Groombridge, Wu, Baughman & Stone founding partner Steve Baughman was named Patent Trial and Appeal Board Practitioner of the Year at the 2024 Managing IP Americas Awards gala in New York on April 25, 2024. The Firm also won an Impact Case of the Year award for its successful representation of Genentech, in district court and in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Baxalta v. Genentech, led by founding partner Eric Stone.

The Managing IP Americas Awards, widely regarded as the most comprehensive and respected intellectual property firm awards event in the legal industry, recognizes remarkable IP achievements and developments in the last year. Nominations are assessed using an extensive research methodology based on data supplied by firms and publicly available information such as court and IP office records. 

Steve is a leading practitioner nationally in handling post-grant trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He served as counsel for four of the PTAB’s first-day filings, including the first post-grant trial to reach a final decision, which Managing IP previously named a “Milestone Case of the Year.” Over his first four and a half years of trials at the PTAB, Steve amassed a 47-0 record in final written decisions on behalf of challengers, while also defending key patents for patent owners, and to date he has been counsel of record in more than 200 PTAB trials.