Terry Tullis > Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP > Irvine, United States > Lawyer Profile

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
IRVINE, CA 92614
United States
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With more than a decade of experience in domestic and international strategic intellectual property portfolio management, Terry Tullis advises on patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, enforcement, and licensing. Terry truly thrives in the continuous cycle of the evolution of the law, business, and rapid technological innovation.

Terry’s clients include individuals and large and small businesses involved in a wide range of technologies, including medical device, nanotechnology, and mechanical arts. Terry is known for his consistently good judgment and positive outcomes. Clients and colleagues alike appreciate Terry’s personal commitment to responsiveness and availability, which is reinforced by his proven skill in addressing both the simple and complicated problems of doing business today.

Fully invested in dispute resolution in the U.S. and abroad, Terry works tirelessly not only to ensure his clients obtain and leverage their valuable IP, but also protect their brand and innovated creativity around the world, particularly in Europe, China, and South Korea. He has provided both offensive and defensive advocacy in district court, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), in interferences and inter partes review (IPRs), on appeal to the Federal Circuit, as well as in the prosecution, enforcement, and defense of client assets overseas.

Notably, Terry has worked extensively with orthopedic, spinal, cardiovascular, neurovascular, gynecological, and aesthetic technologies. He has been involved in the IP strategy, acquisitions, and investment rounds of Ulthera, Inc. (funding rounds and acquisition by Merz Pharmaceuticals), Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (funding rounds and IPO), Endius, Inc. (acquired by Zimmer Holdings, Inc.), ev3 Inc. and ev3 Neurovascular (acquired by Covidien). Other medical device clients have included Sonoma Orthopedic Products, Inc., TranS1, Inc., and NovaLign Orthopaedics, Inc.

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United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

The ‘outstandingSalima Merani, who operates form Orange County, is one of the key contacts at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP‘s extensive licensing practice. She brings to bear her more than 20 years of experience handling the development and commercialization of patent portfolios for life sciences companies, particularly medtech and biotech companies. The department’s expertise also spans licensing agreements in the context of financings and transactions, mainly in the venture and growth capital space, which also amount for a portion of the workload. Irvine-based partners Jason Gersting, who acts as practice co-head, and Terry Tullis are other names to note.