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The Largest Intellectual Property Law Firm in the West Continues to Grow.

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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 3, 2003

A record number eight partners were named at Knobbe Martens Olson and Bear LLP in January.

The firm also hired 17 new associates in the fall of 2002. The expansion will help serve the firm's growing client base.

The firm named as its newest partners: Mark R. Benedict, Joseph S. Cianfrani, Paul N. Conover, Karoline A. Delaney, Sabing H. Lee, Eric M. Nelson, Robert J. Roby and William R. Zimmerman.

"We are very pleased to name a record number of partners this year," said James B. Bear, managing partner. He continued: "Our new partners are talented legal practitioners who have provided our clients with outstanding service and guidance. They have all demonstrated their commitment to excellence and we are privileged to have them as partners."

All of the new partners' backgrounds are varied and help add to the firm's diversity. "We have a broad base of clients, and the educational and technical backgrounds of our attorneys enables us to offer intellectual property law services to all areas of technology," Bear said.

Mark R. Benedict, Ph.D. practices out of the firm's Orange County office. He counsels clients in intellectual property matters, specializing in patent prosecution and licensing in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences.

He graduated cum laude from Drexel University with a degree in biology and he went on to earn a Ph.D. in biology from Syracuse University. Benedict earned his juris doctorate magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL), founded in 1895, is a professional school of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. It is one of only four law schools in Upstate New York (the other three being Albany, Buffalo, and Cornell). . He joined the firm in 1997.

Joseph S. Cianfrani's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including appeals. He is a member of several professional groups including the amicus committee of the American Intellectual Property Association on whose behalf he has filed several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the California Supreme Court.

Cianfrani earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Virginia and went on to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering from George Mason University Named after American revolutionary, patriot and founding father George Mason, the university was founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957 and became an independent institution in 1972. . He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law The University of Virginia School of Law was founded in Charlottesville in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson as one of the original subjects taught at his "academical village," the University of Virginia.  where he was the recipient of the John M. Olin John Merrill Olin (November 10, 1892 - September 8, 1982) was an American businessman. He was the son of Franklin W. Olin. Early life
Born in Alton, Illinois, Olin graduated from Cornell University with a B.Sc. degree in chemistry.

After graduation, Cianfrani served as a law clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa (b. 1941) is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1997-present).

Arthur Gajarsa was born on 1 March 1941 in Norcia, Italy.
 on the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit. He joined the firm's Orange County office in 1998.

Paul N. Conover represents clients in various intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and licensing. His clients include companies involved in optical, medical, automotive, aerospace, sports equipment, building construction and computer technologies.

Conover earned degrees in physics, mathematics and history from Brigham Young University Brigham Young University, at Provo, Utah; Latter-Day Saints; coeducational; opened as an academy in 1875 and became a university in 1903. It is noted for its law and business schools. . He earned his juris doctorate cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Joshua Reuben Clark, Jr. (1871–1961) was an American attorney, civil servant, and a prominent leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Grantsville, Utah, Clark was a prominent attorney in the Department of State, and Undersecretary of State for U.S.  School of Law at Brigham Young University.

Karoline A. Delaney's practice focuses on chemistry and medical device related intellectual property law issues. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz The University of California, Santa Cruz, also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCSC, is a public, collegiate university, one of the ten campuses of the University of California.  with a degree in chemistry. She earned a master's degree in chemistry from Harvard University.

Delaney graduated with a juris doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA comprises the College of Letters and Science (the primary undergraduate college), seven professional schools, and five professional Health Science schools. Since 2001, UCLA has enrolled over 33,000 total students, and that number is steadily rising.  School of Law where she was chief managing editor of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. She joined the firm's Orange County office in 1997.

Sabing H. Lee counsels clients in intellectual property matters and focuses his practice on patent prosecution, technology agreements and general intellectual property strategies, particularly in the fields of medical devices and materials engineering.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa Phi Beta Kappa: see fraternity.
Phi Beta Kappa

Leading academic honour society in the U.S., which draws its membership from college and university students. The oldest Greek-letter society in the U.S.
 and summa cum laude sum·ma cum lau·de  
adv. & adj.
With the greatest honor. Used to express the highest academic distinction: graduated summa cum laude; a summa cum laude graduate.
 from the University of California, Los Angeles with bachelor of science Noun 1. Bachelor of Science - a bachelor's degree in science

bachelor's degree, baccalaureate - an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies
 and master's degrees in material science and engineering. Lee earned his juris doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. Commonly referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley and Cal  School of Law (Boalt Hall). He joined the firm's Orange County office in 1997.

Eric M. Nelson is in the firm's San Diego office and represents clients in the software, Internet, electrical and communication markets. His practice is focused on patent-related matters, technology licensing and developing intellectual property strategies. Nelson graduated from Purdue University with a computer science degree. He earned his juris doctorate cum laude from Baylor Law School. He joined the firm in 1997.

Robert J. Roby joined the firm's Orange County office in 1997. His practice focuses on the medical device, automotive and related mechanical engineering industries. He graduated summa cum laude from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) was established as an autonomous institution within the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology in Bhubaneswar, in Orissa, India.  at Ohio University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Roby received his juris doctorate from New York University School of Law Coordinates:  The New York University School of Law (NYU Law) is the law school of New York University. Established in 1835, the school offers the J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. .

William R. Zimmerman represents various clients in all types of intellectual-property disputes. He focuses on patent cases at both the district court and appellate levels. Zimmerman has worked extensively in the area of pharmaceutical litigation, as well as obtaining and licensing pharmaceutical-related intellectual property. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in chemical engineering.

He earned his juris doctorate cum laude from Harvard Law School. After graduation, Zimmerman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He joined the firm's Orange County office in 1998.

With more than 155 lawyers, Knobbe Martens Olson and Bear is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world. The firm is consistently ranked at the top of its field in international surveys. Whether procuring or protecting its clients' intellectual property rights, the firm focuses on achieving clients' goals. More information about the firm can be found at
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