BSKB News

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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • January 1, 2013

    BSKB Named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report

    BSKB is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers in their 2013 survey of Best Law Firms. BSKB was ranked in Tier 1 for Trademark Law (National) and for Patent Law and Trademark Law (Washington, DC), and in Tier 2 for Copyright Law and Patent Law (National) and Copyright Law (Washington, DC). BSKB also congratulates partner James Slattery, who was listed as a Best Lawyer® in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright law. BSKB’s listing can be found here.

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  • January 1, 2013

    Industry Insiders Make Patent Wishes for 2013

    BSKB partner Charles Gorenstein is among those sharing their wishes for the IP world for 2013 in this IP Watchdog article.

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  • January 1, 2013

    BSKB Named Among American Lawyer Media’s 2013 “Go-To” Law Firms

    Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch is pleased to announce that it has been recognized among American Lawyer Media’s (ALM) 2013 “Go-To Law Firms for the Top 500 Companies.” Specifically, the firm was recognized for its work with Google Inc. as its “Go-To” firm for Intellectual Property.

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  • January 1, 2013

    BSKB Ranked in Top 20 Trademark Firms for 2013

    Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB) is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized in the top 20 firms on Intellectual Property Today magazine’s “2013 Top Trademark Firms” list.

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  • January 1, 2012

    Industry Insiders Make Patent Wishes for 2012

    BSKB’s Charles Gorenstein is among those sharing their patent wishes for 2012 in this IP Watchdog article.

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  • November 5, 2011

    BSKB Partners to Present Lectures in Tokyo on U.S. Patent Law Changes

    BSKB partners have been invited to speak in Tokyo, Japan to members of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) and members of the Association for the Study of International & Foreign Patent & Trademark Laws & Practice (INFOPAT). They will present a lecture entitled “U.S. Patent Reform: America Invents Act.” Partners Marc S. Weiner and MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., will speak to members of the JPAA on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 5, 2011. On the evening of Friday, October 14, 2011, partners Marc S. Weiner and Eugene T. Perez will speak to members of INFOPAT. These lectures will be sponsored by the Yamanashi Committee of the JPAA and INFOPAT, respectively.

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  • January 1, 2010

    BSKB Partner MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. Elected as Member of Editorial Board of Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review

    BSKB is proud to announce that partner MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. has been elected as a member of the editorial board of Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review (LSIPR).

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  • January 1, 2010

    BSKB Partners to Co-Chair and Lecture at PLI Seminars

    BSKB partners Leonard R. Svensson and Gerald M. Murphy, Jr., will serve as co-chairs of the PLI seminar “Reissue and Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation.” Mr. Svensson will co-chair the San Francisco seminar, and Mr. Murphy will co-chair the New York seminar. Fellow BSKB partner Eugene T. Perez will speak at the New York seminar. Mr. Murphy and Mr. Svensson are also featured speakers at PLI’s 5th Annual Patent Law Institute.

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  • May 13, 2020

    BSKB to Host Webinars on Post Grant Proceedings – Register Today!

    BSKB is partnering with Managing IP to present two complimentary webinars on post grant proceedings. Partners Gerald Murphy, Jr. and Eugene Perez will explore the various stages of post grant proceedings and examine issues that petitioners and patent owners should keep in mind when entering into these proceedings. The first webinar, Pitfalls in the First Phase of Post Grant Proceedings, will be held on April 16, 2015 at 4pm EST and will focus on common mistakes made during the first phase of post grant proceedings, namely the filing of the Petition and up through the Institution Decision. Issues covered will include what to allege in the Petition, redundancy, the real party in interest requirement (including privity), joinder, estoppel and claim construction.

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  • April 6, 2020

    Intel, Apple Using Antitrust as New Weapon in Patent Fights

    Tech giants are testing the water of new legal theories It could subject non-practicing corporate entities to additional scrutiny Two Silicon Valley giants are testing a relatively new legal argument that non-practicing corporate entities that hoard patents and make aggressive demands can commit antitrust violations.

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