WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. (Sterne Kessler), an intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC, announced today that the firm has expanded its Mechanical and Materials Science Practice with the addition of John P. McGroarty, a veteran patent attorney with more than 17 years of experience.
Mr. McGroarty specializes in the procurement, licensing and enforcement of patent rights, while advising clients regarding the development and management of U.S. and international patent portfolios and patent licensing transactions. He works with clients involved in a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical technologies, including electronic devices, semiconductor devices, semiconductor packaging, organic materials, optics, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and medical instruments.
"We are pleased and honored to have John McGroarty rejoin our team," said Michael B. Ray, Managing Director. "John began his intellectual property career with us as a summer associate in 1993. Since leaving the firm, John has become a respected patent attorney with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We are excited for him to return to Sterne Kessler as a Director."
"I am thrilled to return home to Sterne Kessler," said Mr. McGroarty. "Since my time at this firm as a student, I have been passionate about the protection of IP rights, and over the years have built my practice with a laser focus on promoting innovation. I look forward to my future with Sterne Kessler."
Sterne Kessler's Mechanical Practice Leader Tracy-Gene G. Durkin added, "John's focus on patent prosecution is an important quality that aligns with the core values of Sterne Kessler. Protecting innovation is at the forefront of what we do, and John's impressive technical background and experience in that area makes him a great match for our firm."
Mr. McGroarty holds a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law, a M.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is one of the largest Washington, DC-based law firms specializing in the protection, transfer and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Sterne Kessler's 150 patent attorneys, agents and technical specialists represent a broad range of entities, including emerging and established companies, venture capital firms, universities and select individuals. The firm was named to The National Law Journal's 2012 Intellectual Property Hot List, Washington Business Journal's 2012 Best Places to Work list, and won the Constance L. Belfiore Quality of Life Award from the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. In 2013, Sterne Kessler celebrates its 35th year of practice.
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