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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

IP boutique Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP specializes in patent licenses and assignments as well as due diligence. The biotechnology, software and electronics sectors are key instruction generators, with many recent highlights coming from medical device manufacturers. In one standout mandate, Entellus Medical entrusted its patent strategy to Joseph Cianfrani, San Diego's Gerard von Hoffmann and Terry Tullis prior to its $662m acquisition by Stryker. For Millipede, von Hoffmann and Rabi Narula conducted the due diligence for multiple financing transactions, and also assisted Millipede with the IP aspects of its acquisition option agreement with Boston Scientific, potentially valued at $450m. Further, Epigen Biosciences sought advice from the group regarding its collaboration and license agreement with Novo Nordisk. Other clients include Spinal Kinetics, Ignyta and Apama Medical. Bryan Wahl, San Diego's Jason Jardine and Salima Merani are also noted. All lawyers are based in Irvine unless otherwise stated.

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Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Patents: litigation (full coverage) - ranked: tier 4

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

IP boutique Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP acts for patent owners and alleged infringers alike, and has an especially strong PTAB practice for patents owners. The group boasts wide sectorial expertise, but enjoys a particularly good reputation for its track record in Hatch-Waxman litigation. Recent highlights include representing Orexigen Therapeutics in a district court case against a company seeking to introduce a generic version of obesity drug Contrave, and defending SecureAuth against a suit brought by StrikeForce Technologies alleging infringement of three patents. Litigation practice head Joseph Cianfrani in Irvine directs one of the deepest benches in the market, which includes pharmaceuticals specialist William Zimmerman in Washington DC, Irvine's Jon Gurka, a specialist in litigation from the electronics, semiconductor and technology sectors, and medical device litigation authority Christy Lea. Other clients include Monster Energy, Edwards Lifesciences and Intellectual Ventures.

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 2

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP impresses with 'a deep bench of technical and legal experts'. The intellectual property giant is adept in the preparation and filing of domestic and foreign patent applications, but also boasts a busy PTAB caseload. A significant number of instructions comes from pharmaceuticals and medical device players, with recent standout matters including advising Retrotope on a patent portfolio covering drugs for the preservation and restoration of mitochondrial health in degenerative diseases. William Zimmermann in Washington DC, Michael Fuller and Kerry Taylor successfully defended Illumina Cambridge against two IPR petitions regarding a patent in relation to DNA sequencing. The group is also experienced in the acquisition of patent portfolios that it helped to develop, an example of which included assisting with the development of Claret Medical's patent portfolio and subsequent due diligence prior to its $220m acquisition by Boston Scientific. Other key figures include managing partner Steven Nataupsky, Mark Gallagher, John Paik and Ed Schlatter in Irvine, Mark Abumeri and Gerard von Hoffmann. Ignyta, Orexigen Therapeutics and Millipede also feature on the client roster. Brenton Babcock joined Womble Bond Dickinson. All partners are based in San Diego unless otherwise stated.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

IP boutique Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP is well regarded for protection, enforcement and portfolio management, both domestically and internationally. Susan Natland leads on assisting First American Financial with trademark selection, procurement and enforcement matters, while Diane Reed is responsible for trademark enforcement on behalf of Monster Energy. Other clients include Terra Tech Corp, The Rubicon Project and Mechanix Wear. Jeff Van Hoosear heads the practice. Named partners are based in Orange County.

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