Robert G. Sterne

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC, Washington, DC

Rob is a Founding Director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Patent Office Litigation, the first and leading treatise on the new contested proceedings in the America Invents Act (AIA). Rob has recognized expertise in AIA post-issuance proceedings and concurrent patent litigation, reexamination, patent monetization, licensing and enforcement, USITC 337 proceedings, corporate intellectual property best practices including for the chief intellectual property officer (CIPO) and Board of Director responsibility for IP. He has spoken and written extensively on these topics throughout the past 37 years. Rob specializes in electronics, computers, software, communications, semiconductors, wireless, medical devices, nanotechnology and business methods technologies. He is counsel in nearly 125 contested proceedings and 150 reexaminations at the USPTO. Rob has played a role in precedent-setting case law: In re Beauregard, (Fed. Cir. 1995), KSR (SCT. 2007), i4i (SCT. 2011), In re Jung (Fed. Cir. 2011), ETG (Fed Cir. 2012), Hear Wear (Fed. Cir. 2014). He is Chair Emeritus of The Sedona Conference Working Group 10 on Patent Litigation Best Practices (WG10) and the recipient of The Sedona Conference Award for Excellence in Advanced Legal Education (2004), Sedona Lifetime Achievement Award (2012) and Attorney of the Year “Good Scout” Award (2012). In January 2016 he was named by Law360 as one of The Top 25 Icons of IP and in 2015 by the Financial Times as one of the “Top Ten Legal Innovators in North America 2015.”