OC50 2023: Steven Jensen and Joseph Re

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Steven Jensen
SENIOR PARTNER
KNOBBE MARTENS

JOSEPH RE
SENIOR PARTNER
KNOBBE MARTENS

WHY: Irvine law partners specializing in medical technology cases for firm internationally known for its exclusive focus on intellectual property and technology legal work. In January, led longtime client Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI) to a preliminary victory in a crucial first round in its international trade case that involves whether Apple’s watches illegally used Masimo’s technology for pulse oximetry. Long list of other medtech clients, including heart valve maker Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW) and surgical tool maker Applied Medical in Rancho Santa Margarita.

BY THE NUMBERS: Jensen has represented Irvine-based Masimo for more than three decades, during which time he’s won the company several hundred million dollars in judgments for illegal use of its technology, while successfully defending the company against claims of patent infringement. Masimo has thus far spent $55 million in its legal cases against Apple, with the expectation of legal fees topping $100 million due to ongoing cases in other venues, and a second trial in Santa Ana.

FUTURE PLANS: Mistrial declared due to hung jury in latest Masimo case in Santa Ana; company says it intends to retry the case. Additional related cases taking place in other venues including International Trade Commission.

IN THEIR WORDS: “I have had no interest in hanging it up at this point because the privilege of representing these companies is so rewarding that I’m not ready to turn it in yet,” Jensen said. “The opportunities continue to grow.”

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