BSKB News

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

  • March 9, 2016

    Law360 Quotes Partner Charles Gorenstein on Recent Patent Agent Privilege Decision

    BSKB partner Charles Gorenstein was quoted in a March 9, 2016 Law360 article discussing the recent Federal Circuit decision regarding patent agent privilege. The decision recognizes a privilege that applies to communication between patent applicants and patent agents, but extends only to communications necessary to prosecute patents and to engage in other activities for which agents are authorized. Prior to this decision, some district courts recognized patent agent privilege, while others did not. Mr. Gorenstein states, “The biggest effect here is the certainty. The court has taken an issue that has been bouncing around the district courts for a time and let everyone know where the line is. We know where there is privilege and where there is not privilege, and certainty is good.”

  • February 28, 2016

    BSKB Ranked in Top Ten Firms for Number of Utility Patents, Design Patents and Trademarks in 2015

    BSKB is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked among the top ten U.S. firms for the number of utility patents, design patents and trademarks granted in 2015. BSKB was ranked third for number of utility patents granted, eighth for number of design patents granted and sixth for number of trademarks granted. Since 2005, BSKB has been consistently ranked in the top five patent firms based on utility patents granted. This year’s reports were compiled by Ant-like Persistence and can be found here.

  • January 1, 2016

    BSKB Recognized by Legal 500 U.S. for 2016

    BSKB has been recognized by the Legal 500 U.S. 2016 for its patent prosecution practice, which includes re-examination and post grant proceedings. The firm was recognized for its recent successful representation “in IPR proceedings at the PTAB challenging three patents relating to the treatment of Pompe disease,” as well as expertise in life sciences, biotechnology and mechanical engineering.

  • January 1, 2016

    BSKB Attorneys Recognized as IP Stars by Managing IP for 2016

    BSKB attorneys MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., Paul Lewis, Michael Mutter and Leonard Svensson have been recognized by Managing IP as IP Stars for 2016. This is the fourth year in a row that Dr. Armstrong and Mr. Lewis have been recognized as IP Stars. BSKB was also listed as “recommended” for intellectual property in Virginia. The results of the 2016 survey can be found here. The IP Stars rankings, published annually by Managing IP, are based on peer and client recommendations.

  • January 1, 2016

    BSKB Honored as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report

    Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB) is pleased to announce that the firm has again been included in the “Best Law Firms” list, which is published by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.

  • January 1, 2016

    BSKB Recognized by IAM Patent 1000 for 2016

    BSKB is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized by IAM Patent 1000, a guide to patent lawyers and firms complied by Intellectual Asset Management. BSKB was ranked for patent prosecution in the Washington, DC metro area, and the firm’s post grant practice was highlighted. Also mentioned was the firm’s post grant-specific website, postgrantproceedings.com.

  • November 6, 2015

    BSKB Partners with Regimbeau and JPAA to Present Seminar for Newly Admitted Japanese Attorneys

    On November 6, 2015, partner MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., and Regimbeau’s Jérôme Collin will present a half day seminar on U.S. and European practice for newly admitted Japanese patent attorneys. The seminar, sponsored by the Japanese Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

  • November 5, 2015

    BSKB Presents Seminar in Japan with Regimbeau and JPAA

    BSKB partners MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., and Chad Billings will co-present a one-day seminar on U.S. and European practice with Regimbeau’sJérôme Collin and Frédérique Faivre Petit. The seminar will be sponsored by the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), and will take place in Tokyo, Japan on November 5, 2015 and in Osaka, Japan on November 10, 2015. Specific topics include priority applications and amendments in the U.S. and Europe and post-grant proceedings in the U.S. and Europe.

  • October 24, 2015

    BSKB to Host Japan Intellectual Property Association’s F8 Course

    BSKB is pleased to announce its partnership with the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) in hosting JIPA’s annual F8 Course on October 24-28, 2016. BSKB attorneys will lecture on post grant proceedings, and provide members an opportunity to participate in a post grant workshop.

  • July 23, 2015

    Partner MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. Quoted in Life Sciences IP Review on CAFC Amgen v. Sandoz Decision

    BSKB partner MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., was quoted in the July 23, 2015 Life Sciences IP Review article entitled “‘Patent Dance’ Ruling Leaves Lawyers in a Spin.” Discussing the recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s (CAFC) decision in Amgen v. Sandoz, Dr. Armstrong said that although she believed the court’s ruling was the “interpretation that the biosimilar industry was hoping for”, there is a lack of clarity over the 180-day rule. Furthermore, “what is the penalty if the applicant does not provide the reference product sponsor with the required 180-day notice? This question was not answered in the dispute because Sandoz provided notice after they received approval. But what would be Amgen’s recourse if Sandoz did not provide notice and simply launched their product?”

