BSKB News

Learn about BSKB’s announcements, recognitions, and other firm news below.

  • July 21, 2020

    Partner Michael Smith is quoted in today's Law360 article regarding a rare Listerine royalty auction

    Unlike patents and copyrights, which have a set lifespan, "trade secrets basically last forever as long as you can keep a secret," said Michael Smith of Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP. A modern trade secrets contract would likely take that into account and call for the agreement to terminate if the secret became known, "which would mean the obligation obviously to continue paying would likewise terminate at that time," he said.

  • July 20, 2020

    Partner Michael Smith quoted in the Washington Business Journal

    Washington’s NFL team could still profit off its discarded name

  • June 23, 2020

    Michael T. Smith Named New Partner at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch

    BSKB is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael T. Smith as a Partner. Michael T. Smith joined BSKB in 2012 having practiced in the intellectual property field since 2001. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law, including clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement, and licensing. His practice also includes patent prosecution, litigation in federal district courts, and inter partes matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Smith’s litigation experience includes the representation of clients from a variety of industries, including media, technology, hospitality and manufacturing. Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University and his JD from the University of Akron School of Law.

  • May 18, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Revives Part Of Hearing Aid Patent Challenge

    Oticon is represented by David R. Anderson and Eugene Perez of Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP. The case is Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB v. Oticon Medical AB et al., case numbers, 19-1105 and 19-1106, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • May 15, 2020

    BSKB Partners Recognized as IP STARS

    BSKB partners MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., Paul C. Lewis, and Michael K. Mutter have been named IP Stars by Managing IP.

  • March 23, 2020

    MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. discusses IP rights related to diagnostic testing

    Covid-19 Spotlights Ruling’s Chilling Effect on Diagnostic Tests

  • March 16, 2020

    Firm News – COVID-19

    Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB) is aware of the concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following the rapid developments and we are closely following the guidance of local health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization to protect our employees, clients, and guests.

  • March 5, 2020

    Stephanie Grosvenor chats with Bloomberg Law about an antitrust case involving two tech giants, Intel Corp. and Apple Inc.

    Intel, Apple Using Antitrust as New Weapon in Patent Fights

  • February 28, 2020

    Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP recognized by Legal 500.

    Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP has been editorially recommended and ranked in the Patents: Prosecution area of the current edition of Legal 500.

  • February 27, 2020

    U.S. Brand Protection & Trademark Seminar Postponed

  • February 26, 2020

    Mike Smith weighs in on a complex trademark battle between LeBron James and a Maryland-based nonprofit in Bloomberg Law

    BSKB’s Michael Smith weighs in on a complex trademark battle between LeBron James and a Maryland-based nonprofit.

  • January 16, 2020

    Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch names Catherine M. Voisinet as Partner

    Falls Church, Virginia – January 16, 2020. Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB), an Intellectual Property law firm based in Falls Church, Virginia, has named Catherine M. Voisinet a partner with the firm effective January 1, 2020. Ms. Voisinet’s practice focuses on counseling domestic and international clients that have interests in many fields of complex technologies, including software and hardware computer technology, electrical, mechanical, business method and bio-informatics.

  • November 4, 2019

    Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP ranked in 2020 “Best Law Firms”

    click here to read the release.

  • November 1, 2019

    BSKB sponsors WIPR – World IP Review Influential Women in IP Project

    BSKB is a proud sponsor of the World IP Review Influential Women in IP Project. The initiative will place a positive spotlight on the development and progress that women have made in creating, protecting and securing IP, as well as supporting and enabling women to move forward in their respective industries. Partner MaryAnne Armstrong and Hailey Bureau will represent BSKB at the project’s opening event. Read more here.

  • September 12, 2019

    BSKB participates in a commemorative joint seminar with Japanese and European patent/law firms in Japan

    Partner Gerald Murphy and Associate Toyohiko Konno shared their expertise and U.S. perspectives regarding revisions to claims.

  • March 8, 2018

    BSKB Ranks #3 in Top Trademark Firms for 2017

    BSKB is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked number three for trademarks obtained in 2017. BSKB obtained 704 trademarks in 2017, moving up from sixth in the rankings. The reports are compiled by the Ant-Like Persistence blog and can be found here.

  • March 8, 2018

    BSKB Ranks #4 in Top Patent Firms for Design Patents in 2017

    BSKB is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked number four for design patents issued in 2017. BSKB obtained 446 design patents in 2017, moving up from fifth place in the rankings. The reports are compiled by the Ant-Like Persistence blog and can be found here.

  • February 28, 2018

    BSKB Ranks #3 in Top Patent Firms for Utility Patents in 2017

    BSKB is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked number three for utility patents issued in 2017. BSKB obtained 3607 utility patents in 2017, maintaining third place in the rankings. The reports are compiled by the IP Watchdog blog and can be found here.

  • January 1, 2018

    BSKB Recognized by IAM Patent 1000

    BSKB was recognized in the 2018 issue of IAM Patent 1000 as a Recommended Firm for our Prosecution practice. A spotlight was placed on our Life Science practice area with the recommendation of Dr. MaryAnne Armstrong, one of our partners.

  • April 1, 2017

    BSKB Announces Elevation of Lynde Herzbach and Chad Wells to Partnership

    BSKB is pleased to announce that Lynde Herzbach and Chad Wells have been elevated to the partnership of the firm. Ms. Herzbach focuses her practice on litigation and post grant proceedings for clients in a variety of fields, including software, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing processes. She also has experience with patent prosecution in the area of electrical engineering. Ms. Herzbach received her B.S.E., cum laude, from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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