Career Series: Susan Natland


Muireann Bolger

Career Series: Susan Natland


The chair of the USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee and Knobbe Martens partner explores the thrill of IP cases and how her enviable ‘super power’ has helped her career.

Tell us about the course of your career.

My career has followed a straight-forward path. Before I enrolled in law school, I was fortunate enough to identify IP law as the profession I wanted to pursue.

I was also thrilled to attend my “dream school” University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for law school. For my first summer job as a law student, I was accepted as a summer clerk at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, providing me with hands-on, practical litigation experience.

Susan Natland, USPTO, Knobbe Martens, IP law, trademarks, branding, litigation, gender equality, women in IP, enforcement, protection