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Oblon Spivak Adds Prominent Patent Prosecution Group

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013

Alexandria, Va. –Intellectual property law firm Oblon Spivak LLP further strengthens its patent prosecution capabilities with the addition of an electrical practice group from Oliff & Berridge, PLC.  The group includes partner John S. Kern, associate Andy N. Kim and technical specialist Yanwen (Julia) Fei and has deep experience with complex electrical and computer technologies.

“John and his group further extend the firm's ability to handle the most technically challenging electrical and computer matters,” said Bradley Lytle, Oblon Spivak’s Managing Partner. “The lateral group will help extend the Oblon Spivak brand, which has become synonymous with in-depth knowledge of the U.S. patent system and superior technical and scientific skill.”

Kern joins Oblon Spivak as a partner where he will continue to expand all aspects of his practice including opinion work, counseling, patent prosecution and litigation.  He has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting utility and design applications and representing clients in reexamination matters.  Kern also is a skilled appellate practitioner, having years of experience before the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board and its predecessor, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.  Additionally, Kern has successfully represented numerous clients in litigation before various district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Some of Kern’s clients include leading semiconductor, telecommunications, and information technology companies. 

Kern’s arrival comes on the heels of the addition of lateral partners Greg Gardella from Irell & Manella and Michael Kiklis from Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, and is part of Oblon Spivak’s ongoing and strategic expansion in key areas.

“Oblon Spivak is a preeminent intellectual property firm that has a strong reputation for handling complex patent work for some of the most prestigious companies in the world and we are very pleased to be joining such an esteemed group of professionals," said Kern.  “I see Oblon Spivak as a terrific platform that will take our practice to the next level and enhance a synergy that already exists within our group.” 

Andy Kim, an associate in Kern’s group, has over a decade of engineering experience in the fields of integrated circuit design and communication systems.  He handles all aspects of patent prosecution and has expertise in infringement and validity opinions.

Technical specialist Yanwen (Julia) Fei also has over a decade of engineering experience in the integrated circuit industry.  She has drafted more than 200 non-provisional U.S. patent applications and prosecuted numerous applications in the electrical arts.

Assisting clients for over 40 years, Oblon Spivak is one of the largest intellectual property specialty firms in the United States. The firm provides a full range of intellectual property services and is the recognized leader in patent prosecution and post grant trials before the USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board. The firm also represents their clients in all forms of intellectual property litigation, including trademark, copyright and trade dress disputes.

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