Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

History of the Firm

History of the Firm

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.  

Fifty Years of Milestones

1962 – Louis Knobbe opens the first Orange County Office
1963 – Don Martens joins the firm
1968 – Jim Bear joins the firm
1969 – Gordon Olson becomes a partner
1971 – Jim Bear becomes a partner; Firm reaches 10 employees
1975 – Jim Bear becomes Managing Partner
1983 – Firm reaches 13 partners and surpasses 80 employees
1984 – San Diego Office opens
1992 – Riverside Office opens
1998 – San Francisco Office opens
2000 – Los Angeles Office opens
2000 – Firm surpasses 145 attorneys/scientists and over 200 staff members
2002 – Firm’s headquarters moves from Newport Beach to 2040 Main Street, Irvine
2006 – Steven Nataupsky becomes Managing Partner
2007 – Washington DC Office opens
2008 – Seattle Office opens
2011 – Silicon Valley Office opens
2011 – Firm reaches 275 attorneys/scientists and over 380 staff members
2012 – Firm celebrates 50th Anniversary year -
2014 - 25,000 patents issued

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