Knobbe Martens Recognized for Outstanding IP Work by Legal 500

Knobbe Martens has once again been recognized for having one of the preeminent intellectual property practices in the United States by The Legal 500. In the publisher’s 2021 United States Guide, the firm was commended for outstanding work in five categories: Patent Prosecution, Patent Licensing, Patent Litigation, Trademark Non-Contentious, and Trademark Litigation.

The annual guide recognized Knobbe Martens for its multifaceted IP offerings, noting the firm “stands out through its deep bench.” Continuing its praise for the firm’s full-service expertise, the guide also recognized the firm as “able to prosecute patents in an exceedingly wide range of sectors,” and “particularly well known for its strong life sciences litigation practice,” among acknowledgement of its other areas of IP prowess.

Clients surveyed for the guide remarked that the firm’s “close client-focused working makes this team stand out from the crowd,” further noting that “the attorneys really understand their clients’ needs and put them at the forefront of their IP strategy advice.” Another client applauded the firm for its “amazing depth of knowledge on all things IP law,” calling it “a great place to handle your IP needs.”

Partner Salima Merani, Ph.D. was once again recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for her acumen in Patent Prosecution and Patent Licensing. Leading Lawyers are defined by the guide as the foremost market leaders, boasting exceptional and widespread recognition and endorsement from peers and clients alike.

Additionally, 21 other firm partners were highlighted in the 2021 guide, including: Joseph Cianfrani, Tom Cowan, Devanie DuFour, Justin Gillett, Jon Gurka, Chang Lim, Hans Mayer, Kimberly Miller, Kyu Min, Steven Nataupsky, Susan Natland, Ali Razai, Joseph Re, Joseph Reisman, John Sganga, Craig Summers, Rose Thiessen, Jeff Van Hoosear, Gerard von Hoffmann, Lynda Zadra-Symes, and William Zimmerman.

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

Patents: Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

Patents: Licensing

Patents: Litigation (full coverage)

Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Trademarks: Litigation

To produce the 2021 U.S. edition of The Legal 500, the publisher’s editorial and research teams solicited feedback from clients, conducted thousands of interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and reviewed submissions from law firms. You can learn more about the methodology and access all content relating to The Legal 500 U.S. 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