Knobbe Martens and 15 Partners Recognized as Managing IP 2023 IP STARS

IRVINE, CALIF., June 28, 2023 – Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce that Managing IP (MIP) has recognized the firm’s life sciences practice giving it a “Tier 1” ranking and naming 15 of its partners as “2023 IP Stars” for their outstanding intellectual property work.

IP Stars are senior practitioners who have been recommended or identified as leaders in their firm and/or jurisdiction. The 15 partners recognized as “2023 IP Stars” include:

Maria Anderson (Patent Star)

Jon Gurka (Patent Star)

Steve Jensen (Patent Star)

Christy Lea (Patent Star)

Sabing Lee (Patent Star)

Salima Merani, Ph.D. (Trademark Star, Transactions Star, Top 250 Women in IP)

Susan Natland (Trademark Star)

Carol Pitzel Cruz (Patent Star)

Ali Razai (Patent Star, Trademark Star)

Joseph Re (Patent Star)

Robert Roby (Patent Star, Trademark Star)

John Sganga (Patent Star)

Gerard von Hoffmann (Patent Star)

Lynda Zadra-Symes (Trademark Star)

William Zimmerman (Patent Star)

Earlier this year, the firm announced that it had received MIP’s highest ranking for its trademark prosecution and contentious practice in California.

Recognized as the most comprehensive, leading specialist guide worldwide, Managing IP’s IP STARS annual rankings are based on six months of research, which include analysis of firm-submitted and publicly available information, as well as market feedback and client interviews. This year's rankings cover multiple IP practice areas and more than 70 jurisdictions.

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