Jeffrey G. Knowles


A co-managing partner of Coblentz, Jeff Knowles is a trial lawyer practicing complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property matters. He has specific expertise in copyright, trademark, trade secret, Lanham Act, and other unfair competition cases, with deep experience in music-related litigation. He has represented clients in a broad array of industries, from music and Internet technology to consumer products and real estate.

Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene F. Lynch of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1987-1988), and prior to joining the firm, worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he represented federal agencies in national impact litigation.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

“The Debate Over Sony-Betamax And Peer-To-Peer File Sharing: Will the Supreme Court Settle It in MGM v. Grokster?,” Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 22, No. 3, (March 2005)

Professional Activities

Jeff is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property and Litigation sections, as well as the Private Advertising Committee of the Antitrust Section. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., as well as a member the California Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Peak Systems, a Seattle-based web design company.

Jeff has served as a moot court judge for Stanford University Law School and has spoken on internet and copyright issues at Hastings College of the Law, Stanford University Law School, King Hall (UC Davis School of Law) and American University Law School in Washington, D.C. He has also been a guest speaker at conferences of the Intellectual Property Division of the Washington and Oregon Bar Associations.


Jeff earned a degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (1984) and his law degree summa cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1987). While at Hastings, he was an Articles Editor for the Hastings Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif and the Thurston Society.

Honors & Awards

Jeff is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Commercial Litigation category and as a Northern California SuperLawyer.

Case Studies


Coblentz has represented SoundExchange, Inc., in more than fifty separate enforcement efforts against Internet webcasters who are non-compliant with the reporting and royalty requirements of the Copyright Act. SoundExchange is the entity designated by the United States Copyright Office to...