Oblon, Spivak Elects Four New Members and Elevates Six Attorneys to Senior Associate

January 5, 2007 – Firm News

For Immediate Release January 5, 2007

Alexandria, Va. – Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. is pleased to announce that Edwin D. Garlepp, Kirsten A. Grüneberg, Ph.D., Barry J. Herman and Scott A. McKeown, have been elected as members to the Firm. Additionally, six associates have been elevated to senior associates.

Edwin D. Garlepp practices in the firm's Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group, focusing on all areas of patent law including securing patent protection, drafting legal opinions and enforcing patents. He has technical expertise in semiconductor devices, processes and manufacturing equipment, and is also experienced in a broad array of consumer electronic technologies. Before attending law school, Mr. Garlepp worked on communications and radar equipment for the U.S. Navy, and worked as an Electronics Systems Quality Engineer at Electromagnetic Sciences, Inc. He also served as a Patent Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he specialized in redundant power sources and electronic switching systems. Mr. Garlepp received his J.D. from The University of Georgia School of Law. He received his B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.

Kirsten A. Grüneberg, Ph.D. practices chemical patent prosecution in the firm's Chemical Practice Group. Dr. Grüneberg has published more than 20 papers and has been an invited speaker regarding her research at international conferences in the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Korea. She is an inventor on several U.S. and foreign patents. Dr. Grüneberg received her J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law. She received her M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry, summa cum laude, and her B.S. degree in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the E.-M.-Arndt-Universität in Germany. After receiving her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, magna cum laude, from the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany, Dr. Grüneberg was awarded a Lynen-Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany to perform research for three years at the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

Barry J. Herman is a patent attorney in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. He represents domestic and foreign clients involved in patent and other intellectual property disputes before the United States Federal District Courts and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Herman received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and was awarded the Order of the Coif upon graduation. He received his B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Scott A. McKeown focuses his practice on client counseling, litigation and patent prosecution in the firm's Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group. He has experience in diversified technologies which include semiconductor fabrication, computer software, telecommunications, e-commerce applications, and consumer electronics. Mr. McKeown received his J.D. from Temple University School of Law. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from Temple University.

New senior associates:

Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D. practices in the firm's Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group and prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the electrical, computer, medical imaging, and bioinformatic arts, and on patent interferences. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Ohio State University. Dr. Berger received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, with a specialization in computational fluid dynamics, from the University of Wisconsin, where his research was supported by the National Science Foundation. He received a M.S. in Systems Engineering, a B.S. in Computer Engineering, and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University.

John D. Dellinger, D.V.M. practices all areas of patent prosecution and litigation in the firm's Chemical and Litigation Practice Groups. Dr. Dellinger received his J.D. from The College of William and Mary. He received his D.V.M. degree from North Carolina State University, where he also received his B.S. degree, cum laude. Dr. Dellinger practiced veterinary medicine for seven years prior to attending law school.

Remus F. Fetea, Ph.D. practices patent prosecution in the firm's Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, he was a research scientist with Condensed Matter Research Institute of Timisoara, Romania, a research scientist with the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of Cape Town and a senior lecturer in the same department. Dr. Fetea received his J.D. degree from George Mason University Law School. He holds a Ph.D. in physics, with a specialization in Elementary Particle Physics, from University of Cape Town, South Africa. He received his M.S. and B.S. degrees from University of Timisoara, Romania.

Stefan Uwe Koschmieder, Ph.D. practices in the firm's Chemical Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Koschmieder worked for several years in the chemical industry. He has published over 40 technical papers in his field. Dr. Koschmieder received his J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School. After receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Texas, Dr. Koschmieder held a post-doctoral fellowship at Imperial College in London England with Nobel Laureate Prof. Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson. He also has an MBA from the University of Houston.

Vincent K. Shier, Ph.D. focuses his practice on chemical and biotechnology patent prosecution in the firm's Chemical Practice Group. Dr. Shier received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester, with a double major in biology and chemistry.

Edward W. Tracy, Jr. focuses on patent prosecution in the firm's Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group. Before attending law school, Mr. Tracy was an engineer at Raytheon Electronic Systems. Mr. Tracy received his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. He received a M.S. degree in Physics from Indiana University. He received his B.S. degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with honors, from Purdue 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.