<![CDATA[ATFirm PLLC - NEWS]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:03:59 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[ATFirm PLLC launches New Website]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 02:51:36 GMThttp://atfirm.com/news/atfirm-pllc-launches-new-website
ATFirm PLLC today launched a new and improved version of its website including a new refreshed logo and enhanced capabilities to better connect with clients.  Office Manager Michelle Albrecht, and Vice President of Marketing spearheaded the effort to update the website with an eye toward mobile device accessibility, and enhanced social media marketing capabilities.  "I am very impressed with the results and am proud to have been able to contribute some of the content relating to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), among other sections." said Ralph Albrecht, Partner ATFirm PLLC.
<![CDATA[IP Partner Mentors Falls Church High School FIRST Robotics Competition Team]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://atfirm.com/news/ip-partner-mentors-falls-church-high-school-first-robotics-competition-team​ATFirm PLLC Partner Ralph Albrecht helped mentor the Falls Church High School (FCHS) Robotics Club's FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 6504 through its award-winning rookie season. The team was the recipient of two Rookie Inspiration Awards at Regional FRC Tournaments.  Albrecht, along with fellow volunteer coach Sokhom Kith of the Naval Research Labs (NRL) have been mentoring the FCHS Robotics Club the past three years at FCHS in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), as well as in VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) class robotics competitions.  A former FIRST Lego League mentor and volunteer coach at Fairhill Elementary School, Albrecht has found rewarding the increasing complexity of guiding the youth members, as they tackle ever more demanding STEM challenges.  Albrecht, a former avionics systems development and submarine command control system, electrical engineer at IBM, and present intellectual property law partner, finds it satisfying staying up to date on the latest technologies, to help guide the students he leads.  "We guide the kids in programming in Java and RobotC, and mobile applications in Android Studio and website development in HTML5, PHP, and MySQL, Vision Processing and Arduino development, and other robotics and software development platforms"says Albrecht. "I love working with the kids, teaching them to solder, design and manufacture using 3D Printing, and in building these sophisticated electro-mechanical multi-subsystem robots. We helped launch the robotics club at FCHS with computer science teachers Mr. Dan Tra, and Mr. John Bertha, and have continued to have the club grow and flourish with the help of tech shop teach Mr. Jim Steele, and the support of Principal Dr. Ben Nowak."  The school has appreciated the support from ATFirm PLLC over the years. 
The FCHS Robotics Club's rookie FRC 2017 season culminated with a visit from The Hon. Don Beyer, Congressman of Virginia's 11th District, along with School Board Representative Sandy Evans, shown here at the FCHS Innovation Lab, on the eve of the March for Science in Washington, DC.
<![CDATA[Susan Dadio to host 141st Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) 2012 Annual Banquet]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:00:00 GMThttp://atfirm.com/news/susan-dadio-to-host-141st-bar-association-of-the-district-of-columbia-badc-2012-annual-banquet
​Susan Dadio of ATFirm will host the Annual Banquet at the the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. 

​Susan M. Dadio, Partner of ATFirm.com, serving as President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) (www.badc.org) will host the BADC Annual Banquet at the JW Marriott Hotel at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004.   The 141st Annual Banquet will be December 1, 2012, from 6pm until Midnight.  Music will be provided by Deaf Dog and the Indictments. Sponsorships are available.

The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), headquartered at 1016 16th Street, NW in Washington, DC, was founded in 1871, is the country's third oldest bar, and serves as DC’s premier general voluntary bar.

<![CDATA[Intellectual Property Lawfirm Adopts New Name ATFirm PLLC]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2012 05:00:00 GMThttp://atfirm.com/news/intellectual-property-lawfirm-adopts-new-name-atfirm-pllc
The Intellectual Property (IP) Lawfirm formerly known as Albrecht Tousi & Farnum PLLC has rebranded itself ATFirm PLLC (http://www.atfirm.com).

ATFirm PLLC continues to reside at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006.  The firm's Managing Partner, Ralph Albrecht, a former AmLaw 100 partner says the firm "continues to include several partners, each of whom has decades of experience in protecting IP, with a particular emphasis on providing patent related legal services to its domestic high tech clientele."​
<![CDATA[Former AMLaw 100 IP Lawyers found new DC-based Law Firm]]>Mon, 01 Mar 2010 05:00:00 GMThttp://atfirm.com/news/former-amlaw-100-ip-lawyers-found-new-dc-based-law-firm
Albrecht Tousi & Farnum PLLC announced the formation March 1, 2010, of a new intellectual property (IP) boutique based in Washington, DC (http://www.atfirm.com). Ralph P. Albrecht, Cameron H. Tousi, and David M. Farnum, formerly of Venable LLP, are the founding members of the firm, which will focus on the enforcement and procurement of IP rights.  
Having represented leading multinationals as well as startups, the founding partners and counsel are experienced in all avenues of technology protection and enforcement, from licensing and litigation, to technology transactions, to building sophisticated domestic patent prosecution and outbound foreign filing programs. 

Mr. Albrecht is an American Bar Foundation Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), and former Chair of the BADC’s Patent Trademark Copyright (PTC) Section, who served as co-chair of Venable's patent prosecution practice group from 2000-2004. Mr. Albrecht will continue his patent litigation, licensing and patent procurement practice at Albrecht Tousi & Farnum PLLC (http://www.atfirm.com). Prior to joining private practice of law in 1997, Mr. Albrecht was a leading technical consultant with IBM from 1989-1999. 

Mr. Tousi is a distinguished IP licensing and litigation attorney with an active intellectual practice for leading corporations. Mr. Tousi previously served as Director of Intellectual Property for the Telecommunications Business of Samsung Electronics, and has had a distinguished career with such firms as Booz Allen Hamilton and IBM. Mr. Tousi, along with Mr. Albrecht, had joined Venable in May of 2000 through merger with Lane, Aitken & McCann. 

Mr. Farnum has built a national reputation as an intellectual property litigator and licensing attorney through his years with Venable and Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on patent trial, appellate and other intellectual property work in a variety of technologies ranging from electronics, telecommunications products and services, software, computer hardware and financial services. 

“As a past president of the Bar Association of DC, the nation’s third oldest bar association, I am proud we are founding our firm in the Nation’s capital city,” said Albrecht. As former co-chair of Venable’s patent prosecution group, focusing on its domestic patent practice, Albrecht oversaw a period of unprecedented growth in that firm’s patent practice, while building a world class patent foreign filing department in its Washington Office, before moving his practice more recently to its Northern Virginia office.
“This boutique law firm platform will enable us to meet a growing need in the IP services marketplace at a time when businesses around the country and across the globe are seeking creative, cost effective solutions to increasingly difficult legal and financial challenges," Mr. Farnum said. Agreeing, Mr. Tousi underscored, "our combination of large firm and intellectual property boutique legal and industry experience will provide the firm the ability to provide cost effective, high quality legal services solutions to clients of all sizes.” "Founding our own IP firm to continue to grow our respective legal services businesses has been a life’s dream of each of the principals," Mr. Albrecht said.