Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Global Portfolio Management

Knobbe Martens offers the skill, knowledge and resources necessary to handle global IP assets in a fast-moving economy. We coordinate with an extensive network of trusted colleagues to implement patent protection strategies worldwide, relying on our breadth and depth of experience. 

Our attorneys have developed strong partnerships with local counsel and proficiency in local practices around the world. This insight allows us to meet international business goals while maintaining consistency and reducing overall costs of patent prosecution. Leveraging our knowledge of expedited examination programs, we can often streamline the prosecution process. No issue is too complex, or demand too great — we have handled portfolios across industries, for growing startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

Clients are encouraged to file patent applications overseas when seeking to market their products in other countries, to attract investment from a global partner or government, license IP rights to a global company, or increase the value of their portfolio. By filing abroad, U.S. companies can also prevent competitors from supplying a foreign market. We review our clients’ options with a critical eye toward developing highly tailored, long-term strategies. Even prior to deciding to file abroad, applications are drafted with an eye towards the laws of other jurisdictions.    

In addition to helping U.S. businesses protect, enforce, and license their intellectual property abroad, we partner with international companies to file and prosecute patents in the U.S. — often serving as their primary patent counsel. Working both directly and through their local counsel, we help our international clients understand the nuances of U.S. laws, and ultimately maximize the value of their IP assets for years to come.

Knobbe Martens attorneys hail from around the world, and bring with them knowledge of local practices and relationships with local counsel. Our attorneys have diverse cultural backgrounds and combined speak over 20 foreign languages.

Our attorneys have experience in all areas of global portfolio management, including: 

  • Laws, rules, and procedures for foreign patent offices (e.g., EPO, JPO, SIPO, KIPO, APO, CIPO)
  • Claim strategies specific to each jurisdiction
  • Maintaining divisional application opportunities
  • Opposition and other contentious proceedings
  • Utility models and other non-utility patent options
  • Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)
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