Sheridan Ross Announces the Opening of a Third Colorado Office in Broomfield.
Sheridan Ross, the oldest intellectual property law firm in the Rocky Mountain region, will open its third Colorado office in Broomfield in early May.
Located at 390 Interlocken Crescent, Suite 890, the office will include six attorneys and is designed to help serve the firm’s existing client base in the Broomfield-Boulder corridor, as well as its growing client base in Colorado and across the globe. Headquartered in downtown Denver since its inception in 1954, the firm added a Colorado Springs office in 2011.
“There are an incredible number of research-driven, high-tech companies, educational leaders and innovators in the greater Broomfield-Boulder market, including many of our existing clients, that we will expand upon, reach out to and deliver the IP specialty services that have been the foundation of our firm since day one,” said Sheridan Ross President, Bruce Kugler. “This is an important geographic corridor for us and it is home to some of the most dynamic companies and people in Colorado. We’re excited at the opportunity to bring our expertise to the market and to be a part of that future growth as well.”
After his efforts to bring the satellite patent office to Colorado, John Posthumus will be one of the recipients of a Distinguished Service Medal from the Linn Inn Alliance.
Fifty Percent of Sheridan Ross Attorneys Recognized in 2013
Eleven attorneys from Denver-based Sheridan Ross P.C. were selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers 2013 and another nine attorneys were named Rising Stars. The 20 honored with inclusion in this year’s Super Lawyers designation represent 50 percent of the firm’s attorneys.
In addition, firm Shareholders, Sabrina Stavish and Miriam Trudell were honored among the Top 50 Women Colorado Super Lawyers. Stavish makes the prestigious Top 50 Women list for the second straight year, her fourth year in a row as a Colorado Super Lawyer. Trudell breaks into the Top 50 Women honor for the first time, her second straight year as a Colorado Super Lawyer.
“While our clients experience and appreciate the quality of the people we have within our firm, it’s always a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers through the well respected Colorado Super Lawyers evaluation process,” said Sheridan Ross Managing Shareholder, Bruce Kugler. “Our reputation is built by the quality of our professionals and, with 20 of our firm’s 40 attorneys ranked among Colorado’s Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, we feel very confident and proud of the reputation we’ve earned in the world of Intellectual Property law.”
Three Administrative Judges marked the start of working at the new United States Patent and Trademark Office.
After a long-sought victory to bring one of the new patent offices to Denver, Senator Michael Bennet released that three administrative patent judges began their first day on the job on Monday, March 6, 2013. They will currently work at a temporary space in Lakewood until renovations have been completed at the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building located in Denver.
“It’s exciting and rewarding to know that after years of a very thorough and collaborative effort by our public and private leaders across Colorado, we are officially starting the process that we know will put our entire Rocky Mountain region at the forefront of innovation and opportunity for decades to come,” said
John Posthumus, an IP attorney with Sheridan Ross PC who played a key role in securing the patent office in Colorado.
To read the full article in Denver Business Journal, click here.
Congratulations to the 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Star honorees
Honored Super Lawyers include:
Todd Blakely, IP
Robert Brunelli, IP Litigation
Gary Connell, IP
Lewis Hansen, IP
Joseph Kovarik, IP
Bruce Kugler, IP
Benjamin Lieb, IP Litigation
John Posthumus, IP Litigation
Sabrina Stavish, IP
Douglas Swartz, IP
Miriam Trudell, IP
Sheridan Ross has also added three more individuals to the Colorado Rising Stars list in 2013, recognizing a total of nine attorneys; James Burke, Hiwot Covell, Matthew Ellsworth, Pamela Hirschman, Patricia Ho, Craig Mueller, Ian Walsworth, Tadd Wilson and Richard Zelenka.
Shareholder John Posthumus has been named 2012 Colorado's Top Business Thinkers by the Denver Post.
