Knobbe Martens and 21 Partners Recognized as IP Leaders in 2021 IAM Patent 1000 Guide

Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce that the firm and 21 partners have been recognized as industry leaders in the recently released 2021 edition of IAM’s Patent 1000 guide. Additionally, Knobbe Martens received a firm-wide ranking in three IP categories: litigation, transactions and prosecution.

The annual guide praised the firm as a “patent and IP powerhouse,” noting it is “virtually unsurpassed for prosecution, counselling and post-grant depth in the life sciences.” In addition to the life sciences work, the guide also singled out the firm’s team of litigators specifically, remarking that the “litigation offering is equally as sophisticated and well stocked with standout talent.” The publishers further commended the firm as a whole, writing it “fits the bill perfectly for companies in need of sophisticated and comprehensive IP counsel.”

The 21 individual attorneys recognized as “the world’s leading patent professionals” include:


Joseph Cianfrani, Carol Pitzel Cruz, Jon Gurka, Irfan Lateef, Joseph Re, John Sganga and Kerry Taylor


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, Eli Loots, Ph.D., Salima Merani, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, Ph.D., Joseph Reisman, Ph.D., Melanie Seelig, Mauricio Uribe, and Gerard von Hoffmann

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 full 2021 guide, click here.

About Knobbe Martens

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