Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Patent Prosecution

As a highly specialized IP firm, we built our reputation through developing and securing vital patent assets for our clients. We don’t just go through the motions of patent prosecution. We actively develop patent portfolios to achieve our clients’ strategic goals, whether they are focused on defensive coverage, licensing revenue, creating barriers to market entry, preparation for litigation, monetizing non-essential patent assets, or building value for a strategic exit. We have extensive experience in leading and defending due diligence, preparing patent opinions, and negotiating high-stakes patent deals. As a leader among IP firms, we participate in Patent Office pilot programs to assist the USPTO in developing new processes and programs that benefit our clients. By thinking outside of the box, we stress creative and proactive approaches to accelerating and improving prosecution results, often meeting face-to-face with U.S. Patent Examiners.

Our attorneys have strong technical and scientific backgrounds that enable us to deeply understand the details of our clients’ technologies, which allow us to craft an individualized patent strategy for each client.  Many of our attorneys have doctoral, medical, or masters degrees, and many have years of industry experience prior to becoming an attorney.

Realizing the dynamic nature of patent law, we have created a number of cross-functional teams where patent prosecution and litigation attorneys work closely with each other, crafting multi-dimensional tactics and strategies that take into account our clients’ business goals. These hybrid teams are able to create stronger patents in the patent office that lead to better litigation results as well as greater insight into defending against patent lawsuits. The hybrid teams also play an essential role in representing our clients in the new post-grant proceedings instituted under the America Invents Act (AIA).  Our teams of litigators and patent prosecutors work synergistically to develop strategies to navigate these quasi-litigation proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office – either to defend a client from an invalidity challenge of its patent or to develop a strategy for challenging a competitor’s patent. 

We strive to understand the business realities surrounding the intellectual property. This holistic view of the legal landscape, our clients’ interests and overall industry trends give us a greater understanding of how inventions are implemented and used, as well as the direction technology itself is headed. 

With the insight gleaned, we are able to quickly develop successful technology protection strategies, identify potential risks to avoid third-party action, conduct diligence associated with acquisitions, and create prosecution portfolio management strategies tailored around individual exit plans.

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