Kirk’s work in the U.S. and in Asia, tied with his experience with Fortune 500 companies and startups, provides him theknow-how to counsel clients at all stages of invention, patent prosecution, intellectual property enforcement, and litigation.
Kirk began his legal career in Tokyo, and routinely works with U.S., Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and European intellectualproperty matters. Kirk’s cases have involved a broad range of technologies, including computer networking, cellularcommunications, video gaming, virtual reality, machine learning/artificial intelligence, military weapons systems,blockchain technologies, aerospace flight systems, video encoding, petroleum engineering, optoelectronics, data storage,magnetics, agronomy, and toys. Kirk is a Blockchain Legal Specialist as certified by the Government BlockchainAssociation. Kirk also speaks Japanese and is actively studying Korean.
One of Managing IP's Rising Stars, Kirk has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in multimillion-dollarpatent infringement trials in federal court. He has counseled Fortune 500 companies on topics including patent portfoliomanagement and intellectual property enforcement.
An active member of the business community both in Washington, D.C., and abroad, Kirk has counseled startups andspoken at startup and M&A conferences around the world. Kirk is also a frequent contributor to the blog Patent Arcade,where he writes on video game intellectual property law.
Before joining Banner Witcoff, in addition to his intellectual property practice, Kirk worked with clients in response toDepartment of Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Securities and Exchange Commission investigationsthat involved technical issues such as data security.
Kirk devotes a significant amount of his time to charity and pro bono matters. He has successfully represented a Guantanamo Bay detainee in military proceedings, victims of sexual violence in U-Visa proceedings, and numerous adultsand minors in other immigration proceedings. He also routinely prepares testamentary documents for indigent seniorcitizens. Outside of the law, Kirk is the head of a charity events organization in Washington, D.C., where he seeks to providefundraising opportunity to local nonprofits and causes.