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Thomas Arno

Co-Managing Partner, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Thomas Arno has a background in science and technology that has served him well at Knobbe Martens, which specializes in intellectual property and technology law. He has been at the firm’s San Diego office since 1995, became partner in 2000 and in 2015 became co-managing partner. He has experience in patent protection, including analog and digital electronics, computer hardware and software, communications, and drug discovery technologies. His practice includes both U.S. and foreign patent-related matters. He has been involved in the San Diego Venture Group. Prior to joining the firm, he was an electrical product safety consultant with Compliance West.

ALMA MATER: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC San Diego, University of San Diego School of Law

BACKGROUND: He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics.

GIVING BACK: He has taught a class at UC San Diego Extension on Patent Protection,

WHAT HE SAYS: “Pushing technology forward is important work. It’s rewarding to assist the innovators doing it.”