October 23, 2014

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Phone: 202-371-2600
Website: www.skgf.com

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is a leading specialty IP law firm, based in Washington, DC and distinguished by the strong technical experience and knowledge of its team. Sterne Kessler has more than 35 years’ experience helping companies to strategize, build and enforce worldwide IP portfolios, including inter partes matters (lawsuits, appeals, oppositions, and post-grant proceedings like inter partes review and covered business method patent review), preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications before the US and foreign patent offices and advising on portfolio strategies (valuation, acquisition and due diligence).

Sterne Kessler attorneys and agents are carefully recruited for their technical expertise and industry experience. Most have earned an advanced technical degree (more than 60 hold a PhD) and have significant industry or academic experience across a wide spectrum of technical areas, including electronics, software, biotechnology, clean technology, pharmaceuticals, grid resiliency, chemical products and processes and consumer products. Many of our patent prosecution attorneys have previously worked as patent examiners and have unique insights into the inner workings of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Sterne Kessler’s client base includes emerging and established companies, venture capital firms, individual entrepreneurs and universities – from technology fields such as carbon footprint technologies, pharmacogenomics, nanomedicine, biofuels, next generation electronics and other consumer products. While the firm provides a full range of services, it is organized internally around four main practice groups in the Washington DC office: the biotechnology/chemical group, the electrical group, the mechanical/consumer products group and the litigation group. In total, more than 350 people are employed at the firm.

Sterne Kessler announced its patent office litigation service as a response to the implementation of the America Invents Act beginning in 2012. The law has ushered in a variety of ways either to challenge or to strengthen patents at the USPTO, including inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method patent review, derivations, interferences and reexamination. The service relies on extensive knowledge of the USPTO to assist clients in navigating these new litigation proceedings at the patent office.

The firm’s main areas of service include: business methods filings; design patents; due diligence; Hatch-Waxman: generic and proprietary; IP valuation; interferences; inventorship dispute resolutions; ITC Section 337 investigations; licensing; litigation and appeals; patent forensics; patent prosecution; patent re-examination; product lifecycle management; opinions; oppositions; strategic IP advice; trademarks; and trade secrets/unfair competition.

Key industries serviced by the firm include biosimilars, biotechnology, chemistry, clean technology, consumer products, electronics, food science and packaging, industrial products, internet, infectious diseases, medical devices, nanotechnology, software, pharmaceuticals and the grid.

Contributing authors from Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.:

