Joseph A. Kolasch

Founding Ptr./Sr. Counsel


Joseph Kolasch has been working in the patent field since 1960, beginning as an Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). After leaving the USPTO, he worked for private patent law firms until he started his own firm with Mr. Raymond Stewart in 1971, which became Birch, Stewart, Kolasch and Birch in 1976. Since entering private practice, Mr. Kolasch has developed considerable experience in USPTO practice, including both prosecution and interference practice. He has also developed particular experience in licensing matters, negotiations, trademarks, patent validity and infringement opinions and related matters. Mr. Kolasch has lectured internationally on many occasions both in Europe and Asia.

Mr. Kolasch has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the fields of general chemistry, organic chemistry, including polymer chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering.


Speaking Engagements

    Current Speaking Engagements

    Previous Speaking Engagements

  • Patent Law Institute 2020: Critical Issues & Best Practices

    PLI 2020: Live Webcast

    April 02 2020
  • New Trademark Developments and Rules in the U.S.P.T.O

    Trademark Day Sweden

    January 23 2020
  • Inter-Collegiate Licensing Association Winter Symposium

    ICLA Winter Symposium

    January 15 2020
  • Claim Drafting and Amendment Workshop Under EP and US Practices

    2019 JPAA Workshop

    November 01 2019


  • July 24, 2020

    Washington, D.C. NFL Team Loses Race to the Trademark Office: Does it Matter?

    by Michael. T Smith | IPWatchDog

    In surveys throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, three possible replacement names have emerged as favorites among the fans: Warriors, Red Wolves, and Redtails. Armed with the knowledge of the name change and the relative popularity of the possible replacement names, two enterprising individuals have applied to obtain a federal trademark registration for the marks WARRIORS, WASHINGTON RED WOLVES, and WASHINGTON REDTAILS, respectively. Neither applicant appears to be connected to the owners of the Washington D.C. professional football team.

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  • July 10, 2020

    Could good intentions lead to future danger?

    by MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. | LSIPR

    MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. discusses the potential risks to IP rights with open-access to technology, medicines and devices in the fight against COVID-19 in the latest issue of LSIPR.

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