BSKB News

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

  • May 12, 2020

    Andrew Meikle to Attend FICPI EXCO Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia

    Andrew D. Meikle, President-Elect of the U.S. Section of Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI), will attend the FICPI EXCO meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, held January 20-24, 2013. Mr. Meikle previously served as Treasurer of the U.S. Section of FICPI.

  • February 26, 2021

    High Court Mulls Taking Up Diagnostic Patent Eligibility Fight

    Partner MaryAnne Armstrong was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article discussing Ariosa’s appeal to the Supreme Court of a Federal Circuit decision reviving Illumina Inc.'s fetal DNA test patents and what the outcome could mean for patent eligibility in the biotech industry.

  • May 12, 2020

    BSKB Partner Gerald Murphy to Speak at 2015 PLI Patent Law Institute

    BSKB partner Gerald M. Murphy, Jr. has been invited to speak at the Practising Law Institute (PLI)’s 2015 Patent Law Institute. The 2015 Patent Law Institute will be held in New York, NY on February 2-3, 2015, and in San Francisco, CA on March 16-17, 2015. The seminar provides up to date information about U.S. patent law from seasoned practitioners, who lead breakout sessions that go into depth on such issues as prosecution and litigation. Mr. Murphy has been a speaker at the annual Patent Law Institute since 2009.

  • May 12, 2020

    BSKB Partners Gerald Murphy and Craig McRobbie to Present at 2017 PLI Patent Law Institute

    BSKB partners Gerald M. Murphy, Jr. and Craig A. McRobbie will present lectures on chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech patent prosecution and post grant practice at the Practising Law Institute (PLI)’s 11th Annual Patent Law Institute in April 2017. The annual Patent Law Institute is directed towards patent prosecutors, patent litigators and strategic/transactional lawyers, and features plenary sessions as well as separate breakout sessions for each subgroup of practitioners. Other featured speakers include federal judges, government officials, academics and in-house counsel, and the sessions will cover updates to laws affecting patent practice as well as practical suggestions for practitioners. The 2017 Patent Law Institute will be held in New York, NY on April 6-7, 2017 and in San Francisco, CA and via webcast on April 27-28, 2017. Mr. Murphy and Mr. McRobbie have been speakers at the Patent Law Institute since 2009 and 2016, respectively.

  • May 8, 2020

    CAFC Reverses USPTO Ruling on Leo Pharma Patent

    The Federal Circuit reversed a USPTO decision of obviousness and claim construction on Leo Pharmaceutical Products Ltd.’s psoriasis drug patent on Monday, August 12, 2013. The Federal Circuit’s decision to reverse the USPTO’s conclusion (Director Rea) that the patent was unpatentable was made after finding that Leo Pharmaceutical’s invention solved the long-felt but unmet need of storage stability of the drug, which the prior art did not address. The Federal Circuit also found that the USPTO erred in its claim construction of “storage stable” in the reexamined patent claims. BSKB’s Andrew Meikle, Leonard Svensson, and Eugene Perez are among the representatives of Leo Pharmaceuticals Products Ltd. The inter partes reexamination control number is 95/000153 and was originally filed in 2006.

  • May 12, 2020

    BSKB Partners to Speak on U.S. Patent Law Changes to INFOPAT Group in Japan

    BSKB partners Marc S. Weiner and Eugene T. Perez have been invited to speak in Tokyo, Japan to members of the Association for the Study of International & Foreign Patent Trademark Laws & Practice (INFOPAT) on May 10, 2012. Their lecture, entitled “First Inventor to File, Prior Art and Priority under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: Transitioning to the New U.S. Patent Law,” will cover the changes to 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 (anticipation) and 103 (obviousness/inventive step) due to the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA). This lecture will also cover §§ 102/103 before and after the effective law date of March 16, 2013, as well as specific topics such as the 1-year grace period, when U.S. patents and patent application publications are available as prior art, and filing by an assignee.

  • May 12, 2020

    Andrew Meikle to Speak at FICPI’s 16th Open Forum in St. Petersburg

    BSKB partner Andrew D. Meikle will speak at the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI) 16th Open Forum, held October 5-8, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Meikle, who is President of the U.S. section of FICPI, will be speaking on a panel addressing how companies can better protect their inventions and improve internal processes, such as communication with inventors. The FICPI Open Forum offers attendees from around the world a chance to come together to discuss the changing landscape of IP, with specialized sessions for patent attorneys and trademark attorneys, as well as sessions on business practice issues.

  • May 12, 2020

    BSKB Partners Gerald Murphy and Craig McRobbie to Present at 2016 PLI Patent Law Institute

    BSKB partners Gerald M. Murphy, Jr. and Craig A. McRobbie will present lectures on chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech patents at the Practising Law Institute (PLI)’s 10th Annual Patent Law Institute in 2016. The 2016 Patent Law Institute will be held in New York, NY on April 14-15, 2016, and in San Francisco, CA on May 5-6, 2016. Mr. Murphy has been a speaker at the annual Patent Law Institute since 2009.

  • May 11, 2020

    Law360 Article Features Advice from BSKB Partners James M. Slattery and John W. Bailey

    BSKB partners James M. Slattery and John W. Bailey were featured in the recent Law360 article “Welcome To The Club: Advice From Old To New Partners.” Veteran partners were asked to offer advice based on their years of experience to those recently promoted to the role.

  • May 11, 2020

    Partner MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. comments on the Federal Circuit’s recent precedential decision in Natural Alternatives International Inc. v. Creative Compounds LLC.

    Read the full article here.

  • May 11, 2020

    Andrew Meikle Presents on AIA Strategies at FICPI ABC Meeting

    BSKB partner Andrew D. Meikle participated in the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI) ABC Meeting in New Orleans, where he presented a lecture entitled “How the USPTO Rules Implement the AIA: Prosecution Strategies and Tips.” The meeting took place May 15 – 18, 2013. Mr. Meikle is President-Elect of the U.S. Section of FICPI.

  • May 11, 2020

    Intellectual Property Watch Quotes Michael K. Mutter on the Case of Alice Corp. v. CLS

    BSKB partner Michael K. Mutter was quoted in a recent Intellectual Property Watch article on the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS. Regarding the decision of Federal Circuit on this case, he said, “I don’t think anyone right now knows what the law is.” Mr. Mutter was also quoted as saying, “You have a 50-50 divided Federal Circuit producing diametrically opposed opinions. I’ve been doing this for 34 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

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