Fish & Richardson Principal Richard Sterba Awarded Distinguished Service Medal from Linn Inn Alliance

Fish & Richardson announced that Richard Sterba, a principal in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, will be awarded a Distinguished Service Medal from the Linn Inn Alliance in recognition of his outstanding service in bringing the American Inns of Court (AIC) experience to the Intellectual Property (IP) law community. Sterba will be honored at a special reception at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on April 1, 2016.

The AIC is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who are dedicated to professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. The Linn Inn Alliance, which was founded by Judge Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is a rapidly growing group of 25 Inns of Court in major cities throughout the U.S. and in Japan focused on the practice of IP law.

For over 10 years, Sterba served as an officer of The Hon. Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, which is located in Washington, D.C. and is the largest and oldest IP Inn of Court in the U.S. Beginning as Inn administrator in 2003, he rose to serve as Inn president from 2011-2012. In 2011, he assisted in the formation of The Hon. Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court in Alexandria, Virginia, and has served as a board liaison since 2015.

At Fish, Sterba leads complex patent cases at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in district courts across the country. He has handled more than 20 Section 337 investigations at the ITC, including more than 10 trials. His litigation experience runs the gamut from representing some of the largest and most respected companies in the U.S. and Asia to representing startup companies and individuals in cases spanning a wide range of technologies.

Sterba is a sought-after speaker on topics related to the ITC, its practices and procedures, and strategic considerations for both complainants and respondents. He is also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1998 and his B.S., magna cum laude, in physics and mathematics from Westminster College in 1995.