John won this recoginition after himself along with several other nominees were submitted by Denver Post readers and staff based off their accomplishments and ideas in 2012.
Sheridan Ross President, Bruce Kugler discusses what the new patent office and new patent rules means for attorneys and inventors with the Denver Business Journal.
Several new changes will come into play at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2013. One of the biggest changes that will take effect on March 16, will be the switch from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-to-file," patent system. Bruce Kugler describes the new system within the patent office as being a "race." Some of the new rules that will be implemented throughout the year are a way to help speed up the overburdened patent system at the USPTO.
"New patent-law reforms mean more than getting Denver office", full article here.
Sheridan Ross P.C. Shareholder John Posthumus was patented with respect by earning a spot on Law Week Colorado's 2012 Top Newsmakers.
Sheridan Ross is pleased to announce Michael Tompkins rejoins the firm as a Shareholder.
Tompkins, with more than 30 years of patent law, research and engineering experience, comes back to Sheridan Ross after 12 years working in the corporate world, including as chief patent counsel for Martek Biosciences Corporation, and at a well-respected Washington D.C. law firm. While at Martek, Tompkins was the chief architect of a comprehensive strategy for enforcing the company’s worldwide IP rights and defending its IP against attacks by competitors. “We feel very fortunate to have someone with Mike’s experience, insight and passion as a part of our growing team in life sciences and chemistry,” said Sheridan Ross Managing Partner, Bruce Kugler.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office Opens Temporary Office in Lakewood.
Until renovations are completed at the Bryon G. Rogers Federal building the USPTO will be opening a temporary office in January 2013. The office is located at the Denver Federal Center, 6th Avenue and Kipling Street, in Lakewood, Colorado.
“We are yet another step closer to a satellite patent office in Colorado that will bring jobs and economic development,” Bennet said in a news release. “The Lakewood office means that patent examiners and judges will begin working in Denver, providing easier access for applicants and inventors in many parts of the country. It also enhances Colorado’s reputation as a leader for innovation and entrepreneurial companies and a hotbed for cutting-edge industries. I look forward to continuing to work with [USPTO Director David] Kappos and the agency to ensure that the opening of the Denver office is a success.”
To read the full article in the Denver Business Journal, click here.
Shareholder John Posthumus at the Denver Business Journal Powerbook Awards Event.
Sheridan Ross P.C. was recently recognized by the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) at an annual celebration held by the organization where they named them the winner of their 2012 Chairman's Award.
This award was given to Sheridan Ross in large part due to their successful efforts to bring one of the new United States Patent and Trademark Offices to Denver, Colorado. Senator Bennett announced in July 2012 that Denver had been selected as one of the cities that they would be opening the United States Patent and Trademark Office in.
President, Bruce Kugler is mostly known for the work he does with patents, trademark and copyright law at Sheridan Ross P.C., but Bruce shares with Denver Business Journal that when he is outside of the office he is an avid bow hunter
Bruce explains to the Denver Business Journal how he grew up hunting with a rifle in his hands and how hunting is in his family's blood. Bruce discusses not only the love him and his family both have for the sport of hunting but the importance of it as well. “Hunting is about conservation and preserving habitat,” Kugler said. “It’s a way to conserve and manage animal herds.”
Has the announcement of opening the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Denver already affected the growth in Intellectual Property within Colorado firms?
After the announcement is set of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opening in Denver, several firms within the Denver Metro area have already began adding attorneys to their Intellectual Property departments. Shareholders Rob Brunelli and John Posthumus share their insight on the Intellectual Property growth. "It takes awhile to change the image of a city," said Posthumus, "and the new patent office just falls in line with a number of economic successes in the state. Look at the last 10 to 15 years. We've already seen huge growth."
To read more of what Brunelli and Posthumus had to say about the Intellectual Property growth, click here to read the entire article.
