Joseph S. Cianfrani - Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Joseph S. Cianfrani

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Joseph S. Cianfrani is a partner in our Orange County office.  Mr. Cianfrani represents various clients in all types of intellectual-property disputes, including those involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.  His practice primarily involves patent cases at both the trial and appellate levels.  Mr. Cianfrani has served as counsel in numerous cases, many of which have successfully gone to trial before a jury or bench, or have been appealed.  In 2004, Mr. Cianfrani served as a member of two trial teams in obtaining $134.5 million and $43.5 million jury verdicts for the firm’s medical device clients.  In 2008, Mr. Cianfrani successfully represented another of the firm’s clients in a jury trial, obtaining a judgment of infringement, validity, and substantial damages.  Mr. Cianfrani also maintains a very active appellate practice and has represented the firm’s clients on numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in cases involving computer peripherals, optics, electronics, software, and medical devices. Mr. Cianfrani is also a member of several professional groups and has previously served on the board of directors of the American Intellectual Property Association.  Mr. Cianfrani has also written and spoken extensively on patent law and appellate practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Cianfrani served as a law clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Mr. Cianfrani became a partner in 2003. Clerk Experience Law clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1997-98

University of VirginiaBS 1991University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1997George Mason University

Office Location

2040 Main Street, 14th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Patent of the Orange County Metro Area
Joseph S. Cianfrani has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Patent Law
Trademark Law