About Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

Knobbe Martens is a full-service intellectual property firm with an attorney roster that boasts a wealth of diverse backgrounds in science and engineering. An AmLaw 200 law firm that is consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms in the nation and the world, the firm handles everything from patent procurement to infringement litigation. With nearly 300 attorneys and scientists, the firm is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States.

IP Connoisseurs

Founded in Orange County in 1962, Knobbe Martens now has five California offices and offices in Seattle, New York and Washington, D.C. It gained national prominence in 1995 when founding partner Don Martens became president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. The firm grew to 50 partners by the turn of the millennium. By 2003, Knobbe Martens was ranked on the AmLaw 200, a rarity for an IP firm, and the firm continued to grow in ranks and workload over the next few years, representing notable clients like Starbucks, Oakley, Monster Energy, Masimo Corp., Toshiba, and Urban Decay.

Science Credentials

Knobbe Martens has nearly 300 lawyers and scientists nationwide boasting a wealth of different backgrounds in science and engineering, including PhDs and a medical doctor, many of whom have worked as engineers or in the tech world. With over 50 years of experience, Knobbe Martens has the ability to offer IP services to clients in a wide range of industries, from AgBio to Clean Technology to Restaurant and Hospitality.

High Tech, High Caliber

Knobbe Martens attracts associates with its international reputation as an IP powerhouse, relatively low billable hour requirements, high quality training, and consideration for equity partnership in six years. The firm boasts a diverse workforce of attorneys and scientists, and ranked in the top 10 for overall diversity in the 2014 AmLaw Diversity Scorecard.

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Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

2040 Main Street
14th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: (949) 760-0404


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Steven Nataupsky
  • Hiring Partner: Benjamin Katzenellenbogen
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 283

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $170,000
    Summer associate: $3,250/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Aesthetics & Personal Care Products • AgBio • Automotive, Transportation & Power Sports • Biosimilars • Biotechnology • Chemical • Clean Technology • Communications Technology • Construction & Home Improvement • Copyrights • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy • Electronics & Semiconductors • Fashion & Jewelry • Financial Services & Business Methods • Food & Beverage • Healthcare Information Technology • International • IP Strategy • IP Transactions and Agreements • Litigation • Media & Entertainment • Medical Devices & Procedures • Nanotechnology • Optics • Patents • Pharmaceuticals • Restaurant & Hospitality • Software & Information Technology • Sporting Goods & Recreation • Trademarks and Brand Protection • USPTO Trials and Post-Grant Proceedings

Major Office Locations

  • Irvine, CA • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Palo Alto, CA • San Diego, CA • San Francisco, CA • Seattle, WA • Washington, DC