Stan Gradisar to lead firm's Colorado Springs office
A 15-year legal veteran, Stan Gradisar joined the Sheridan Ross firm in October 2012 and will oversee the firm's Colorado Springs office. "Colorado Springs is home to some of the most innovative companies and people in very diverse technology businesses," said firm Managing Partner, Bruce Kugler. "We're excited to have someone with Stan's experience to help lead our efforts in this great market."
Randolph E. Treece joins Sheridan Ross as Patent Agent
With more than 20 years of diverse technical industry experience, Rande Treece brings a combination of highly technical skills and business development experience that allow him to develop patents for clients designed to protect their intellectual property and maximize value.
Colorado Springs Gazette: Patent Office to boost innovation, job creation
Read the article from the Oct. 24, 2012 Colorado Springs Gazette featuring a presentation by Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus.
Congratulations to Shareholder John Posthumus: Denver Business Journal's 2012 Power Book Newsmaker in Law
To read the article from the Oct. 19, 2012 DBJ, click here.
Shareholder Craig Mueller shares the importance of the America Invents Act which was just signed into law in September 2011.
To read the complete article in Law Week Colorado, click here.
A downtown location has been chosen after several sites were considered for the new Satellite office which is expected to open in Denver in 2014.
DENVER - Since the announcement was made that Denver was chosen to be one of the next cities to open a Satellite Patent Office, many different locations have been proposed. The United States Patent and Trademark Office spent several weeks scouting out potential locations all over the Denver-Metro area. In late August, it was announced that the 18-story office complex Byron Rogers in downtown Denver would be the selected site. With the location in place, the United States Patent and Trademark Satellite Office is set to open in late 2014.
With the announcement made that Denver will be opening a United States Patent and Trademark Office, Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus states that this is a great opportunity for economic development.
To read the full article in the Denver Business Journal, click here.
Denver Has Been Picked As One Of The Three New Cities That Will Open A United States Satelitte Patent Office.
DENVER - After receiving the news months ago that Detroit would be the first location to the new U.S. Satellite Patent Office outside of the Washington D.C. area, discouragement and uncertainty settled in with those that were pushing for Denver. But the push didn't stop there. After several months and plenty of long hours, Denver received the news along with Dallas-Fort Worth and San Jose that they would be the cities joining Detroit in the opening of the new U.S. Satellite Patent Offices. John Posthumus, a Shareholder with Sheridan Ross expresses his excitement and gratitude that Colorado has been given such a tremendous opportunity. With the opening of the office in 2013, it will undoubtedly bring hundreds of high paying jobs, and has the potential to generate up to $440 million over the next five years.
To read the full article in the Denver Post, click here.
Sheridan Ross Associate Sarah (Miller) Schneider Discusses How to Legally Protect Your Brand.
To read the full article on Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, click here.
John Posthumus Talks With Fox 31 Regarding The Potential Economic Impact Of A U.S. Satellite Patent Office In Colorado...[link]
Denver Post Editorial Supports U.S. Satellite Patent Office In Colorado.
After receiving the news that Detroit was the first city chosen to represent the U.S. Satellite Patent Office outside of the Washington D.C. area, discouragement and uncertainty settled in with the many that were pushing for Denver. After several months, plenty of long hours and thousands of dollars, Denver, along with Texas and California, finally received the news that they were chosen to be the three new cities to house the U.S. Satellite Patent Offices. It is estimated that the opening of this office will undoubtedly bring several new high paying jobs that could generate up to $440 million. To read the rest of the article in the Denver Post on the announcement of the new U.S. Satellite Patent Office, click here.
Denver is just one of several cities bidding to be the next home for a satellite U.S. Patent and Trademark office. This Denver Post editorial points out all of the reasons why Denver should be picked. [link]
Gary Connell Looks At Unanswered Questions After High Court Strikes Down Prometheus...[read article from Law Week Colorado, April 16, 2012]
Sheridan Ross Vice President Rob Brunelli Took Part in Law Week Colorado's Managing Partner Roundtable To Discuss How Rethinking Certain Methods Might Benefit Firms.
