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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
IRVINE, CA 92614
United States
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Sabing H. Lee’s practice includes strategic patent procurement, patent portfolio management, intellectual property due diligence and general counseling on infringement, licensing, international IP protection and post-grant proceedings. Sabing currently represents clients in a wide range of technologies, with an emphasis on medical devices and procedures and materials science.

Sabing co-chairs the firm’s Medical Devices and Procedures group. In the medical device field, Sabing has worked extensively with cardiovascular, orthopedic, wound care and healthcare AI technologies. He has been involved in the intellectual property strategy and acquisitions of PercuSurge, Inc. (acquired by Medtronic, Inc.), Flex-Foot, Inc. (acquired by Össur hf.), Endius, Inc. (acquired by Zimmer Holdings, Inc.), ev3 Inc. (acquired by Covidien), CardiAQ Valve Technologies (acquired by Edwards Lifesciences), and Tornier/Wright Medical (acquired by Stryker).

Sabing currently serves on the Board of Directors for Octane, an organization that drives technology industry growth and innovation in Orange County by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital.

Sabing has been recognized as a Patent Star in Managing IP’s “IP STARS” guide for his outstanding intellectual property legal work in 2018-2021. He has received “Star” recognition in the “Life Sciences Survey” published by Legal Media Group (LMG) Life Sciences from 2012-2019 and 2022-2023. He was noted as being among the top patent strategists in the country for his patent prosecution, patent advisory, strategy and management practice. Sabing was selected for inclusion in the “Southern California Super Lawyers” list for his work in intellectual property law from 2013-2018 by Super Lawyers magazine, and was named to the Daily Journal’s list of the “Top Intellectual Property Attorneys of 2014”, where he was recognized among the Top 25 Portfolio Managers & Patent Prosecutors of Intellectual Property.

Sabing joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2003.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

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Sabing Lee – Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Co-chairs of the firm’s medical device group Sabing Lee and Salima Merani co-head the patent prosecution practice at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP , which is noted as being ‘beyond stellar’, from its office in Irvine, California. The team is well-versed on the full scope of patent law, from the development and management of portfolios in more transactional matters, to the contested and complex. The team handles patent counseling and prosecution, new product clearance and licensing, post grant proceedings and inter partes reviews, advising clients in industry sectors from technology to media and entertainment, with particular expertise in both life sciences and biotechnology evident across the practice, with high-value IP diligence work frequently completed for the likes of Cala Health. Terry Tullis and the ‘stand out’ Harnik Shukla, both regularly advise on some of the team’s most significant matters. ‘Detail-oriented’ Sabrina Wang specializes in medical device and consumer product IP law.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, a ‘professional’ team with ‘strong cross-functional knowledge’, fields a large team of experts in the licensing and transactional field with frequent involvement acting in high stake transactions on behalf of global clients. The team works across several industries from nanotech and personalized medicine to sports, fashion, and media, with the negotiation of patent licenses, patent assignments, and material transfer agreements all part of the firm’s regular work. Salima Merani is vastly experienced in conducting patent due diligence for investors, while Sabing Lee bolsters the team with her expertise in a wide range of technologies, with particular emphasis on medical devices and procedures and materials science. Jason Gersting concentrates on the biotech and life science industries. The three practice heads are based in the firm’s Irvine office.