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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
IRVINE, CA 92614
United States
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Salima Merani, Ph.D. is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Medical Device Group. Salima has over two decades of experience in building patent portfolios for life sciences companies, including several medtech, biopharma and biotech companies. She also has extensive experience in conducting patent due diligence for investors, such as venture capital and investment firms. Recognized in prestigious publications as “a great strategic advisor with a proven track record” and deemed “a favorite of venture capitalists”, Salima has been lead IP counsel in deals valued at over three billion dollars in just the last few years.

Salima provides a unique perspective to both investors and emerging growth companies with her wide-ranging experience in US and international patent and trademark portfolio management, licensing, strategic offensive positioning, infringement analysis, IPOs, acquisitions, and managing global patent risk.

Her technical experience in medical devices includes strategic guidance in the fields of aesthetics, orthopedics, cardiovascular and neuroscience, including medical implants, denervation and tissue ablation, regenerative technology, antibody technology, hypertension, diabetes, ophthalmic and dermatological conditions. Salima’s technical work outside the medical arena includes a deep knowledge in the fields of cosmetic formulations and nutraceuticals.

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United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

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Salima MeraniKnobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

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.

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

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Salima Merani – Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Full-service IP firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP advises an impressive roster of clients -comprised of Fortune 500 names and start-ups- with their patent portfolio strategies. The practice continues to grow its its presence in the data privacy and artificial intelligence areas, although the medical device, biotechnology, electrical engineering and telecom sectors continue to stand out as the group´s mainstays. The team also assists with due diligence for corporate transactions, and is well know for its expertise handling in post-grant reviews before the PTAB. The practice has a particularly strong presence in California, with offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco. Key practitioners Salima Merani, who specializes in building patent portfolios for life sciences companies; Jason Gersting; Terri Tullis; and Sabing Lee, are all based in Orange County. Seattle, New York, and Washington, D.C, are other key offices.