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Legal Counsel for Creatives,

Start-ups and 

Small Busineses






Trademark searches, clearance and risk analysis U.S. and foreign trademark applicationsResponses to Office Actions | USPTO Opposition and Cancellation ProceedingsLicensing | Trademark infringement | Domain




License Agreements | Non-disclosure Agreements | Work-for-Hire Agreements | Developer Agreements Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policies | Sweepstakes Rules


Sweepstakes | Contests | Prizes



Utility Patent Applications

Design Patents | Plant Patents

Provisional Applications | Patent Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings | Licensing


Copyright registrations | Fair Use analysis | Content clearance Licensing | Copyright infringement


Regulatory compliance | Risk assessment | IP portfolio management | On-call legal advice.



Intellectual property enforcement | Cease and Desist Letters | DMCA compliance Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings  | Subpoena defense

a different law firm

Nimble, innovative and willing to be radically unconventional, Knowmad Law takes its inspiration from the nomadic Steppe cavalry who vexed sedentary societies throughout Eurasian history. We strive to deploy our knowledge and legal acumen with the same efficiency and devastating effectiveness with which these mounted warriors loosed their arrows.

Hun. Turk. Mongol. Comanche. Nomads have repeatedly disrupted the established kingdoms they encountered. These nomads didn't build walled cities or invest in vast armies of heavily armored footmen. Instead, they leveraged new technologies like stirrups and gunpowder and proceeded with a mindset unconstrained by traditional dogma about how their forces (and their society more generally) should be organized.  Able to fire their bows backwards in the saddle, they engaged in feigned retreats, hit-and-runs, and other tactics that confounded their lumbering and complacent contemporaries.

Traditional law firms are stuck in the age of the armored footman, delivering services in ways that no longer fit the needs of modern small and mid-sized businesses. Unable or unwilling to adapt, the legal industry continues to pass along to its clients the costs of its obsolete practices and useless overhead, charging fees as inflated as they are opaque.


At Knowmad Law, we understand the world has changed. You need legal counsel that’s fast, responsive and armed with the right weapons.


Meet Chris

Christopher R. McElwain is Knowmad Law's principal attorney. Whether you’re filing a trademark application, drafting a business contract or confronting an infringement issue, chances are you’ll be working directly with Chris every step of the way from day one.

Chris is experienced in a range of practice areas affecting business owners and creative professionals, including trademarks, patents, copyright, trade secrets, plant variety protection, domain names, licensing and other contracts, and IP and contract disputes.


Meet Rudy

Rudolph Darken is a patent attorney specializing in software and computing technology. He is a professor of computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, with research interests ranging from artificial intelligence to virutal/augmented reality.

Rudy's provides invaluable expertise to clients seeking to protect their innovations, particularly in the information technology sector.


by Knowmad Law


simple explanations

of basic legal issues

Lexplainer: Do You Need to Register Your Trademark?

Lexplainer: Do You Need to Register Your Trademark?

Lexplainer: Do You Need to Register Your Trademark?

Lexplainer - Can I "Trademark" That?

Lexplainer - Can You File a Trademark Application without a Lawyer?




Mailing Address:

484 Washington St., Ste. B-313 Monterey, CA 93940​

Main Office:

207 16th St., Suite 211

Pacific Grove, CA 93950


Tel:  831-275-1401

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