Chambers USA 2012 Again Ranks Oblon Spivak Among Top IP Firms in Northern Virginia

June 8, 2012 – Firm News
Chambers USA 2012

For Immediate Release 

June 8, 2012

Alexandria, Va.– Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that the Firm is again a highly ranked law firm for intellectual property in Northern Virginia in Chambers USA 2012. Additionally, the following partners are recognized as key individuals among intellectual property attorneys in the state: Arthur Neustadt is recognized in the first band, Charles Gholz is noted in the second band and Stephen Kunin and James Kulbaski are in the third band.

Chambers USA’s profile about the firm and attorneys states:

  • “This specialist IP firm advises clients across a variety of sectors on the full range of matters, including counseling, patent prosecution and litigation. Of particular note is its expertise in representing clients in post-grant proceedings in the USPTO. Sony, Toshiba and L’Oréal feature among its fine roster of clients.
  • Sources say:They know my business and give good service without me needing to explain what I need.’
  • Market sources single out Arthur Neustadt as “highly experienced,” “highly competent” and a “first-rate lawyer.” He heads the firm's litigation practice.Charles Gholz is “the guy you go to when you have a tough strategy question,” say clients. He is highly regarded for his patent interference practice. Stephen Kunin is an “excellent attorney who is highly practical and gives good advice to his clients,” sources say. He has particular expertise in patent matters before the USPTO and he chairs the firm’s patent reexamination and reissue group. James Kulbaski is commonly called upon for his expertise in relation to patent pools and patent standards.”

Arthur Neustadt, one of the firm's founders, has successfully tried jury and bench cases in all areas of technology before the federal district courts and the ITC and argued appeals before the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit and the regional circuit courts of appeal. He argued the landmark Festo case before the Supreme Court and twice before the en banc Federal Circuit.

Charles Gholz, a partner in the Litigation and Patent Interferences practice groups, specializes in patent interferences in all technology areas.

Stephen Kunin is a partner and General Counsel in the firm and chairs the Post Grant Patent Proceedings practice group. He is the former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, with more than three decades of experience within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He serves as a patent consultant of patent office practice for attorneys and clients of the firm and as an expert witness on patent policy, practice and procedure.

James Kulbaski, a partner in the Electrical Patent Prosecution, Patent Pools and Standards, and Litigation practice groups, focuses his practice on electrical technologies, communications standards, computer hardware/software and digital video encoding, and is a leader in patent pools and obtaining patents related to industry standards.

Since 1999, Chambers & Partners has been researching the U.S. legal profession and ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. It is also widely used by firms for referral purposes.

Assisting clients for more than 40 years, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. is one of the largest intellectual property specialty firms in the United States. The firm provides a full range of intellectual property services, including litigation matters in all courts, as well as trademark, copyright and patent interference services.