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At BSKB, we combine industry knowledge with intellectual property law expertise. That’s why all of the intellectual property law attorneys and technical advisors in our Chemical Practice Group have either undergraduate or graduate degrees in chemistry or chemical engineering. Many of us began our careers as patent examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), chemists, process engineers or professors.

Our diverse technical backgrounds and experiences help us to better understand complex chemistries and highly technical engineering issues. We prepare and prosecute hundreds of chemical patent applications in the USPTO, and various foreign countries, each year.

We represent pharmaceutical and chemical companies around the world and have prosecuted chemical patents in the areas of polymer chemistry, chemical processing and synthesis, catalysts, materials science, organic and inorganic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, physical chemistry and nanotechnology.

 

 

Attorneys and Professionals

  • MaryAnne Armstrong

    MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D.

    Partner

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  • John Bailey

    John W. Bailey

    Partner

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  • Hailey Bureau

    Hailey R. Bureau, Ph.D.

    Registered Patent Agent

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  • Estella M Gustilo, Ph.D.

    Registered Patent Agent

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  • Joesph Kolasch

    Joseph A. Kolasch

    Retired Partner

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  • Toyohiko Konno

    Toyohiko Konno

    Registered Patent Agent

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  • Laura C. Lutz

    Of Counsel

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  • Craig McRobbie

    Craig A. McRobbie

    Partner

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  • September 23, 2021

    USPTO DOCX Filings

    Effective January 1, 2022, a USPTO surcharge fee of $400 (large entity), $200 (small entity) and $100 (micro entity) will apply for non-DOCX filings. The surcharge fee applies to utility non-provisional application filings (e.g., the specification, claims, and abstract must be in DOCX format to avoid the surcharge; drawings are not subject to this requirement). The DOCX surcharge does not apply to US National Stage Applications or PCT International Applications filed in the US Receiving Office. Drawings may be filed as PDF or DOCX documents. There is no surcharge for drawings not filed as DOCX documents. DOCX is a structured text-based Microsoft Word document. To avoid the USPTO surcharge, our policy at BSKB will be to require a DOCX format for all utility non-provisional applications (preferred for National Stage and PCT applications, but not required) filed on or after January 1, 2022. The USPTO already accepts DOCX filings, and we recommend that you commence sending applications in DOCX format as soon as possible.

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