BSKB specialize in obtaining and defending patents, trademarks and copyrights for clients in the Uni

BSKB has been providing a full range of intellectual property services for over 40 years. We specialize in chemistry, medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, healthcare, computer science and mechanical and electrical technologies, the practice of reissue and reexamination, as well as in obtaining and enforcing trademark and copyright protection for our clients in the United S


We are excited to share that BSKB’s Mike Smith will be speaking at this year's WIPR Trademarks North America conference hosted by World Intellectual Property Review, in San Diego, California on September 19 and 20, 2023.

He will be joining a lineup of prominent in-house trademark and licensing counsel from various industry sectors, alongside external counsel counterparts. Together, they will share best practices in trademark portfolio management, explore critical considerations in the trademark licensing arena, tackle challenges, and find solutions to issues faced by the trademark and trademark licensing communities.

Join them for two days of insightful discussions and learning:

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That’s a wrap, folks! We’ve successfully finished BSKB’s 2023 Summer Seminar Series. A huge thank you to all those who attended this year! It was an honor to host everyone for the seminars and we hope to see you at future BSKB events.

Our Seminar Series will return in 2024 so be sure to check out our website ( for updates.

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Our 2023 Summer Patent Seminar officially began yesterday! This year, we welcomed our students with an opening reception at 2941 Restaurant. We look forward to another great seminar this year!

2023 Annual Meeting Live+ - International Trademark Association 05/10/2023

The countdown is on - in less than a week, BSKB Partners Michael Smith, Chad Billings, and Greg Hsu will be at ! We can't wait to connect with clients and colleagues at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting Live+ in Singapore, and BONUS: at our cocktail reception on Tuesday, May 16.

For more information on INTA’s Annual Meeting Live+, the program of events, or registration, visit:

We hope to see you there!

2023 Annual Meeting Live+ - International Trademark Association See you in Singapore! INTA’s 2023 Annual Meeting Live+ will once again bring together the most influential brand professionals from across the globe and industries at the largest gathering of its kind.

AIPLA 2023 Spring Meeting 05/05/2023

BSKB is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the 2023 American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Spring Meeting! MaryAnne Armstrong will be there so come say hi! For program info, registration, and speaker lineup, visit their website in the link below - hope to see you there!

AIPLA 2023 Spring Meeting Executive Committee Meeting will be Monday, May 8.  Board and Leadership Meetings will be Tuesday, May 9Programming and Networking Events are Wednesday, May 10 - Friday, May 12.

FICPI Sweden on LinkedIn: Invitation, programme and speakers 04/25/2023

BSKB Partner Chad Billings will participate in a webinar hosted by FICPI Sweden on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. This webinar will focus on Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as both a tool for trademark prosecution, and as subjects for patent applications. Mr. Billings will tell you all you need to know about “How to draft a patent application, relating to ML or AI, for smoother prosecution at the USPTO – the US practitioner’s view”. You don’t have to be a FICPI member to attend or view the webinar – so register now! Hope to “see” you there!

FICPI Sweden on LinkedIn: Invitation, programme and speakers Join us on Wednesday next week to listen to Jeppe Hudtloff Viinberg, Sakari Arvela, Anders Fredriksson, Judge Martin Müller, Love Koči, Chad Billings and…

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Our U.S. Brand Protection & Trademark Seminar is in full swing! We “topped” off our first day of lectures with a night out at Topgolf – check out Ryohei’s swing, and our 2023 class photo

How High Court Amgen Case Could Alter Patent Enablement - Law360 02/17/2023

BSKB professionals, Dr. Hailey Bureau and Gerald “Jerry” Murphy, recently published an article with Law360. Their article “How High Court Amgen Case Could Alter Patent Enablement” discusses the effect that the Amgen v. Sanofi decision has had at the district court level and at proceedings at the USPTO. In particular, they describe how the pending decision by the U.S. Supreme Court will further affect the future of patent applications and patents regarding claim validity and enablement.

Click below to read the full article.

How High Court Amgen Case Could Alter Patent Enablement - Law360 If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Amgen v. Sanofi that it is not necessary for a patent to enable the full scope of the claimed embodiments without undue experimentation, practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in litigation could drastically change in the context of enablement challen...


New this year! We are excited to announce that we’re sponsoring the on March 16-17 in Chicago hosted by World Intellectual Property Review, where our very own MaryAnne Armstrong, PhD will be moderating a panel on Diversity & Inclusion. This two-day conference will bring together the industry’s leading IP Professionals offering unique insights into the patent profession.

This must-attend IP event will be packed full of visionary presentations, interactive panel discussions and deep-dive discussion groups. Take a look at the latest agenda here:

We hope to see you there!


Wishing a Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrated over the weekend! May the year of the rabbit bring hope for longevity, peace and prosperity


Key U.S. Supreme Court Developments in 2022 and Outlook for 2023 01/03/2023

BSKB's Hailey Bureau was recently published on IPWatchdog, Inc, sharing her thoughts on key SCOTUS decisions in 2022 that had an impact on patent and trademark law, and what we can look forward to in 2023. Check out her article here:

Key U.S. Supreme Court Developments in 2022 and Outlook for 2023 It’s that time again. As 2022 has come and (almost) gone, it’s time to look back at the exciting grants and surprising denials of certiorari petitions involving patent and trademark matters by the Supreme Court of the United States, and what to look forward to from the Court in 2023.

