Knobbe Martens Says Hello to NYC
Knobbe Martens Says Hello to NYC
Summary: Intellectual property law firm Knobbe Martens opened an office in New York City as part of their strategic expansion plan.
Leading intellectual property law firm Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce the addition of an office in New York City. The 300+ attorney firm has six offices already located on the West Coast and is growing its presence on the East Coast.
The NYC office will be the firm’s eighth office with its headquarters in Orange County. Besides their California offices, they also have one in Seattle and Washington D.C. Firmwide Managing Partner Steven Nataupsky explained, “Many of our clients are based in the Tri-state area, and we’re experiencing increased demand for intellectual property services there. We’re looking forward to enhancing our current relationships by having an office in close proximity, as well as expanding our footprint in the region.”
The firm sees New York as an opportunity to grow by being more available to the areas of medical devices, media and entertainment, tech, pharma, and fashion and luxury goods industries that will fit with their intellectual property and technology law capabilities. Knobbe Martens wants to be in the center of the action where they can attract top talent, including recent graduates. They plan to welcome their first New York summer associate class in 2018.
Partner Robb Roby, who will be the Managing Partner of the New York office, said, “We are witnessing a decrease in graduating law students with degrees in STEM fields – which are held by more than 96 percent of our attorneys firm-wide – and this is heating up competition for new recruits. While we see many East Coast law school grads in our West Coast summer associate programs, having an office in New York will significantly expand our pool of young attorneys prepared to join the firm and take on high-level IP work.” Roby earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
This year the firm is also celebrating its 55th anniversary. The firm started in Orange County and has grown to over 300 attorneys. The New York office will be adding five attorneys from other locations.
The other four attorneys moving to the New York office are:
Tom Yee – a partner who focuses on strategic actions for patent portfolio development, trademark portfolio procurement, and intellectual property transactions and licensing. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University.
Dan Fischer – an associate who specializes in various technological fields like metals/alloys, semiconductors, polymers, medical devices, oil pipes, catalytic converters, composites, and vehicle accessories/components. He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Materials Science and Engineering.
Zach Hong – an associate with experience in portfolio development from companies of all sizes. He counsels clients on U.S. and foreign patent and trademark procurement, due diligence, intellectual property transactions, and licensing in the medical device, software, and healthcare IT fields. Hong earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School and his B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from The John Hopkins University.
Mitchell Hadley – an associate with experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. Hadley received his J.D. from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
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