Richard M. Bemben, Patent Law, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Associate
Mr. Bemben is an associate in the firm’s Electronics Group.  His practice currently focuses on patent prosecution and post-grant matters before the United States Patent and...
202-772-8549
www.skgf.com
Salvador M. Bezos, Sterne Kessler Law Firm, Patent and Trademark Director
Director
Mr. Bezos is a Director in the firm's Electronics Group where he provides services in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the United States Patent...
202-772-8533
www.skgf.com
Lori M. Brandes, Biotechnology, Chemical Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law Firm
Associate
Dr. Brandes is an associate in the firm's Biotechnology/Chemical Group where she counsels domestic and international clients on the preparation, prosecution, and...
202-772-8836
www.skgf.com
Ph.D. Director
Dr. Calvo, a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group, represents a diverse group of U.S. and international companies innovating in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries....
202-772-8846
www.skgf.com
Michele A. Cimbala, Biotechnology, Chemical, Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law firm
Director
Dr. Cimbala is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.  Her practice is focused on biotechnology patent procurement and evaluation, including the preparation of patent...
202-772-8544
www.skgf.com
David K.S. Cornwell, CleanTech Patent Forensics Attorney Sterne Kessler law firm
Director
Mr. Cornwell heads the CleanTechSM Industry Group and the Patent Forensics Practice Group.  He is also a director in the Mechanical Group.  His technological experience is...
202-772-8580
www.skgf.com
John M. Covert, Biotechnology, Chemical Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law Firm
Director
Mr. Covert is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.  His practice is focused in technologies that involve organic chemistry, such as pharmaceuticals, coatings, fuels,...
202-772-8673
www.skgf.com
Nirav N. Desai, Patent Litigation Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law firm
Associate
Mr. Desai is an associate in the firm's Litigation and Electronics Groups and specializes in patent litigation.  He has been involved in various district and...
202-772-8858
www.skgf.com
Tracy-Gene Durkin, Mechanical Patent Trademark Attorney, Sterne Kessler law firm
Director
Ms. Durkin leads the Mechanical Patent and Trademark Group.  With over twenty years of experience obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, she melds her expertise with...
202-772-8660
www.skgf.com
Eldora Ellison Ph.D. Biotech Chemical Attorney Sterne Kessler law firm
Director
Dr. Ellison is a Director in the Biotech/Chemical and Litigation Practice Groups. Over the course of her nineteen-year career, she has gained extensive experience in inter partes ...
202-772-8508
www.skgf.com
Robert W. Esmond, Ph.D., Biotech, Chemical Attorney, Sterne Kessler Law firm
Director
Dr. Esmond is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.  His intellectual property law experience has principally been in the biotechnology and chemical areas.  His legal...
202-772-8560
www.skgf.com
Ivy Clarice Estoesta, Mechanical Design Attorney, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Associate
Ms. Estoesta is an associate in the Mechanical and Design practice group at Sterne Kessler.  Ms. Estoesta’s practice focuses on trademarks, design patents, and...
202-772-8686
www.skgf.com
Jeremiah B. Frueauf, Biotechnology, Chemical Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Associate
Mr. Frueauf is an associate in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group where he counsels domestic and international clients on the preparation, prosecution, and management of complex worldwide...
202-772-8506
www.skgf.com
Miklos Gaszner, Biotechnology attorney, Sterne Kessler law firm
Associate
Dr. Gaszner is an associate in the Biotechnology Group where he prosecutes US and international patent applications.  He also contributes to the preparation of freedom-to-operate...
202-772-8727
www.skgf.com
Marsha Rose Gillentine, Ph.D., Director, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Director
Dr. Gillentine is a Director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group focusing on the pharmaceutical industry.  Because Dr. Gillentine is intimately familiar with the Hatch-Waxman Act, and...
202-772-8692
www.skgf.com
Dallin G. Glenn, Sterne Kessler Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Associate
Mr. Glenn is an associate in the Litigation Group.  His work involves complex intellectual property disputes in U.S. District Courts and before the ITC.
202-772-8897
www.skgf.com
Jorge A. Goldstein, Ph.D. Biotechnology Patent Attorney, Sterne Kessler law firm
Director
A Pioneer in Biotechnology Patent Law, he is considered by his peers and clients to be one of the country’s pioneers in biotechnology patent law. He has more than thirty years’...
202-371-2600
www.skgf.com
Lori A. Gordon Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney Sterne Kessler law firm
Director
Lori Gordon is a director in both the Litigation and Electronics practice groups, focusing on inter partes matters, including district court litigation and contested case...
202-772-8862
www.skgf.com
Elizabeth J. Haanes, Ph.D., Biotechnology, IP Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law firm
Director
Dr. Haanes advises biotechnology companies on best practices for worldwide protection of their intellectual property.  She and her team are focused on formulating innovative long-term...
202-371-2600
www.skgf.com
Richard P. Hadorn, Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Associate
Mr. Hadorn is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and concentrates his practice on pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. During his career, he has managed all...
202-772-8890
www.skgf.com
John T. Haran, Patent Infringement Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Of Counsel
Mr. Haran is Of Counsel in the Mechanical Group. His intellectual property practice focuses on strategic client counseling, including preparing patent infringement and validity opinions,...
202-772-8643
www.skgf.com
Michelle K. Holoubek, Patent Prosecution Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Director
Ms. Holoubek is a director in the Electronics Group.  She focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patents, including reissues and reexaminations.  She...
202-772-8855
www.skgf.com
Kenley Hoover, PHd, Intellectual Property, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Director
Dr. Hoover, a Director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group, has firsthand understanding of his clients’ intellectual property and business needs and how they are impacted by an...
202.772.8773
www.skgf.com
Peter A. Jackman, Biotechnology, Chemical, Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Director
Mr. Jackman is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.  His  practice includes counseling clients in areas such as global patent portfolio procurement and management...