Many industries consistently work to optimize performance by analyzing and re-evaluating methods and trends. Motorola revolutionized the manufacturing industry in the 1980s when it revealed its Six-Sigma strategy which improved the quality of its products while minimizing defects or mistakes. The Oakland A's likewise changed the framework of Major League Baseball when it revealed its use of statistics to field a team, a phenomenon explained in the book and recent Academy Award Best Picture nominee, "Moneyball."
The focus of the first quarter's roundtable was how law firms might benefit from rethinking their current processes and methods. This quarter's participants included, Robert Brunelli, Sheridan Ross; Sheila Gutterman, Gutterman Griffiths; Natalie Hanlon-Leh, Faegre Baker Daniels; Jay Kamlet, Lathrop & Gage; and Amy Seneshen, Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley. Carol Bazzanella, a certified real-time reporter for Hunter + Geist, recorded the session, which was held at Warwick Hotel at 1776 Grant St. Meg Satrom, the managing editor of Law Week Colorado, moderated the session.
To continue reading what this quarter's participants had to say at the round table in Law Week Colorado, click here.
Gary Connell Discusses With Law Week Colorado The Epic Traffic Jam The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Has Had.
Gary Connell, a shareholder with Sheridan Ross who practices primarily patent prosecution in bio-technology and Pharmaceutical areas, has filed a relatively high number of prioritized patent examinations for his clients, and he is sitting on seven or eight applications, five of which have received substantive action since September.
Connell says that applying for prioritized examination takes some selling to clients, who have to pay a higher amount up front and still may not get the result they want. Clients should understand the prioritized examination is ideal for narrowly focused claims, Connell said. "This will necessarily be a spare tool because it really has to be in the right circumstances."
Read the article in Law Week Colorado, here.
Sheridan Ross Associate Thaine Lennox-Gentle Quoted In Law Week Colorado.
In "Disparate Job Market Changed Legal Careers," Sheridan Ross Associate Thaine Lennox-Gentle discusses the path he took that lead him to Sheridan Ross.
"I postponed looking for a legal job," said Thaine Lennox-Gentle, who is now an associate with Sheridan Ross. Lennox-Gentle, who owned and ran an engineering-automation company before and during law school, was a patent agent, and he wanted to practice in intellectual property.
"I had friends who were in the field, I had worked with people who were patent attorneys, and I looked at the field and asked if the firms were hiring," he said. "They overwhelming said 'No.' They weren't hiring first-year associates."
Lennox-Gentle stayed at the helm of his business, but he kept his foot in the legal world, attending intellectual property conferences and continuing legal education classes. Eight months after passing the bar, he finally heard news from friends in practice who said they thought work was picking up. Not long after, he got the call from Sheridan Ross asking if he was interested in a contract position, with the possibility it could lead to a full hire.
"Sheridan Ross was creative with me," he said. "We did a contract base/conditional hiring situation. It was a 'try before you buy' idea for both of us." And it worked. Lennox-Gentle was added as an associate in August.
To read the full article in Law Week Colorado, click here.
Eleven Sheridan Ross Attorneys Named
to Super Lawyers 2012
Six Recognized as Rising Stars as Honorees Represent 50 Percent of Firm's Attorneys
DENVER – Eleven attorneys from Denver-based Sheridan Ross P.C. were selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers 2012 and another six attorneys were named Rising Stars. The 17 honored with inclusion in this year’s Super Lawyers designation represents 50 percent of the firm’s attorneys.
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multi-phase process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on a state-by-state basis each year.
Honored Sheridan Ross attorneys include:
Todd Blakely, IP
Robert Brunelli, IP Litigation
Gary Connell, IP
Lewis Hansen, IP
Joseph Kovarik, IP
Bruce Kugler, IP
Benjamin Lieb, IP Litigation
John Posthumus, IP Litigation
Sabrina Stavish, IP
Douglas Swartz, IP
Miriam Trudell, IP
“It’s a tremendous honor and we’re extremely proud to have half of the firm’s attorneys named to this prestigious list,” said Sheridan Ross Managing Shareholder, Bruce Kugler. “We’ve built a very solid reputation in the world of IP law and that reputation is founded in the professionals we have within our firm.”
In addition, six Sheridan Ross attorneys were selected as Colorado Rising Stars for 2012: Pamela Hirschman; Patricia Ho; Craig Mueller; Rene Pereyra; Ian Walsworth; and Tadd Wilson.
Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus Co-Authors Denver Post Editorial
DENVER - Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus co-authors Denver Post editorial with Senator Michael Bennet on the value and economics of selecting Colorado as the home of the next Patent Satellite Office. [link]
Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus Quoted in Denver Post Article
DENVER - Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus has worked tirelessly to help bring a Satellite Patent Office to Colorado. Read the latest on Colorado's chance to secure a new SPO in this Denver Post article.
International Trademark Association (INTA) Selects Three Sheridan Ross Attorneys to Committee Positions for 2012-13
DENVER - Three members of Sheridan Ross P.C. have been selected to serve two-year committee terms for the 5,900-member International Trademark Association (INTA) beginning January 2012. More than 2,400 members applied for committee positions to represent the membership spread across 190 countries.
John Posthumus will serve on the U.S. Amicus Subcommittee of the International Amicus Committee; Miriam Trudell will serve on the Association News Subcommittee of the INTA Bulletin Committee; and Sarah Miller will serve on the Free Trade Areas Subcommittee of the Harmonization of Trademark Law & Practice Committee.
INTA is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective commerce. Committee work is broken down into projects that focus on:
Policy development and advocacy;
Educational programs and events and networking;
Developing online and print global trademark resources; and
"These appointments are well earned, well respected positions that allow our colleagues the opportunity to share and shape the ideas, opinions and guidelines surrounding trademark law across the globe," said Sheridan Ross Managing Partner Bruce Kugler.
Headquartered in New York City, INTA has offices in Shanghai and Brussels and representatives in Geneva, Mumbai and Washington, D.C.
Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus Listed Among Denver Business Journal's "People to Watch"
DENVER - Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus is one of twelve local business leaders to watch in 2012, according to the Denver Business Journal. [link]
Sheridan Ross Opens Colorado Springs Office
DENVER – Sheridan Ross, the oldest intellectual property law firm in the Rocky Mountain region, announced the opening of a Colorado Springs, Colo. office.
Located at 24 S. Weber Street in downtown Colorado Springs, the office is led by Scott Hawranek, special counsel who joined the firm earlier this year. It is the firm’s first office location outside of the Denver area since its inception in 1954.
“There are an incredible number of high-tech manufacturing companies in the Colorado Springs market that we believe we can reach out to and deliver the IP specialty services that have been the foundation of our firm since day one,” said Sheridan Ross Managing Partner, Bruce Kugler. “Colorado Springs is home to some of the most dynamic and innovative companies and people in the business and we’re excited at the opportunity to bring our expertise to that market and to be a part of that future growth as well."
Hawranek, a registered patent attorney who previously worked for a firm in Colorado Springs, focuses his practice on strategic enforcement, defense, and development of patent and trademark rights both domestically and abroad.
“This is a wonderful time to be in a very exciting market like Colorado Springs,” said Hawranek. “We strongly believe in this community and the innovative business leadership that will help drive the local economy for decades to come.”
Focused entirely on the worldwide protection of intellectual property rights in the United States and around the globe, Sheridan Ross has 32 attorneys and patent agents delivering tremendous depth of experience and results to clients across the globe. The firm’s professionals hold advanced degrees in technical fields such as pharmaceuticals, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and aeronautics. A majority have prior work experience in technical fields such as engineering and manufacturing, aerospace, robotics, plastics, computer software, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience.
For more information on the firm and its newly established Colorado Springs, Colo. office, www.sheridanross.com or 719-749-6013.
Sheridan Ross Shareholder Craig Mueller Writes About Passage of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in Law Week Colorado|
Sheridan Ross shareholder Craig Mueller recently published an article on the passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which signals a major overhaul to U.S. patent law in place since 1952. Coupled with the potential for a new satellite of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) based in Denver, the changes could help our state and the Rocky Mountain region in the ongoing push for economic recovery and long-term stability for companies working to protect their innovations in a time-efficient manner. Click here to read Craig's piece as published in the October 3, 2011 edition of Law Week Colorado.
American Invents Act Signed by President Barack Obama
DENVER - With the signing of the American Invents Act by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011, Denver takes another important step in its push to secure one of three new satellite patent offices and help speed up a bogged down patent approval process. Sheridan Ross's John Posthumus played a key role in drafting the amendment and working with Senators Udall and Bennett to secure this important milestone for Colorado. Read more about this major step that could provide a boost to Denver's economy and attract technology companies to the region [here].
Sheridan Ross Law Firm adds Associate Thaine Lennox-Gentle
DENVER – Sheridan Ross P.C. announced the addition of Thaine Lennox-Gentle as associate.
Lennox-Gentle’s practice focuses on the prosecution of patents in the areas of mechanical, electro-mechanical, process and software engineering.
With more than 12 years of practical engineering experience, he has worked on projects in a diverse list of industries including: assembly automation engineering, consumer electronics, data storage, medical, MEMS, military, optics, semiconductor, and telecommunications.
Prior to joining Sheridan Ross, Lennox-Gentle served as the vice president of engineering for an automation company specializing in the design and manufacture of automated hazardous-environment assembly equipment. He has also worked as a manufacturing and mechanical engineer for a telecommunications company where he designed and built custom cleanroom assembly tools and worked on the mechanical design of an all-optical wavelength switch. [link]
2011 Top Trademark Firms
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TODAY, June 2011 – Denver-based Sheridan Ross P.C. has been recognized as one of the country’s top trademark firms by Intellectual Property Today magazine. The firm’s #19 ranking, up from #59 in 2009, is based on 2010 performance according to the number of U.S. trademark registrations issued in 2010 where the firm or individual is listed as the legal representative on the registration. The firm’s 30 percent increase in trademark registrations from 2009 to 2010 was the largest increase among any of the Top 20 firms. [link]
Six Sheridan Ross Attorneys Recognized as Top Patent Prosecutors
PATENT BUDDY, June 2011 – Six attorneys from Sheridan Ross have been recognized at Top Patent Prosecutors by Patent Buddy, a publication of Sunlight Research. Out of approximately 30,000 registered patent attorneys, less than 2% were selected as Top Patent Prosecutors.
The Top Patent Prosecutor selection process is designed to identify patent prosecutors who have achieved a reputation among their peers for high quality work product and counseling skills in patent application preparation and prosecution.
Following the nomination process, the nominees were sorted into various geographical regions and general technology categories. A peer review panel for that area prepared the final list of honorees.
Sheridan Ross President Bruce Kugler Featured in Law Week Colorado 2nd Quarter Managing Partner Roundtable
LAW WEEK COLORADO, Denver — June 20, 2011 — Sheridan Ross President Bruce Kugler was featured in Law Week Colorado 2nd Quarter Managing Partner Roundtable. Kugler joined other Denver area law firm leaders to offer insights on how today's firms are managing expectations for clients, employees and business as a whole in a tough economy. (Read the full article)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Satellite Office May Open in Denver
LAW WEEK COLORADO, Denver — June 6, 2011 A team of Denver intellectual property lawyers, including Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Poshumus, has lobbied for years to get the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to open a satellite office here, and their efforts may be close to bearing fruit. (Read the full article)
Eight Sheridan Ross Attorneys Recognized as Top Attorneys in Colorado Super Lawyers Lists.
