Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
IP is a key asset in the innovation economy.

Joseph Mallon, Ph.D.


At a Glance

  • J.D. Pace University School of Law
  • Ph.D. Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts
  • M.S. Polymer Science & Engineering, University of Massachusetts
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Connecticut

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

Joseph J. Mallon is a partner in our San Diego office. 

Dr. Mallon’s practice includes intellectual property due diligence, Patent Office appeals, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, and counseling on patent strategy, patent infringement and licensing issues. He represents clients in a wide range of technologies, including chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, materials science, adhesives, coatings, composite materials, medical devices, semiconductor fabrication, and microelectromechanical system (MEMS) fabrication. 

Dr. Mallon was recognized as one of "The World's Leading Patent Professionals" in the Intellectual Asset Management "IAM Patent 1000" publication in 2015 and 2016. He was also named a 2013, 2014 and 2015 “Life Science Star” by LMG Life Sciences in recognition of the strength of his patent prosecution, strategy and portfolio management practice. He is recognized by both print and on-line news media for his experience relating to patent matters, and has been quoted numerous times, including by the San Diego Daily Transcript, Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Law360, and InsideCounsel.

He has presented numerous speeches to legal and technical organizations, including AIPLA and participants in the Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Partnership at the U.S Patent Office.  He has also provided technical training to U.S. Patent Examiners in the Patent Examiner Technical Training Program. 

After completing graduate school, Dr. Mallon worked for seven years as a research scientist in the aerospace and chemical industries.  His research resulted in numerous publications and patents and focused on chemical and polymer syntheses, liquid crystals, composite materials, adhesives, coatings, biomedical polymers, and water-soluble polymers.  In 1995, Dr. Mallon joined the Patent Law Department at Cytec Industries, Inc., as a patent agent and began attending law school in the evenings.  He graduated from law school and became Patent Counsel at Cytec in 1999.

Dr. Mallon joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2006.


  • Pace University School of Law (J.D. 1999), magna cum laude
  • University of Massachusetts (Ph.D. Polymer Science & Engineering 1988), Ph.D. research involved synthesis and characterization of liquid crystal monomers and polymers, resulting in eight publications
  • University of Massachusetts (M.S. Polymer Science & Engineering 1988)
  • University of Connecticut (B.S. Chemistry 1983), magna cum laude, honors
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