While some large law firms are cutting back on their intellectual property practices, California-based Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear is in expansion mode. The IP-focused firm, which saw its gross revenue rise to $220 million in 2016, is preparing to move five lawyers to a new office in New York.
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