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Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

About Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

From day one, Knobbe Martens has always looked toward tomorrow. Indeed, our founders recognized the need for highly specialized IP law long before IP became en vogue. Our continued success is a testament to their foresight, as well as the fact that we’ve remained on the cutting edge of the IP specialty, continually anticipating, acting, and employing innovative tactics and techniques at the highest level.

We’ve become leaders not because we wanted to be bigger, but because we strive to be better. As one of our founding partners Jim Bear said, “We have a ‘People Philosophy.’ We treat people with respect.” The result is an environment absolutely unique among large law firms. One where growth is achieved not through acquisition or hiring lateral attorneys, but by extensively training and investing in all new associates with the expectation that each will become a contributing partner.

A half century after we opened our first office in Orange County, we are one of the most trusted, most respected IP firms in the country—providing our clients with a rare combination of world-class talent and old-fashioned values. Which is something we’ll never outgrow.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1962 Number of Partners 120
Number of offices 7 Partner:associate ratio 0.90
Biggest office Irvine Percentage of women attorneys 14.80
Number of attorneys 265 Percentage of minority attorneys 21.10
Number of associates 141 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.80
Area of practice

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Copyrights
  • IP Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Opinions and Counseling
  • Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice and the Federal Circuit
  • Arbitration and Other ADR
  • Complex/Joint Defense Litigation
  • Consumer Electronics Litigation
  • Copyright and Design Patent Litigation
  • Hatch-Waxman Litigation
  • ITC Litigation
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • Nationwide Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Litigation
  • Trials
  • Patents
  • Patent Prosecution
  • USPTO Trials and Post Grant Proceedings
  • USPTO Ex Parte Patent Proceedings
  • Trademarks
  • Domain Name and Website Content Disputes
  • Trademark Application Prosecution
  • International Trademarks
  • TTAB Proceedings.
Awards and recognitions


Ranked Among Top 10 Overall Busiest Firms on Corporate Counsel "Patent Litigation Survey"
October 22, 2014 | Patent Litigation| National | Corporate Counsel
Named "Top IP Boutique Law Firm" by the Daily Journal
October 15, 2014 | Regional | Daily Journal
Named "Top Intellectual Property Law Firm in the US" by Lawyer Monthly Magazine
October 6, 2014 | National | Lawyer Monthly Magazine
Recognized in LMG "Life Sciences Survey"
July 31, 2014 | Hatch-Waxman Litigation | Patent Prosecution | Patent Strategy & Management | National | Legal Media Group (LMG)
Ranked in "The Legal 500 United States 2014" by The Legal 500
July 3, 2014 | Patent Licensing | Patent Litigation | Patent Prosecution | Trademarks | National |The Legal 500
Named IP: Patents - Non-Contentious Law Firm of the Year in The Legal 500 "Law Firm Awards" 2014
July 3, 2014 | Patents | National | The Legal 500
Named "IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year", "Biotechnology Law Firm of the Year", "Domestic Trademark Law Firm of the Year" and "IP Disputes Law Firm of the Year" for the United States in 2014 "Intellectual Property Awards" by Acquisition International
June 27, 2014 | Litigation | Biotechnology | Trademark | National | Acquisition International Magazine
Named "IP Licensing Law Firm of the Year" for Washington DC and "IP Prosecution Law Firm of the Year" for California in 2014 "Intellectual Property Awards" by Acquisition International
June 27, 2014 | Patents | Licensing | Regional | Acquisition International Magazine
Ranked Top 10 for Overall Diversity on AmLaw "Diversity Scorecard"
June 3, 2014 | Diversity | National | The American Lawyer
Ranked Nationally and in California and Seattle as a Leading Law Firm for Patent Prosecution, Litigation, and Licensing in IAM "Patent 1000 Guide"
June 2, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Licensing | IP Strategy | National | Regional | Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine
Ranked Among Top 10 Firms Nationwide for Obtaining Trademark Registrations in IP Today's "2014 Top Trademark Firms" List
May 27, 2014 | Trademarks | National | Intellectual Property Today (IP Today)
Recognized Nationally and Regionally in Managing IP's 2014 "IP Handbook"
May 14, 2014 | Bio Life Sciences | Patent Contentious | Patent Prosecution | Trademark Contentious | Trademark Prosecution | National | Regional | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)
Ranked Top Intellectual Property Firm in 2014 "Best Law Firms" Practice Area Rankings
May 08, 2014 | Vault
Ranked Among Top 10 Firms Nationwide for Number of Utility Patents Issued in IP Today's 2014 "Top Patent Firms" List
April 1, 2014 | Patents | National | Intellectual Property Today (IP Today)
Named National Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year, National IP Specialty Firm of the Year and Regional Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year in Managing IP 2014 "North America Awards"
March 25, 2014 | Patents | National | Regional | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)
Ranked in The National Law Journal listing of the "Top 100 Verdicts of 2013"
March 24, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | National |The National Law Journal & VerdictSearch
Recognized Among Top Trademark Law Firms in U.S. and California in 2014 "World Trademark Review 1000"
February 4, 2014 | Litigation | Trademarks | National | Regional | World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000
Recognized as Pharmaceutical Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C., and for International Copyright and IP Protection in California in "Global Awards"
January 30, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | IP Strategy | Copyrights | International & Regional | Corporate INTL
Recognized as one of 2014 "Top 250 Leading Law Firms"
January 1, 2014 | National | Intercontinental Finance Magazine
Recognized in 2013 "International Legal Awards" by Acquisition International
December 16, 2013 | National | Acquisition International Magazine
Ranked Among 2014 "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
November 1, 2013 | Litigation (Metropolitan Tier 1; National Tier 3) | Patents (Metropolitan Tier 1; National Tier 3) | Trademarks (Metropolitan Tier 1) | U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers


ATTORNEY RECOGNITION

Gerard von Hoffmann and Bryan Wahl Named as Winners in 2014 "Innovator Awards" by The Recorder
October 24, 2014 | Attorneys: von Hoffmann, Wahl | Regional |The Recorder
Maria Anderson Named in 2014 edition of "IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property
September 19, 2014 | Patents | Trademarks | Licensing & Counseling | Attorney: Anderson (Maria) | National |Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)
Eleven Knobbe Martens Attorneys Among 2015 "Best Lawyers in America"
August 18, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Attorneys: Martens, Berretta, Cianfrani, Israelsen, Re, Reisman, Rose, Sganga, Vogel Weil, Uribe, Zelkind | National | Best Lawyers
Nine Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named "Top Women Attorneys in Southern California"
August 6, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Attorneys: Armond, Burgess, Halpern, Hsu, Katzenellenbogen (Lauren), Lowe, Natland, Swaroop, Vogel Weil | Regional | Super Lawyers
Dr. Salima Merani Named in 2014 "Women Leaders in Tech Law"
August 1, 2014 | Attorney: Merani | Regional | The Recorder
Sixteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized in 2014 "US Legal 500"
July 3, 2014 | Patent Licensing | Patent Litigation | Patent Prosecution | Trademarks Non-Contentious | Attorneys: Carson, Fuller, Gurka, Hyman, Jennings, King, Merani, Nataupsky, Natland, Re, Reed, Rose, Sganga (John), Uribe, Van Hoosear, Yamato | National | The Legal 500
Eli Loots Named 2014 "Northern California Rising Star"
July 3, 2014 | Patents | Opinions & Counseling | Attorney: Loots | Regional | Super Lawyers
Kimberly Miller Recognized in 2014 "Best of Bar"
June 30, 2014 | Licensing | Attorney: Miller | Regional | San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ)
Carrie Zhang Named to Lawyers of Color's "Hot List"
June 27, 2014 | Attorney: Zhang | National | Lawyers of Color
Nine Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named to Legal Media Group's "Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners"
June 26, 2014 | Trademarks | Attorneys: Carson, Halpern, Holland, Hyman, Natland, Olson, Simpson, Van Hoosear, Zadra-Symes | International | Legal Media Group (LMG)
Seven Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named in 2014 "International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers"
June 23, 2014 | Trademarks | Attorneys: Halpern, Holland, Hyman, Natland, Simpson, Van Hoosear, Zadra-Symes| International | Who's Who Legal (WWL)
Ryan Melnick, Kerry Taylor, and Boris Zelkind Named 2014 "San Diego County Top Attorneys"
June 19, 2014 | Litigation | Licensing | Patents | Trademarks | Attorneys: Melnick, Taylor, Zelkind | Regional | San Diego Daily Transcript (SDDT)
Carol Pitzel Cruz Named 2014 "Washington Rising Star"
June 13, 2014 | Litigation | Attorneys: Pitzel Cruz | Regional | Super Lawyers
Art Rose Recognized Among the World's Leading IP Strategists in "IAM Strategy 300" Guide
June 12, 2014 | IP Strategy | Attorney: Rose | International | Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine
Eighteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named 2014 "Southern California Rising Stars"
June 11, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Attorneys: Armond, Bunker (Jared), Burgess, Claasen, Dougal, Hsu, Huffmire, Hyman, Kahf, Katzenellenbogen (Ben), Katzenellenbogen (Lauren), Larson, LeMeilleur, Lowe, Swaroop, Wahl, Yee, and Zoretic | Regional |Super Lawyers
Sixteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized Among the World's Leading Patent Practitioners in "Patent 1000" Guide
June 2, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Licensing | Attorneys: Anderson, Babcock, Benedict, Carson, Gurka, Hart, Israelsen, King, Lateef, Merani, Re, Rose, Schoenbaum, Seelig, Uribe, Zimmerman | International | Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine
