Stefan Knirr

Stefan Knirr

PHONE: 1 212 885-9296
  • Foreign and domestic patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution
  • Life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals


Stefan Knirr, PhD joined Abelman Frayne & Schwab in 2018 as of Counsel in the patent department. His practice is focused on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in various fields of technology, with an emphasis in the life science, biotechnology and pharmaceutical arts. His experience includes all phases of domestic and foreign patent prosecution, including patent prosecution under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Prior to joining the firm Stefan was an associate at an IP-focused boutique law firm in New York, where he represented and advised clients in all areas of intellectual property prosecution.
Stefan brings to his client engagements his experience as a researcher for more than a decade and his in-depth knowledge in the biotech and life science field. During his academic career, Stefan conducted research in genetics and developmental biology using transgenic animal models and molecular biology and biochemistry techniques.

Bar and Court Admissions
New York, 2005
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Professional Affiliations
New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
German Association of Patent Practitioners (VPP)

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2004
Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, PhD, Molecular Biology, 1996
Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, MA, Biology, 1993