Six Sheridan Ross shareholders and two associates are selected for the list of top attorneys in Colorado by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars 2011. Less than 5% of Colorado attorneys are included in this honor.
Selected as Colorado Super Lawyers 2011 are shareholders Todd P. Blakely, Robert R. Brunelli, Joseph Kovarik, John Posthumus, Sabrina Stavish. Shareholder Craig Mueller and associates Ian Walsworth and Tadd Wilson are named Rising Stars 2011. The 2011 list is published in Colorado Super Lawyers magazine and the April issue of 5280 magazine.
Sheridan Ross Patent Agent and Patent Attorney Quoted in Law Week Colorado.
In "A Niche Profession, Scientifically Speaking", Sheridan Ross patent agent Dennis Dupray discussed his career path which began with a Ph.D. in mathematics and master's degree in computer science, as well as experience including computer-aided design software and telephony.
Matt Ellsworth, one of Sheridan Ross' newest patent attorneys, discussed the considerations and decision to pursue a law degree after six years with Sheridan Ross as a patent agent. Sheridan Ross has four patent agents, among the most for Colorado IP law firms according to the list published by Law Week from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site.
Bradley Knepper Appointed to CPAC Board
Sheridan Ross intellectual property attorney and shareholder Bradley Knepper has been apointed to the Colorado Photographic Arts Center board of directors.
Founded in Denver in 1963, the Center was the first venue in the region to foster the art of photography and continues to be a vital force through its ongoing exhibition programming.
Sheridan Ross Attorneys Comment on Biotech Patent Flap.
Denver Business Journal reports "The prospect of a federal appeals court ruling invalidating thousands of biotechnology patents has caught the attention of Colorado companies.
While the implications aren’t completely clear yet, the case is one of the most talked-about issues in intellectual property law today, said John Posthumus, head of the Colorado Bar Association’s patent section.
“Arguably it could invalidate and implicate over 10,000 existing patents in the patent office — which is really huge,” said Posthumus, a shareholder at Denver-based Sheridan Ross P.C." [link]
Sheridan Ross P.C. Honored for Barrister Level Sponsorship and Participation in the Wheels of Justice Cycling Team in Courage Classic Bicycle Tour.
On October 21, 2010, Sheridan Ross was honored for their Barrister level sponsorship and participation in the Wheels of Justice Cycling Team in the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour. The 165 member Wheels of Justice team was the top fundraising team for the Courage Classic this year, having raised $250,196.00. The Courage Classic raises money for the Children's Fund for The Children's Hospital in Colorado. To see where the money goes, click here.
Sabrina Stavish Named a Nominee to the Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business 2010 Award
Sheridan Ross shareholder Sabrina Stavish has been named a nominee to the Denver Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business 2010 Award. The honor recognizes Denver's most influential women in different industries who have achieved great success through leadership in business and community contribution.
John Posthumus Involved in the Push for a Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Sheridan Ross Shareholder John Posthumus, the in-coming chair of the IP Section of the Colorado Bar Association, helped organize a reception for Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Sharon Barner and Deputy Chief of Staff Toni Hickey at the Carriage House at the Colorado Governor's Residence on June 4. John had the privilege of introducing Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to attendees that included Rep. Perlmutter, Rep. Coffman, State of Colorado COO Don Elliman,Colorado State University Chancellor Joe Blake and 30 other distinguished political, community and business leaders, and stated in-part “From the very start of our efforts, Mayor Hickenlooper and his office have recognized the importance of this project not only for Colorado, but also as supporting innovation and job creation in Colorado and across the country. Prior to his political career, Mayor Hickenlooper was a geologist and a small business owner, and recognized the value of intellectual property to his business ventures.
John's introduction was followed by formal remarks by Mayor Hickenlooper, who indicated strong support for locating a satellite patent office in Colorado. Finally, Deputy Barner provided formal remarks thanking the Mayor and the attendees for their support and indicating that Colorado will receive strong consideration.