Lynda Zadra-Symes, Stacey Halpern, Catherine Holland, and Susan Natland Named to Legal Media Group's "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law"
June 2, 2014 | Trademarks | Attorneys: Zadra-Symes, Halpern, Holland, Natland | International | Legal Media Group (LMG)
Seven Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized as Top IP Practitioners in Managing Intellectual Property "IP Stars" Directory
May 14, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Attorneys: Anderson (Maria), Bunker (William), Gurka, Jensen, Re, Roby, Zimmerman | National | Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)
Salima Merani Named to Daily Journal's List of "Top Women Lawyers"
May 8, 2014 | Attorney: Merani | Regional | The Daily Journal
Jonathan Bachand and Jeremy Edwards Named 2014 "Washington DC Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers Magazine
April 25, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Attorneys: Bachand, Edwards | Regional | Super Lawyers
Five Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named Among "Top 100 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California "
April 9, 2014 | Attorneys: Fuller, Jennings, Lee, Merani, Sganga | Litigation | Patents | Regional | The Daily Journal
Susan Natland Recognized by International Law Office's 2014 "Client Choice Awards"
April 2, 2014 | Trademarks | Attorney: Natland | Regional | International Law Office's (ILO)
Catherine Holland, Susan Natland, Diane Reed, Jeff Van Hoosear, and Lynda Zadra-Symes Recognized as Leading Trademark Lawyers in 2014 "WTR 1000"
February 4, 2014 | Litigation | Trademarks | Attorneys: Holland, Natland, Reed, Van Hoosear, Zadra-Symes | National | World Trademark Review
Adeel Akhtar Named to Lawyers of Color's "Power List 2014"
February 7, 2014 | Attorney: Akhtar | National | Lawyers of Color
Tirzah Lowe Named to Daily Journal's "20 Under 40" List
January 30, 2014 | Attorney: Lowe | Regional | The Daily Journal
Eli Loots Named "IP Due Diligence Attorney of the Year in California", Brenden Gingrich Recognized for Biotech Patents, and Brent Babcock Recognized for "High-Tech Litigation" in Corporate INTL Global Awards
January 30, 2014 | Attorneys: Loots, Gingrich, Babcock | National & Regional | Corporate INTL
Joseph Re Recognized Among 2014 "Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers"
January 16, 2014 | Litigation | Attorney: Re | Regional | Super Lawyers
Twenty-One Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named 2014 "Southern California Super Lawyers"
January 16, 2014 | Litigation | Patents | Trademarks | Attorneys: Berretta, Cianfrani, Friedland, Halpern, Holcomb, Horne, Israelsen, King, Lateef, Lee (Sabing), Martens, Nataupsky, Natland, Olson, Re, Sganga (John), Stewart, Summers, von Hoffmann, Vogel Weil, Zelkind | Regional | Super Lawyers
Ned Israelsen Named "Patent Prosecution Attorney of the Year" by LMG Life Sciences
September 26, 2013 | Patents | Licensing | IP Strategy | Attorney: Israelsen | National | Legal Media Group (LMG)
Joseph Cianfrani and John Sganga Named Best Lawyer's 2014 "Lawyers of the Year"
August 15, 2013 | Litigation | Patents | Attorneys: Cianfrani, Sganga | National | Best Lawyers
Five Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named "Top Attorneys"
August 5, 2013 | Litigation | Patents | Attorneys: Friedland, Lee, Natland, Schlatter, Sganga | OC METRO Magazine
Ten Knobbe Martens Attorneys Recognized as Top Attorneys in Life Sciences Industry by LMG Life Sciences
July 1, 2013 | Litigation | Patents | Licensing | IP Strategy | Attorneys: Israelsen | Lea | Lee (Sabing) | Maddox | Mallon | Martens | Re | Reisman | von Hoffmann | Zimmerman | National | Legal Media Group (LMG)
Ned Israelsen, Fred Berretta, Joseph Reisman, and Boris Zelkind Named 2013 "San Diego Super Lawyers"
June 7, 2013 | Litigation | Patents | Attorneys: Israelsen, Berretta, Reisman, Zelkind | Local | Super Lawyers

