Knobbe Martens Again Recognized for Top IP Performance by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 “United States Guide” for 2020 has recognized Knobbe Martens for its exceptional work in five intellectual property categories: Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings); Patents: licensing; Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing); Patents: litigation (full coverage); and Trademarks: litigation.

The guide described Knobbe Martens as a “litigation heavyweight,” “well versed in the development of patent portfolio strategies for companies at different growth stages,” and as standing out “through the depth of its bench and the corresponding breadth of technologies on which the firm offers in-depth expertise.”

One client surveyed for the guide praised attorneys’ tremendous knowledge and adaptability to the changing patent law landscape in the U.S.” and another said attorneys are “top-notch, dedicated, committed, and strive to bring the best possible work product every single day,” noting that “the Knobbe Martens relationship is at the top of my list for the level of quality, value, commitment, and overall client satisfaction.”

In addition to firm-wide rankings, Partner Salima Merani, Ph.D. was identified as a Leading Lawyer for both Patent Prosecution and Patent Licensing. Lauded by clients as “a doyen of med tech IP,” “SoCal’s go-to patent partner for medical devices,” and “one of the top 3 outside counsels I’ve ever worked with,” Merani has nearly two decades of experience aiding clients in building their portfolios, and has in recent years served as lead IP counsel in deals valued at over two billion dollars.

In addition to Merani, other Knobbe Martens partners highlighted in this year’s guide include Michael Christensen, Adam Gilbert, Steven Nataupsky, Susan Natland, Joseph Re, John Sganga, Jeff Van Hoosear, Gerard von Hoffmann, Lynda Zadra-Symes, and new partners Jessica Achtsam, Jeremy Anapol, Charlene Azema, Vikas Bhargava, Morgan Coates, Scott Cromar, Kendall Loebbaka, Jonathan Menkes, David Schmidt, and Harnik Shukla.

Detailed rankings and descriptions of each of the firm’s areas of recognition can be found at the links below:

Patent Licensing

Trademarks: Non-Contentious

Patent Litigation

Trademarks: Litigation

About Knobbe Martens

Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms in the nation and worldwide, Knobbe Martens has close to 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