.D., Joseph Re, Joseph Reisman, Ph.D., John Sganga, Sheila Swaroop, Gerard von Hoffmann, and William Zimmerman.

In the publication, the firm’s litigation group was described by clients as “cost-effective” and able to “deliver results”. Pharmaceutical clients have commended the firm’s ability to apply business strategy to patent litigation and described attorneys as “consistent in advising clients’ best interests in regards to settlement”. As the firm’s co-chair of the Hatch-Waxman and Life Sciences practice groups, William Zimmerman was noted for developing a national reputation as a litigator for generic drug makers and for his recent success in dismissing all claims of patent infringement against client Lupin Pharmaceuticals. Bill was praised for being “a highly experienced litigator, who can always be relied on to give solid, practical advice”. Firm litigator, Joseph Re, was also highlighted for bringing “more than three decades of experience as an IP attorney, and [being] well-versed in handling jury trials and Federal Circuit appeals”.

The firm’s patent prosecution and strategy team was described by the publication as being able to “set a high standard in thoughtful communication, both in understanding [client] needs and sharing relevant knowledge.” Biotechnology practice group chair Michael Fuller was recognized for the first time as a “Life Sciences Star” for his skill as an advisor to life sciences clients related to portfolio management, due diligence and licensing agreements. One client stated, Mike “knows the field and is great at communicating”. Dr. Salima Merani, lead counsel and patent strategist for life sciences clients in a series of successful high-stakes deals, received the California “Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year” award for the second time by LMG Life Sciences.

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About Knobbe Martens

Knobbe Martens is a law firm that has been practicing exclusively in the area of intellectual property law for over five decades. Knobbe Martens focuses on all aspects of intellectual property and technology law including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, rights of publicity, client counseling, due diligence, and related litigation and licensing.

The firm is comprised of close to 275 lawyers and scientists, with over 100 working in life science fields. The combination of law and deep technical knowledge makes Knobbe Martens attorneys uniquely qualified to represent a diverse array of clients in a broad spectrum of intellectual property matters. The firm is internationally recognized across the spectrum of life science disciplines and is considered an authority on related intellectual property issues. More information about the firm can be found at

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