June 22, 2011
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery is pleased to announce that Kenneth W. Hairston has joined the firm as Counsel in our Washington D.C. office. Mr. Hairston most recently served for the past 23 years as an Administrative Patent Judge at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. There he decided over 1,000 appeals involving disputes over patentability of inventions arising from electrical, mechanical, computer, and inorganic chemical technologies.
Drawing upon the deep insights and extensive experience he gained from his judicial experience, Mr. Hairston will counsel clients in complex patent prosecution matters and patent office appeals, as well as administrative post-patent grant challenges, including ex parte reexaminations.
Prior to his appointment as a judge, Mr. Hairston worked for seven years with the U.S. Navy’s Office of Patent Counsel and Office of General Counsel, focusing on intellectual property rights matters in government contracts. Before entering government service, he was in private practice.
The firm is delighted to welcome Mr. Hairston to the Fitch Even team.