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John King

John R. King is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office.  Mr. King’s practice is concentrated in strategic counseling, licensing, and patent procurement for both early stage and established companies.  He has extensive experience in patenting novel technologies, developing strategies to protect a market niche, conducting patent landscape reviews, performing venture capital due diligence, preparing opinions, and dealing with the intellectual property challenges that face new companies.

Mr. King chairs Knobbe Martens’ patent prosecution committee and has successfully counseled numerous start-up companies during the early stages of development, including:

Broadband Storage, Inc. (acquired by Adaptec)
Corollary, Inc. (acquired by Intel)
Endeavors Technology (acquired by Tadpole) 
FileNet, Inc. (acquired by IBM)
InterWorks Computer Products (acquired by Sanmina)
Kofax Image Products (acquired by DICOM Group)
Linfinity Microelectronics (acquired by Microsemi)
McCaw Cellular Communications (acquired by AT&T Wireless) 
Quest Software (acquired by Dell)
SRS Labs (acquired by DTS, Inc.)
XYPoint (acquired by TeleCommunicaiton Systems)

Mr. King works with a variety of industries including artificial intelligence, audio processing, battery charging systems, computer graphics, computer software and hardware, data storage, database technologies, driver safety systems, financial transactions, GPS technologies, healthcare information technology, navigation control, networking, online businesses, RFID tagging, semiconductors, statistical modeling, telecommunications, wireless communications, vehicle navigation control, video gaming, and video processing.

University of Texas – Austin, J.D.
Brigham Young University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, Emphasis in computer architecture and software, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity, Eta Kappa Nu Honorary Fraternity
State Bar of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Communications Technology

Cellular Networking & Communications

Fiber Optic Networks

Internet Telephony

Low-Power Networks




Wireless Local Area Networks

Electrical, Semiconductor & Computer Technology

Electronics & Semiconductors

Healthcare Information Technology

Software & IT


Energy Conservation

Energy Efficient Technologies

Geothermal Energy

Green Transportation



Solar Power

Wind Power

Financial Services & Business Methods

Blockchain & Smart Contracts

Cloud Computing

Cryptocurrency & Encryption

Data Privacy

Dispute Resolution

Licensing & Indemnification

Open Source

Media, Advertising & Entertainment

Online Games

Medical Devices & Procedures


Catheters & Probes

Infusion Pumps

Stents, Valves, & Delivery Systems


Transportation & Vehicles

Aerospace & Space Technology

Air conditioning / Heating systems

Auto Care

Automotive Transportation & Powersports


Diagnostic Equipment

Electronics (Audio / Video, Communication, Navigation, Security)

Assignments and Licenses
Brand Portfolio Management
Brand Search
Covered Business Method (CBM)
Design Patents
Due Diligence
Global Portfolio Management
Infringement Risk 
Inter Partes Review (IPR)
International Trademarks
IP Strategy
IP Transactions and Agreements
Opinions and Counseling
Opinions Counseling
Patent Strategy & Prosecution
PostGrant Review (PGR)
PTAB Overview
Tech Transactions
Trade Secret
Trade Secret & Employee Mobility Litigation
Trade Secret Protection Advice, Counseling, Employee & Nondisclosure Agreements
Trademark & Brand Protection
Trademark and Brand Protection Litigation
Trademark Registration
U.S. Patent Prosecution

Mr. King has received multiple awards and has been honored for his legal accomplishments:

  • Named one of the “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” in the Patent 1000 guide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine for Prosecution (2012-2023). In the 2023 guide, he was commended as someone who “drafts meticulous patent applications that can withstand the test of time.” In the 2019 guide, he was noted for his “experience and broad patent procurement, monetisation and counselling expertise [which] make him a valuable ally”.
  • Selected for inclusion in the “Southern California Super Lawyers” list for his work in intellectual property law by Super Lawyers magazine from 2012-2020
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 “United States 2015” as being an outstanding practitioner. In this guide, he was noted for his work in patent prosecution
  • Named one of Orange County’s “Top Patent Attorneys” multiple times by O.C. Metro magazine


Past President, Orange County Patent Law Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Intellectual Property Organization

Licensing Executives Society

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