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After a year of hard work, we had so much fun celebrating with our coworkers at the annual BSKB Holiday Party! This was the first time some of us were able to meet each other in person in over two years! We enjoyed good food, drinks and conversation as we celebrated the holiday season.


Happy Holidays from BSKB!


No, you’re not seeing double – we just cannot resist LSPN! Yet again, BSKB is a sponsor of this year’s LSPN Europe 2022 conference in London hosted by Life Sciences IP Review , where BSKB’s MaryAnne Armstrong will be moderating a panel on ‘Patent Eligibility Issues Facing Life Science Innovators in Europe and the US.’

Taking place in London on November 29, this is a must-attend event to stay up-to-speed with the current thinking of your life sciences peers. Learn more:


Come meet us! BSKB is at American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)’s Annual Meeting 2022 at the Ga***rd in National Harbor – here is Hailey Bureau, Ph.D., MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., and Whitney Remily attending the Women in IP breakfast, sponsored by BSKB.

A new prescription for negative claim limitations - Issue 3 2022 10/11/2022

BSKB's Dr. Hailey Bureau was recently published in World Intellectual Property Review 's latest digital edition of World IP Review. In her article, “A new prescription for negative claim limitations,” Dr. Bureau discusses the CAFC’s precedential reversal in Novartis Pharms Corp v Accord Healthcare (Fed Cir, June 21, 2022) in regards to negative claim limitations. Dr. Bureau writes, “Not only does this decision raise the standard for written description support for negative limitations, but it also raises a unique procedural issue.” Check out the rest of the article here!

A new prescription for negative claim limitations - Issue 3 2022 Disputes over the virtual realm will test the boundaries of existing IP laws.


Happy National Working Parents Day! We are proud to recognize our members of staff who are both full-time parents and full-time employees. Working full time while raising a family can be challenging, especially during a pandemic. Here is our Senior Network Engineer, TJ Faudale and his “co-workers” - Thank you for all your hard work!


We’re excited to announce BSKB is a sponsor of this year’s LSPN North America 2022 conference in San Francisco hosted by World Intellectual Property Review, where BSKB’s MaryAnne Armstrong will be moderating a panel on ‘Fully Exploiting Your Innovations: Best Practice in Invention Harvesting.’

Taking place on November 1 at the Hyatt Regency, brings together the industry’s leading companies to discuss the biggest challenges facing the life sciences patent community and is the perfect opportunity to learn from and network with our global IP peers.

Take a look at the full agenda and speaker line-up here:


We’re excited to announce BSKB is a sponsor of this year’s WIPR Trademarks Live conference in Los Angeles hosted by World Intellectual Property Review , and our very own Michael T. Smith will be a speaker!

Taking place on September 22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, is the go-to event to get policy updates first-hand and practical tips around filing, enforcement, licensing and litigation.

Take a look at the full agenda and speaker line-up here:

Who Owns ‘Skin’? Kardashian’s ‘SKKN’ Facing Trademark Ambiguity 07/08/2022

BSKB’s Trademark Partner Mike Smith was recently quoted in an article by Bloomberg Law regarding Kim Kardashian’s new skin care line “SKKN by Kim”. The article discusses the launch of Kardashian’s brand despite the uncertainty surrounding the trademark and other brands that sell similar products under similar names. Mr. Smith’s quote reads “In this case, I think the marks are very similar. The goods seem to be the same or closely related. When those two factors weigh in favor of infringement, then typically you have a pretty good case.”
Read the full article below.

Who Owns ‘Skin’? Kardashian’s ‘SKKN’ Facing Trademark Ambiguity Kim Kardashian’s long-anticipated skin care line is set to launch Tuesday despite a mist of legal uncertainty surrounding her proposed “SKKN by Kim” trademark.

Pharma Patents Threatened by Federal Circuit, Petitions Say (1) 07/07/2022

BSKB's Hailey R. Bureau, Ph.D., was quoted in an article for Bloomberg Law regarding recent rulings by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding strict enforcement of certain Patent Act provisions. These rulings regarding Section 112, a written description requirement and an enablement standard, have created a high burden for Applicants in the life science industry to overcome.

Dr. Bureau was quoted saying "Hopefully the Supreme Court can provide a course correction for the course we’re on now. The court has been on this path for the past decade, but now it seems like the past three very recent decisions came to a head in the past year.”

Pharma Patents Threatened by Federal Circuit, Petitions Say (1) Pharmaceutical patent owners’ growing frustration with the Federal Circuit’s tightening of Patent Act provisions that require inventors to fully describe what they’ve created has led to multiple Supreme Court petitions seeking to bring the country’s primary patent appeals court to heel.


Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend – from all of us at BSKB ✨


BSKB’s MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. and Paul Lewis have been named Patent Stars for 2022. The annual IP Star Rankings, published by Managing IP, are awarded based on peer and client nominations. Additionally, BSKB has been named a “Recommended Firm” for Intellectual Property for 2022.

