Catherine J. Holland - Knobbe Martens

Catherine J. Holland

Knobbe Martens, LLP

Catherine J. Holland is experienced in all aspects of domestic and international trademark, unfair competition and copyright matters. Her practice includes domestic and foreign trademark selection and clearance, trademark procurement and prosecution, inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), intellectual property audits, intellectual property licensing, franchising, domain name disputes, counterfeit goods and customs, copyrights, entertainment law, rights of publicity, and trademark and copyright enforcement and litigation.

Catherine represents clients in a wide range of industries, including the nutritional supplement, software, hardware, motor vehicle, medical device, skincare and aesthetic, fashion and apparel, publishing, entertainment, music, financial, restaurant, and food and beverage industries.

In surveys conducted by EuroMoney's Legal Media Group, Catherine was named one of the “World's Leading Trademark Practitioners.” She has also been awarded the title “Super Lawyer” in surveys of her peers conducted by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers magazine. This recognition is limited to only five percent of lawyers in Southern California.  In 2009, Catherine was named one of Orange County’s Top Lawyers by OC Metro magazine. 

Awards & Accolades

  • Named a "Top Author" in JD Supra's 2018 "Readers' Choice Awards"for Trademarks Thought Leadership

  • Recognized in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 as a "Leading Trademark Lawyer" (2012-2019). In 2017, she was described as "especially adept at juggling franchising and licensing deals, as well as enforcement before the TTAB. Her ability to build rapport with clients is legendary". In the 2018 WTR 1000 guide, clients and peers praised Catherine for her "ability to think deeply about cutting-edge trademark topics". They commented that "her practical advice takes into account both legal and business considerations" and that she is "personal, easy to get along with and never arrogant - you can always learn a lot from talking to her". In 2019, she was characterized as a “top-notch IP lawyer” who “constantly delivers high-quality work”. 

  • Named in the "Who's Who Legal: Trademarks" list by Law Business Research for her expertise in trademark law (2013 - 2016)

  • Recognized in Legal Media Group's (LMG) "Best of the Best USA" guide as one of the top 30 trademark practitioners in the United States (2015)

  • Recognized in Lawyer Monthly Magazine's "2015 Women in Law Awards" for her outstanding achievements in the legal profession

  • Recognized by Euromoney's Legal Media Group (LMG) as a leading Trademark Law practitioner in the "Women in Business Law" guide (2015 and 2014)

  • Recognized by American Lawyer Media as a Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law for her outstanding legal work in intellectual property (2013)

  • Recognized in surveys conducted by Euromoney's Legal Media Groupof 4,000 practitioners in 70 countries, as one of the "World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners" (2014, 2012, and 2006)

  • Named by Super Lawyers as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California in the field of intellectual property law (2012 and 2013)

  • Awarded the title “Super Lawyer” in surveys of her peers conducted by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers magazine. This recognition is limited to only five percent of lawyers in Southern California. (2004 and 2007–2013)

  • Named one of Orange County’s Top Lawyers by O.C. Metro magazine (2009)

  • Awarded the Volunteer Service award by the International Trademark Association (INTA) for outstanding achievement in advancing INTA’s committee objectives.  Ms. Holland sponsored the Model State Trademark Bill in California, which was signed into law within one year of introduction.  INTA recognized this as a remarkable accomplishment for significant legislation in the state of California. (2008)

  • Earned the highest ranking (AV Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell