Today, October 2, 2023, marks the 45th anniversary of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox’s founding. On this date in 1978, Robert Greene Sterne was 26 years old with a vision to establish an intellectual property law firm comprised of the best and brightest attorneys and staff who would thrive on a foundation of excellence and collaboration. Edward Kessler joined the firm in 1981, Jorge Goldstein in 1983, and Samuel Fox the following year, giving the firm the partners for which it is named today.

The firm has grown from two attorneys at the time of its founding to 168 today, in addition to 295 IP professionals serving a national and international client base. All are guided by the founding principles of teamwork, respect, and quality of client service. And Sterne Kessler’s attorney teams are characterized by strong knowledge of the case law seamlessly combined with deep scientific and technical knowledge.

Recognized as one of the most formidable IP firms in the country, Sterne Kessler has an award-winning litigation practice, is the only Chambers & Partners “Band 1” patent prosecution firm in Washington, DC, is the best performing law firm representing patent owners at the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB), and has been voted by attorneys and staff as a Washington Post “Top Workplace” for ten consecutive years.

“I am so proud of our firm and what we have accomplished over these past 45 years. Not only did I realize my vision of creating a premiere IP firm with an amazing and inclusive culture, but we’ve well surpassed what I even thought was possible. I continue to be excited to roll up my sleeves and work with my colleagues every day,” said Robert Greene Sterne.

Managing Director of the firm, Michael B. Ray remarked, “It is exciting to celebrate such an important firm milestone, while we look forward to continued growth and success. As the world continues to change with technical and scientific advances, we’ll be there to protect the ideas and inventions behind them. We have a robust firm community that is prepared and enthusiastic to continue to serve our clients globally.”

Read more about the firm and its 45-year history here.

About Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Based in Washington, D.C. and renowned for more than four decades for dedication to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox 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 over 50 masters and over 60 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

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