Knobbe Martens Recognized as National Leader, 22 Attorneys Named “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” in 2020 IAM Patent 1000

Knobbe Martens and 22 partners in its California, Washington State and Washington, D.C. offices have been recognized this year as industry leaders in the newly released 2020 IAM Patent 1000 guide.

Nationally, the firm was recommended for patent prosecution. In California, Knobbe Martens was awarded a ranking for litigation, was one of only two firms to receive the highest rating for prosecution, and was recommended for its transactions work. In Washington State, the firm achieved recognition for litigation and prosecution, and was recommended for its transactions work.

Publishers of the guide described Knobbe Martens as “one of the most highly specialized patent outfits in the world” with “more than 180 registered patent attorneys who work with passion and pride in quality across all technologies and industries.” They praised the firm as “virtually unmatched for life sciences and medical device industry know-how” and for being “a dynamic force in competitor lawsuits.” A client, meanwhile, noted that Knobbe Martens’ diverse team of attorneys are “people you can trust with your most strategic cases and be confident of receiving consistently high-quality work and excellent results.”

The 22 partners were recognized for their exceptional work in the following areas:


California: Joseph Cianfrani, Jon Gurka, Irfan Lateef, Joseph Re, John Sganga and Kerry Taylor; Washington State: Carol Pitzel Cruz; Washington, D.C.: William Zimmerman


California: Daniel Altman, Adeel Akhtar, Michael Fuller, Eric Furman, Ph.D., John King, Eli Loots, Ph.D., Salima Merani, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, Ph.D., Joseph Reisman, Ph.D., and Gerard von Hoffmann; Washington State: Maria Anderson, Melanie Seelig and Mauricio Uribe


California: Adeel Akhtar, Michael Fuller, Salima Merani, Ph.D., Kimberly Miller, Ph.D., Rose Thiessen, Ph.D., and Gerard von Hoffmann; Washington State: Maria Anderson and Mauricio Uribe

Two Knobbe Martens attorneys were also ranked nationally: Joseph Re in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit category, and Kerry Taylor in the Post-Grant Proceedings category.

The IAM Patent 1000 rankings are based on nearly half a year of research and more than 1,800 interviews with attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the industry. The IAM Patent 1000 identifies the leading law firms in the market based on the depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically engaged. To view the full 2020 guide, click here.

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