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Sterne Kessler Secures Brand Protection Victory in District Court for VW & Audi

Sterne Kessler prevailed for clients Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Audi AG in an anti-counterfeiting action against Andy Varona and his company Verotec Wheels, Inc. for their sale of counterfeit Audi wheel sets on eBay. The court found that Varona willfully infringed Audi’s trademark and design patent rights warranting enhanced statutory damages and the award of attorneys’ fees.

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These IP Boutique Firms Are Dominating PTAB Work

As reported by Law360, Sterne Kessler ranks among the top three firms handling PTAB litigation over the last three years. Director and Patent Office Litigation Practice Co-Chair Michael Specht said that the firm’s PTAB prowess stems from attorneys’ technical backgrounds and a “secret sauce” of finding extremely strong prior art. “Winning is important, but so is winning quickly. I think we do a good job of that with our clients, and many of them stick with us because of that,” he said.

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District Court Patent Win for Client Block, Inc.

Sterne Kessler defended Block Inc. in a patent infringement litigation win in a case involving digital coupon software used in online transactions. The court granted the 101 motion put forward by the Sterne Kessler team. “We are pleased with the court’s decision to invalidate this patent and dismiss this suit,” a Block spokesperson said in a statement.

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District Court Patent Victory in Infringement Suit

A Sterne Kessler team defending client York County, Pennsylvania earned an infringement suit victory in District Court in a case regarding a mail scanning system patent. The Court granted the 101 motion put forward by the Sterne Kessler team, deemed the asserted patent invalid, and dismissed the case.

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Patent Tribunal Judges Urge Firms to Send Women, Diverse Lawyers

Sterne Kessler was mentioned in the Bloomberg Law article “Patent Tribunal Judges Urge Firms to Send Women, Diverse Lawyers.” The article explores the PTAB’s Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) and highlights Sterne Kessler as one of the top two participating firms. LEAP provides junior PTAB practitioners additional oral argument time and allows senior attorneys to step in if needed.

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Sterne Kessler Donates to Project HOPE to Support People of Ukraine

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is proud to announce that the firm has raised $21,280 for Project HOPE to provide direct humanitarian support to Ukrainians and refugees in surrounding countries.

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Law360's 2021 Diversity Snapshot

Among the 79 firms in the “101 to 250 attorneys” size category, Sterne Kessler ranked in the top ten for overall diversity and is among the top five for minority representation among equity partners in Law360’s 2021 Diversity Snapshot.