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Knobbe Martens and Nine Attorneys Recognized for Trademark Practice by World Trademark Review

Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce that the firm has again been recognized as a leader in trademark law by World Trademark Review (WTR), ranking “gold tier” in California, and “silver tier” nationally in the publication’s 2021 edition of World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. In addition to firm-wide recognition, nine attorneys were individually recognized for their outstanding trademark work—the most of any California firm.

The firm was hailed as being “rich in technology and brands know-how,” with “a deep trademark bench,” making it “one of the country’s elite all-round IP boutiques.” The report also commended the firm for its client satisfaction, writing “they meet and exceed the demands of emerging companies and Fortune 100s alike.”

WTR identifies and ranks top-level trademark firms and individuals in more than 80 jurisdictions through interviews, client feedback, written submissions, and recommendations from market sources. The “silver tier” ranking indicates that the firm is nationally renowned for its high-level work; the “gold tier” recognizes Knobbe Martens as an IP powerhouse in California, outperforming competitors in terms of high-profile clients, outside recognition and reputation.

The individual attorneys recognized include:

Michael Friedland, Co-Chair of the firm’s Trademark Protection and Brand Protection Litigation Group, described as a “backbone of the litigation practice,” and adept at litigating “cases associated with all categories of IP rights.”

Stacey Halpern, lauded as having “a deft touch when it comes to managing global portfolios.”

Catherine Holland, honored for “her intellectual processing power,” noting she “gets to grips with difficult problems fast; people call her up when they’re left scratching their heads.”

Jonathan Hyman, commended for having a “business-oriented mind,” which he applies to his prosecution and counselling work.

Susan Natland, Co-Chair of the firm’s Trademark and Brand Protection Group and Vice-Chair of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, recognized for her deep involvement in the practice and highlighting her “niche insight in data privacy.”

Ali Razai, described as a “seasoned” and “winning” litigator through all phases, as well as a “backbone of the litigation practice.”

Diane Reed, characterized as a “meticulous” attorney who “excels on the commercial aspects of intellectual property” and “undertakes extensive licensing and due diligence activities.”

Jeff Van Hoosear, highlighted as having an “intuitive grasp” on branding issues that arise in the various industries he serves, including fashion, sports and food.

Lynda Zadra-Symes, celebrated as a skilled litigator “through all phases of litigation,” with the ability to take on any IP case; also described as a “backbone of the litigation practice.”