Washington, D.C. (October 2, 2018) – Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the firm’s founding. Since its establishment as an intellectual property specialty firm, Sterne Kessler has been guided by the founding principles of teamwork, respect, and quality of service with an emphasis on scientific and technical knowledge. Starting with two attorneys in 1978, the firm has grown to 180 attorneys and other fee earners, supported by a professional staff, 160 members strong.

“When founding the firm in 1978, we wanted to create a unique environment – one that would recognize the contribution every person makes, and one that would place a high value on technical competency and service. We are incredibly proud of the firm we created and the clients we serve,” said Robert Greene Sterne.

“We have an open, diverse environment reflective of our international client base, where cutting edge ideas and ideals can be discussed for the benefit of our clients, the firm, and the global community that we serve. We have truly built a unique and very special firm — one that makes us all very proud,” said Jorge A. Goldstein, who served as managing director of the firm for many years and is the founding member of the Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group. Goldstein also chairs the firm’s IP and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice, which was recognized as the winner of the 2015 Financial Times’ Most Innovative North American Lawyers award for “Innovation in Social Responsibility.”

Sterne Kessler Managing Director Michael B. Ray remarked, “From our foundation in patent prosecution we’ve grown to become a full-service IP firm. We are proud of the rich history of the firm, from our early focus on helping clients obtain patents, to representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, to navigating the changes created by the America Invents Act. It is extremely rewarding to reach this milestone. On behalf of our directorship, I sincerely thank our attorneys and staff, both past and present, for their contributions to the firm over these 40 years. With their collective excellence, extraordinary talent, and continued commitment, Sterne Kessler’s future – our future – is indeed bright.”

Over the past several years, Sterne Kessler has consistently been recognized as a top-tier IP firm by respected law firm ranking publishers, including Chambers & Partners, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), and International Asset Management (IAM). Additionally, based on attorney and staff surveys, Sterne Kessler has been named by The Washington Post among the “Top Workplaces” in the Greater Washington, D.C. area for the past five years and among the Washington Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” nine times.

About Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Based in Washington, D.C. and renown for more than four decades for dedication to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, Sterne Kessler is one of the most highly regarded intellectual property specialty law firms in the world. Its team of attorneys, registered patent agents, students, and technical specialists include some of the country’s most respected practitioners of IP law tackling innovations across a broad spectrum of industries. The firm’s practitioners hold nearly 50 masters and 50+ doctorate degrees in science or engineering and represent Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, inventors, venture capital firms, and universities in a client service driven environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating. Visit the firm online at sternekessler.com.