Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law



As both the world’s fastest-growing economy and consumer market, China has evolved from a center of manufacturing to a home of diversified multinational corporations.

Today, many Chinese companies are realizing the benefits of establishing IP rights in the U.S., because the U.S. economy is built upon a legal system adapted for upholding private property rights, especially those regarding intellectual property.  

Knobbe Martens has a long history of helping Chinese and other Asia-Pacific clients successfully navigate the constant change in U.S. IP law on legislative, administrative and judicial fronts.  Likewise, we also represent U.S.-based technology and life science companies seeking to leverage their homegrown IP into the China market.


  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Unfair competition
  • False advertising
  • Licensing and technology transfer
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Litigation


  • Electronics
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Telecommunications
  • Cloud and Mobile Computing
  • Security
  • Social Media
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Financial Services
  • Robotics
  • Autonomous vehicles and drones


  • Over a dozen Chinese-speaking attorneys and professionals with backgrounds in electrical engineering, computer science, bioengineering, chemical engineering, physics, biology and chemistry.
  • A team of attorneys, paralegals and other personnel experienced in cross-border legal, language and cultural issues. 
  • Extensive practice in patent, trademark, industrial design, and copyright registration and enforcement.
  • Deep insight into the interplay between U.S. and Chinese IP law from decades-long relationships with top-tier Chinese firms.


  • We regularly conduct joint U.S.-China Symposiums, with the leadership of the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), on behalf of the U.S. Bar/SIPO Liaison Council, led by an executive team including Knobbe counsel Andrew Schwaab. Read More >>
  • Partner John M. Carson is a Founder and former Co-Chairman of the Asian Pacific Committee (APC) within AIPPI-US—the world’s leading international organization dedicated to the development and improvement of legal regimes for the protection of intellectual property. Read More >>
  • We've been named by Managing IP magazine as one of the top 10 firms in the world for international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings. Read More >>
  • We provide California early-stage companies at start-up accelerators, like Plug and Play, with basic guidelines on establishing and enforcing cross-border IPRs.


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