Diversity

From the day our firm was founded, we have been committed to creating and fostering a dynamic, diverse workplace. It's a commitment that has yielded real and meaningful results. Today we are one of the top 10 most diverse firms in the nation, in the top 10 for the highest percentage of minority partners, and among the top 25 for the highest percentage of minority attorneys in the U.S.-a unique record among law firms our size.

We promote diversity through active outreach and recruitment, as well as through internal programs that ensure the needs and goals of all our diverse employees are recognized and valued. Our Diversity Committee includes members from a broad spectrum of attorneys reflective of our diverse workforce. Our attorneys have diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and combined, speak over 23 foreign languages from Portuguese to Punjabi.

The Diversity Committee is tasked with implementing programs that create a wide range of professional opportunities, while maintaining the work/life balance we find essential to building an energized, well-rounded firm.

A realistic, annual billing quota means our attorneys and staff have time to devote to their families or other personal interests-without impacting their career goals. Indeed, we promote female attorneys to equity partnership at a much higher rate than other large firms. And we ensure the needs of our minority employees are met as well, through comprehensive networking and training.

Our commitment to diversity is at the very core of our firm-making us open to new ideas, eager to take on new challenges, and always ready with new solutions.

Summer associate program

As a Knobbe Martens Summer Associate, you'll contribute to one of the world's leading IP law firms. And we're not talking about just doing research and writing memos. You'll be on the front lines-growing, advancing, and being part of a world-class team.

We pack a lifetime of learning into ten short weeks. You'll have the opportunity to take on a wide variety of assignments ranging from patent prosecution to licensing to litigation. You'll also attend client meetings and hearings when possible, and participate in professional activities designed to give you real-world experience. All under the guidance of a Partner Mentor and Host Associate.

Our Training Program is both deep and diverse. We offer classes in numerous facets of IP law including Patents, Trademarks, Litigation & Brief Writing, Legal Research, and License Agreements. And when class is out, you'll have a chance to get together with the Knobbe Martens family in a series of casual, off-site events such as baseball games, a surf camp, and even a day at Disneyland.

Not surprisingly, a majority of our full-time associates are graduates of our Summer Associate program. They've seen what it's like to belong here. And what a difference they can make here.

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