  • March 18, 2015

    BSKB Sponsors 2015 Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum

    BSKB is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2015 Managing IP U.S. Patent Forum, which will be held in Washington, DC on March 18, 2015. The forum brings together in-house IP counsel, academics, private practice attorneys and others in the IP world for a day of discussion on litigation, licensing, patent protection and important developments in U.S. IP. Speakers include Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle Lee, as well as others in industry and private practice. BSKB partner Eugene T. Perez will serve as a panel moderator at the forum.

  • March 1, 2015

    BSKB Represents Petitioner in IPR Invalidation of Claims of BioPharma Patents

    March 2015 – BSKB team (Gerald M. Murphy Jr., MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., Eugene T. Perez and Lynde F. Herzbach) represented the petitioner in what appear to be the first final decisions in an inter partes review (IPR) in the biopharmaceutical field. In these decisions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held that the challenged claims of two patents owned by Genzyme and one patent owned by Duke University were invalid over prior art. The patents were directed to a method of treating Pompe disease by enzyme replacement therapy. For copies of the decisions, please see IPR2013-00537, IPR2013-00534 and IPR2013-00535.

  • January 1, 2015

    BSKB Attorneys Recognized by Legal 500 U.S. for 2015

    BSKB partners MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., Michael Cammarata, Charles Gorenstein, Gerald Murphy, Jr. and Michael Mutter have been recognized by the Legal 500 United States in 2015. The annual Legal 500 U.S. rankings are based on peer and client recommendations.

  • January 1, 2015

    BSKB Ranked as Top Three Patent Firm in 2015 by IP Today

    BSKB is pleased to announce its ranking as the number three patent firm in the United States in IP Today’s annual “Top Patent Firms” report. The rankings are based on the number of U.S. utility patents issued in 2014. BSKB has been consistently ranked in the top five patent firms in the IP Today report since 2005. The 2015 “Top Patent Firms” report can be viewed here.

  • October 24, 2014

    BSKB Presents Seminar in Japan with Regimbeau and JPAA

    BSKB partners MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., and Chad Billings will co-present a one-day seminar on U.S. and European practice with Regimbeau’s Jerome Collin. The seminar will be sponsored by the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), and will take place in Tokyo, Japan on October 22, 2014 and in Osaka, Japan on October 24, 2014.

  • October 15, 2014

    BSKB Partners with Regimbeau and UBIC to Present IP Litigation Seminar in Japan

    BSKB will partner with European IP firm Regimbeau and with UBIC Patent Partners, a company that provides IP and litigation support services, to present a seminar in Japan on “Recent Trends in U.S. and EU Intellectual Property Litigation.” BSKB partners Mark Weiner, MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., and Chad Billings will discuss recent the U.S. Supreme Court decisions of Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank, Myriad and Limelight Networks vs. Akamai Technologies and their impact on IP law and strategy. Jérôme Collin from Regimbeau will discuss strategies for planning for a litigation in the EU.

  • November 1, 2013

    BSKB Named Among “Best Law Firms” by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report

    November 1, 2013 Falls Church, Va. – Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB) is pleased to announce that the firm has again been included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list, which is published by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report.

  • October 14, 2013

    BSKB Partners with Regimbeau to Offer Patent Seminar in China

    On October 14, 2013, BSKB will partner with Regimbeau, a major European IP firm, to offer a patent seminar in Beijing, China. The seminar will discuss how to draft quality international patents from both the U.S. and European perspectives, and will offer Chinese patent attorneys and engineers practical insight into patent drafting for the purposes of building a global patent portfolio. MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., partner at BSKB, will present at the seminar, along with Jérôme Collin from Regimbeau.

  • January 29, 2013

    BSKB Ranked in Managing IP’s 2013 Leading Patent Firms Survey

    BSKB has been recognized by Managing IP in their 2013 survey of leading patent firms. The firm has been ranked in the patent prosecution category, moving from Tier 4 in 2012 to Tier 3 in 2013. Results are based on extensive research, as well as client feedback. Subscribers can view the survey results on the Managing IP website.

  • January 1, 2013

    BSKB Ranked as Number Three Patent Firm in 2013 by IP Today

    Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch, LLP is proud to be ranked third in IP Today‘s “Top Patent Firms” for the number of U.S. utility patents issued in 2012. BSKB has been ranked in the top five patent firms by IP Today since 2005. The 2013 rankings can be viewed here.

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