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In 1978 at 26, Rob Sterne founded Sterne Kessler. Today, the firm is one of the highest-ranked intellectual property law firms in the world.

In 1978, at just 26 years old, Robert Greene Sterne set out to create a different kind of law firm — one that would recognize the contribution every person makes and one that would place a high value on technical competency and service. It took just a few years and the addition of Edward Kessler, Jorge Goldstein, and Samuel Fox to reach that initial goal with the establishment of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox in Washington, D.C.

Now, four decades later, the firm has grown from two attorneys to 130 attorneys and 220 professional staff serving clients around the globe — and guided by the founding principles of teamwork, respect and quality of service with an emphasis on scientific and technical knowledge.

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2015
Firm of the Year 2016 Logo

Named first-ever PTAB "Firm of the Year" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine

2014
Sterne Kessler Renovated Reception Area

Renovated our offices located in the historic former Greyhound Bus Terminal, including the installation of our famous barista bar

2012
Patent Officer Litigation

Firm publishes Patent Office Litigation, a two-volume set

2011
350 in silver numbers

Launch of the Grid Industry Group; pass the 350 employee mark

2009
Best Places to Work Logo

Recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the Greater Washington area

2008
Logo for Sterne Kessler 30th anniversary

Sterne Kessler celebrates its 30th anniversary and reaches the 100 attorney mark

2007
Supreme Court Building

Co-counsel for KSR v. Teleflex at the U.S. Supreme Court

2006
Recycling Circle

Launch of the CleanTech Industry Group

2004
Stem Cells

Formation of the Sterne Kessler Stem Cell Taskforce

2003
Nanotechnology

Launch of the Nanotechnology Practice Group

2001
200 in gold numbers

Sterne Kessler passes the 200 employee mark

1999
PhD written in notebook with coffee and glasses

Sterne Kessler develops the "technical specialist" position in response to demand for highly qualified, technically adept candidates

1995
Code

Sterne Kessler instrumental in In re Beauregard, the case that led to the USPTO developing guidelines for patenting software

1994
Movie slate and reel

A scene from the movie "True Lies" filmed at Sterne Kessler

1993
Sterne Kessler Office Building from the Street

Sterne Kessler moves into the historic Greyhound Bus Building at 1100 New York Avenue, NW

1991
Microchips

Began representation of first Silicon Valley client

1988
immunoassay

Sterne Kessler secures a win on appeal in In re Wands, still today the fundamental decision on enablement for biological patent claims

1984
Sterne Kessler founding directors

Samuel L. Fox joins the firm. Growth constitutes a move to 1225 Connecticut Avenue, NW

1983
Jorge Goldstein

Jorge A. Goldstein joins the firm

1981
Shaking hands

Edward J. Kessler joins the firm

1980
1980

Office moved to 910 17th Street, NW

1978
1978

The firm is founded on October 2 and was made up of two attorneys