IAM 2023 Patent 1000 Guide Recognizes More Than Two Dozen Knobbe Martens Partners and Practices

IRVINE, CALIF., June 26, 2023 – Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce that 23 of the firm’s partners were recognized as leading patent professionals and ranked nationally or regionally in the 2023 edition of IAM’s Patent 1000 guide. This year, the firm saw three new partners added to the regional rankings. Additionally, the firm once again ranked highly in IP litigation, transactions and IP prosecution. 

The annual guide commended the firm as a “well-renowned firm with a wide range of technical expertise and patent capabilities,” and described its attorneys as leaders who are “trustworthy, highly capable and work openly and collaboratively as an extension of [their client’s] business to produce a high-quality work product.”

The publishers further praised the firm as “scarcely rivalled, with almost every member of its team having a technical degree.” It particularly highlighted the firm’s specialized life sciences practice, but noted the group covers all of the key industry areas.

The 23 partners recognized as “the world’s leading patent professionals” include:


Carol Pitzel Cruz, Jon Gurka, Colin Heideman, Irfan Lateef, Joseph Re, John Sganga, Sheila Swaroop, and William Zimmerman


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


Adeel Akhtar, Daniel Altman, Maria Anderson, Michael Fuller, Eric Furman, Ph.D., Jason Jardine, John King, Sabing Lee, Eli Loots, Ph.D., Salima Merani, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, Ph.D., Joseph Reisman, Ph.D., Melanie Seelig, Mauricio Uribe, and Gerard von Hoffmann

Additionally, Joseph Re was recognized nationally in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The annual IAM Patent 1000 rankings are compiled from nearly half a year of research and more than 1,800 interviews with patent attorneys, in-house counsel and clients 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 depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged. To view the firm’s full rankings and attorney profiles, click here.

About Knobbe Martens

Knobbe Martens is a highly respected intellectual property law firm, offering legal services in all aspects of intellectual property and technology law.  The firm’s litigation group handles cases throughout the U.S. and coordinates strategy for disputes worldwide. Founded in California in 1962, the firm has about 300 lawyers and scientists based in offices located in Orange County, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.  Knobbe Martens serves a diverse international client base, from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages. More information about the firm can be found at