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.
Marks the firm’s 40th anniversary. New website is launched featuring updated logo.
Significant growth of firm’s Trial & Appellate Practice. Firm has handled almost 100 Federal Circuit Appeals and is one of most active at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
Named first-ever PTAB "Firm of the Year" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine
Renovated our offices located in the historic former Greyhound Bus Terminal, including the installation of our famous barista bar
Firm publishes Patent Office Litigation, a two-volume set. It was written in response to the biggest changes in patent law in 60 years stemming from the 2012 AIA.
Launch of the Grid Industry Group; pass the 350 employee mark
Recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the Greater Washington area
Sterne Kessler celebrates its 30th anniversary and reaches the 100 attorney mark
Co-counsel for KSR v. Teleflex at the U.S. Supreme Court
Launch of the CleanTech Industry Group
Formation of the Sterne Kessler Stem Cell Taskforce
Launch of the Nanotechnology Practice Group
Sterne Kessler passes the 200 employee mark
Sterne Kessler develops the "technical specialist" position in response to demand for highly qualified, technically adept candidates
Sterne Kessler instrumental in In re Beauregard, the case that led to the USPTO developing guidelines for patenting software
A scene from the Hollywood blockbuster movie "True Lies" filmed at Sterne Kessler
Sterne Kessler moves into the historic Greyhound Bus Building at 1100 New York Avenue, NW
Began representation of first Silicon Valley client
Sterne Kessler secures a win on appeal in In re Wands, still today the fundamental decision on enablement for biological patent claims
Samuel L. Fox joins the firm. Growth constitutes a move to 1225 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Jorge A. Goldstein joins the firm
Edward J. Kessler joins the firm
Office moved to 910 17th Street, NW
The firm is founded on October 2 and was made up of two attorneys