202-772-8582
www.skgf.com
Judith U. Kim, Biotechnology, Chemical, Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law firm
Director
Ms. Kim, a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group, counsels entities around the world on patent portfolio strategy and long-term corporate development.  Her practice involves the...
202-772-8678
www.skgf.com
William P. Ladd, Patent Prosecution Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Associate
Mr. Ladd is an associate in the Electronics Group.  He assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a broad variety of technical fields including...
202-772-8691
www.skgf.com
Gaby L. Longsworth, PhD. Biotechnology Chemical Attorney Sterne Kessler law firm
Director
Gaby L. Longsworth, Ph.D., is a Director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.   Dr. Longsworth is sought out by both innovator and generic pharmaceutical companies for her...
202-772-8824
www.skgf.com
Chenghua Luo, Ph.D., Patent Portfolio Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Associate
Dr. Luo is an associate in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.  She collaborates with clients on their patents and patent portfolio strategies.  She drafts, procures, and protects...
202-772-8753
www.skgf.com
Kevin W. McCabe, Intellectual Property Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Director
Mr. McCabe specializes in complex client counseling issues, such as product clearance opinions, patent validity and infringement opinions, performing due diligence investigations, and...
202-772-8856
www.skgf.com
Michael V. Messinger, Patent Prosecution attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Director
Mr. Messinger is a director in the Electronics Group. He handles complex patent matters involving inter partes and post-grant review, reexamination, reissue and appeals. He works with...
202.772.8667
www.skgf.com
Robert C. Millonig, Jr., Pharmaceutical Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Director
Dr. Millonig, a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group, has significant experience developing and analyzing complex multi-patent portfolios for marketed pharmaceutical products. His...
202-772-8653
www.skgf.com
Tracy L. Muller, Patent Portfolio Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Of Counsel
Ms. Muller counsels domestic and international biotechnology clients on the strategic preparation, prosecution, and management of complex worldwide patent portfolios.  Ms. Muller also...
202-772-8697
www.skgf.com
PTO Litigation Center
PTO Litigation Center is published by Washington, DC based intellectual property specialty firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox.  Founded in 1978, Sterne Kessler represents both...
202-371-2600
www.ptolitigationcenter.com
Mark W. Rygiel, Intellectual Property, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Director
Mark Rygiel, a director in the Mechanical Group, counsels a broad spectrum of entities ranging from large multi-national companies to small start-ups in developing IP strategies and...
202-772-8510
www.skgf.com
H. Keeto Sabharwal, Patent Law, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Director
An accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Sabharwal concentrates his practice in the area of patent litigation. For more than 15 years, he has litigated and tried patent cases in federal courts...
keetos@skgf.com
202-772-8511
www.skgf.com
Timothy J. Shea, Jr., Ph.D., Biotech Patent Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law firm
Director
Mr. Shea is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group where he specializes in advising biotech and chemical companies and research institutions on complex legal issues relating to the...
tshea@skgf.com
202-772-8679
www.skgf.com
Julie D. Shirk, Patent & Trademark Specialist, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Patent & Trademark Specialist
Julie D. Shirk joined Sterne Kessler in 1989 and continues to specialize in patents and trademarks in the firm's Mechanical Group.
jshirk@skgf.com
202-772-8632
www.skgf.com/
Robert E. Sokohl, Intellectual Property, Sterne Kessler Law firm
Director
Mr. Sokohl, a director in the Electronics Group, is a strategic adviser to multi-billion dollar companies, publicly-traded companies and start-ups.  He has prepared and prosecuted...
rsokohl@skgf.com
202.772.8677
www.skgf.com/
Director
Mr. Specht is a director in the firm and is the Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Electronics Group.  He also co-chairs the firm’s Communications Industry Group....
mspecht@skgf.com
202-772-8756
www.skgf.com/
Eric K. Steffe, Biotechnology Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law firm
Director
Mr. Steffe is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group where he counsels domestic and foreign clients in various matters involving biotechnology patent law. Mr. Steffe leads teams who...
esteffe@skgf.com
202-772-8625
www.skgf.com
Deborah Sterling, PhD., Biotechnology, Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Director
Dr. Sterling is a Director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group. Her practice is focused in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, where she is involved in all areas of patent...
dsterling@skgf.com
202-772-8501
www.skgf.com
Robert Greene Sterne, Patent Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law Firm
Director
Mr. Sterne is one of the leading patent attorneys in the United States in patent reexamination and concurrent patent litigation both in the federal courts and the United States...
rsterne@skgf.com
202-772-8555
www.skgf.com
Jonathan Strang, Attorney, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Associate
Mr. Strang is an associate in the firm's Litigation Group. He specializes in patent litigation in the courts and complex reexamination practice before the United States Patent &...
jstrang@skgf.com
202.772.8893
www.skgf.com
Monica Riva Talley, Trademark Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law Firm
Director
Monica Talley brings more than 17 years of experience protecting some of the world's most recognizable brands to her role as a Director in the firm’s Trademark practice.  Ms...
202-772-8688
www.skgf.com
Dennies Varughese, Patent litigation Law, SterneKessler Law FIrm
Associate
Mr. Varughese concentrates his practice on patent litigation with a special emphasis on pharmaceutical patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. 
202-772-8805
www.skgf.com
Jon Wright, Attorney, Sterne Kessler Law Firm
Director
Mr. Wright is active in all aspects of the firm’s patent practice, with a focus on contested proceedings before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  He is a...
202.772.8651
www.skgf.com
Daniel E. Yonan, Sterne Kessler Law Firm, Intellectual Property Attorney
Director
Daniel E. Yonan is an experienced intellectual property trial attorney focusing on complicated patent disputes before federal district courts and fast-track investigations before the U.S....
202-772-8899
www.skgf.com

LATEST LEGAL NEWS & ANALYSIS

TRENDING LEGAL ANALYSIS