John has been at the forefront in the push for a regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was recently quoted in the Denver Business Journal on this issue and has campaigned both in Colorado, at the PTO and on Capitol Hill. He strongly believes that the PTO needs to recruit patent examiners from a deeper pool of candidates from untapped regions across America, and that the best way to do this is to operate one or more satellite patent offices outside the beltway.
Bruce Kugler Speaks at the 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Institute
Sheridan Ross shareholder Bruce Kugler recently spoke at the 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology. Bruce’s presentation, “Design Patents – Pitfalls and Strategies for Success,” covered design patent uses, applications and prosecution.
Sheridan Ross Ranked by Chambers USA for Second Straight Year
Sheridan Ross was ranked among the top Intellectual Property firms for the second year by Chambers USA. “This respected IP boutique covers a range of matters, including copyright, patent prosecution, trademark work and licensing and technology transactions.” The firm’s lawyers are also noted for being “flexible and proactive.”
Shareholder John Posthumus was named a Key Individual. John is "known for his IP practice, in particular matters involving trademarks. He is regarded as a top-notch attorney in this field." (Chambers USA, 2010)
Michael Incorvia and Research Team From Cornell University and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Receive Best Paper Award
Michael Incorvia and the team received The Soap and Detergent Association Best Paper Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemsts' Society for their paper, “Adsorption of Aroma Chemicals on Cotton Fabric in Different Aqueous Environments,” published in the Journal of Surfactants & Detergents. For the full press release, please click here.
Pamela Hirschman Named Anti-Defamation League Board Member
Sheridan Ross attorney Pamela Hirschman was inducted today to the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region. Pamela previously has participated in the League’s Glass Partners in Leadership Program, has lobbied on its behalf and has helped organize educational events on civil rights issues.
Sheridan Ross Ranked in Top 60 Trademark Firms Nationwide
Intellectual Property Today ranked the firm in the top 60 of 210 trademark firms by volume of trademark registrations issued in 2009. Sheridan Ross was also ranked in the top 200 of patent firms by average number of utility patents issued in 2009.
Sabrina Stavish Named Among the “Top Women Lawyers 2010” by Law Week Colorado
Sheridan Ross shareholder Sabrina Stavish was named one of nine top women lawyers in Colorado by Law Week Colorado. Sabrina was commended for her investment and persistence in obtaining client solutions and her leadership both within the firm and with the Legal Aid Foundation. Please click here for the full article.
John Posthumus Quoted in Denver Business Journal
Sheridan Ross shareholder John Posthumus was quoted recently in the Denver Business Journal regarding his involvement in a push to open a satellite U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Denver. “Having something like that here would be attractive to Fortune 500 companies,” Posthumus said. “It would help support the growth of startup companies here in Colorado. There’s a broad ripple effect.”
Sheridan Ross Highest Ranked Denver-based IP Firm by Chambers USA
As the highest ranked Denver-based "full-service" intellectual property law firm, we are well known for our “expert knowledge in trademark and copyright law, patent prosecution, transactional work, licensing and IP litigation” and our "full team of specialists dedicated to each specific area." (Chambers USA, 2009
Eight Sheridan Ross Attorneys Receive Super Lawyer Honors
As a nod to the firm's stellar reputation, more than 25% of its attorneys were named to this year's Colorado Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. "We thank our peers for this recognition," says Sheridan Ross president Brad Knepper. "Working with many of the most innovative enterprises, old and new, in the Rocky Mountain West and globally is exciting and leaves no doubt about our being on the right path."
The following attorneys were chosen to 2010 Super Lawyers:
The following attorneys were chosen to 2010 Rising Stars:
For the full article please click here.
This article first appeared in Intellectual Asset Management magazine, issue 40. To view the magazine in full, please go to www.iam-magazine.com.