Oblon, Spivak Announces Two New Partners and Elevates Four Attorneys to Senior Associate

January 6, 2006 – Firm News

Alexandria, Va. – Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. is pleased to announce that Frank J. West and Akihiro Yamazaki have been elected as partners to the Firm. Additionally, the firm elevated four associates to senior associate level.

Frank J. West is a partner who practices in the firm's Litigation Department. He has experience in patent litigation in the Federal District Courts and in section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission. He received his Law degree and a M.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. He received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Baker University.

Akihiro Yamazaki is a partner in the firm's Chemical Department. His practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a wide range of chemistry-related technologies. He received his Law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida. He is fluent in Japanese.

New senior associates:

Thomas M. Cunningham, Ph.D., is a patent attorney in the firm's Chemical Department. His practice includes the prosecution of chemical and biotechnological inventions. Dr. Cunningham is a former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his Law degree from the George Washington University. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Drugs and Biologics at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he investigated the molecular biology of host/parasite interactions. He holds an S.B. in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied genetics and the molecular biology of plants. He also has an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the Anderson School of Management at U.C.L.A.

Alexander E. Gasser practices in the firm's Litigation Department. He has experience in patent litigation before various district courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in complex patent interference proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has litigation experience in several technologies, including pharmaceuticals, computer software, various mechanical arts, and electrical devices. He graduated cum laude from Marquette University's Law School. He received a B.A. degree from Cornell University. He is fluent in German.

Ronald A. Rudder, Ph.D., is an attorney in the firm's Electrical/Mechanical Department, focusing on patent prosecution. He has 13 years of experience as a Senior Research Engineer at the Center for Semiconductor Research at Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. He is a former Adjunct Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rudder received his Law degree from the George Washington University School of Law. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from North Carolina State University and his B.S. degree in Mathematics and Physics from Lynchburg College.

Andrew K. Beverina practices in the firm's Litigation department, focusing on patent litigation in the district courts and at the Federal Circuit. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and his B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Assisting clients for more than 35 years, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C., in Alexandria, Va., 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. The firm also continues to have a significant trademark, copyright and patent interference practice.