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This year's Summer Patent Seminar has officially ended! During the past two weeks, our participants got a crash course in all things 'Intellectual Property' through educational and informative lectures.
We also enjoyed activities at Topgolf, a retreat to Williamsburg at the Kingsmill Resort, and stunning panoramic views of DC from the Skydome Restaurant.
Thanks to all of our participants and lecturers for making this a year to remember!

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BSKB’s 2022 Summer Patent Seminar has officially begun! We kicked things off with a welcome reception for our participants at 2941 Restaurant. We look forward to a great seminar this year!

Cover - Issue 05/26/2022

We are proud to announce that BSKB’s MaryAnne Armstrong , Ph.D. has been selected to the WIPR Leaders 2022 Directory! This directory is known as the most comprehensive guide to leading IP practitioners across the world. MaryAnne had been selected for WIPR’s Leaders Directory every year since 2016 - Congrats MaryAnne!

Cover - Issue World IP Review - Essential reading for trademark, patent, and copyright professionals, lawyers and corporate counsel

BIO International Convention | BIO 05/23/2022

LET’S MEET UP! BSKB’s MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. and Hailey Bureau, Ph.D. will be attending BIO International Convention from June 13-16, 2022 in San Diego, CA. If you plan to attend BIO, please let us know. MaryAnne and Hailey would love to meet up.

BIO International Convention | BIO The Biotechnology Innovation Organization is the world's largest biotech trade association. Learn about BIO, register for events and explore member services.

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Happy Bike-to-Work Day! While most of our employees are still working from home, we think going on any sort of bike ride can count as biking to work! Here are two of our employees, Chad J. Billings and Jennifer Everhard, enjoying their rides.

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Some of our BSKB Partners attended INTA’s 2022 Annual Meeting in DC this past week – we hosted a cocktail reception and had a great turnout! Thanks to everyone who came and made it a night to remember.

Patent Law Institute 2022: Critical Issues & Best Practices - Practising Law Institute 05/03/2022

BSKB’s Chad Rink recently co-lectured with Briana Barron during the 2022 Patent Law Institute (PLI) virtual meeting. Their topic was “Responding to Examiner Rejections in Chem/Pharma/Bio Applications.” Chad and Briana discussed recent court decisions covering written description, obviousness, and inequitable conduct.

Patent Law Institute 2022: Critical Issues & Best Practices - Practising Law Institute The past several years have brought a dizzying array of changes in patent law, between new legislation, new USPTO procedures, and Supreme Court activity at a rate not seen in decades. The Institute is your answer to keeping abreast of these myriad developments, whether your practice focuses on litig...

Label ruling upends generic medicine makers - Issue 1 2022 04/28/2022

BSKB's MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D., discusses the case GSK v Teva and how "the effects of the ‘skinny label’ decision are being felt across pharma". Please click below to access the article in WIPR - World IP Review.

Label ruling upends generic medicine makers - Issue 1 2022 The effects of the ‘skinny label’ decision are still being felt across pharma.


A huge ‘Thank You’ to all of our administrative professionals – we are lucky to have such a talented team of support staff who help us achieve our goals, daily! Their tireless efforts serve as the glue of BSKB – and we wouldn’t be where we are without them – so THANK YOU!


Happy World Intellectual Property (IP) Day! World IP Day was established by WIPO to encourage innovation and creativity within IP. As an IP firm, we are committed to supporting our clients and ensuring they are making the most of their IP. Want to learn more? We have annual seminars on Intellectual Property that have been attended by practitioners from across the globe! This June we are hosting our Summer Patent Seminar. Registration closes April 30th, 2022 so sign up today!

Why the Prosecution Failed in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot - Bloomberg 04/15/2022

Bloomberg Law recently hosted a Podcast featuring prominent attorneys and legal scholars to analyze recent legal issues and cases. Among them, BSKB’s Leonard Svensson is featured discussing how “Impossible Foods is testing a tastes-like-meat patent in court.” For more insight on this topic, and to listen to the podcast, click the link below. Also available on Apple podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

Why the Prosecution Failed in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot - Bloomberg Host June Grasso speaks with prominent attorneys and legal scholars, analyzing major legal issues and cases in the news.


We’d like to welcome Skyla Duncan-Jules, Ph.D. to BSKB’s prosecution practice!

Skyla Duncan-Jules, Ph.D. specializes in prosecution for chemical and life sciences/biotech industries. In her career, she has received numerous awards for her research presentations and excellence in scientific writing locally and internationally.

We are excited to have her on our team. Welcome to BSKB, Skyla!


Happy Lunar New Year 2022 ! May this year of the Tiger bring you courage, strength and peace


BSKB is pleased to announce that Seth S. Kim has been promoted to Partner of the firm.

Mr. Kim’s practice includes all aspects of patent prosecution in a broad range of technologies, including various displays such as OLED and Micro LED, batteries, and renewable technologies.

Congratulations, Seth!


A huge congratulations to BSKB’s very own Hailey Bureau, Ph.D.! She has just been promoted to Associate after passing the Virginia Bar Exam. Congrats!

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