Oblon, Spivak Elects Four New Partners and Names Six New Senior Associates

January 2, 2008 – Firm News

For Immediate Release

(January 2, 2008) Alexandria, Va. – Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. is pleased to announce four new partners have been elected to the Firm: Stephen G. Kunin, Robert C. Nissen, Stefan U. Koschmieder, Ph.D. and Vincent K. Shier, Ph.D. Additionally, six associates have been elevated to senior associates.

Stephen G. Kunin’s practice principally includes serving as testifying expert witness on patent examination policy, practice and procedure and providing consultation services to clients on patent law reform, rulemaking, and strategic approaches to dealing with complex patent prosecution matters. He is the former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Mr. Kunin performed many leadership roles at the PTO and received numerous honors during his tenure including a Presidential Rank Award. Mr. Kunin graduated with honors from Washington University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. He attended the National Law Center of the George Washington University where he received his J.D. with honors. He is registered to practice before the PTO and is a member of the Virginia State Bar and bars of the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court of the United States.

Robert C. Nissen practices in the Litigation Practice Group, where he specializes in patent litigation. In 1987, he received a patent for his work on cellular telephone technology. He has practiced in state courts, federal district courts, federal appellate courts and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Nissen received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. After law school, he was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Harry Lee Hudspeth of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He received his M.S. in Engineering from Southern Methodist University and his B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University.

Stefan U. Koschmieder, Ph.D. practices in the Chemical and Litigation Practice Groups. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Koschmieder worked for several years in the chemical industry. His areas of expertise include organometallic chemistry, catalysis, polyolefin polymers, polycarbonate plastics, and polymer additives. 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. practices in the Chemical & Biotechnology Practice Group. His focus is chemical and biotechnology patent prosecution. He also has extensive experience with reexamination and reissue applications and procedures. His areas of technical expertise include: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and pharmaceuticals. 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. from the University of Rochester, with a double major in biology and chemistry.

New senior associates:

Tia. D. Fenton practices in the Litigation Practice Group. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Fenton worked as a Forensic DNA Analyst at Cellmark Diagnostics, Inc., and as a Forensic DNA Examiner at the Department of Defense's Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory. Ms. Fenton received a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, an M.S. in Forensic Science, with a concentration in DNA technologies, from Marshall University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Kevin M. McKinley practices in the Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group, and focuses on patent prosecution. Mr. McKinley has experience in technologies including organ transplant devices, vehicle airbags, semiconductor fabrication, video processing and display, hybrid vehicles, image reproduction and electro-optics. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Eric W. Schweibenz practices in the Litigation Practice Group, and focuses on patent litigation in the federal courts and the International Trade Commission. He has extensive experience in complex litigation including intellectual property, and has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including medical devices, semiconductor manufacturing, automotive, liquid crystal display technologies, and gas turbine engines. Mr. Schweibenz received his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law and his B.A. from West Chester University.

Andrew T. Harry practices in the Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group, and focuses on patent prosecution. He has experience prosecuting patent applications in technologies which include terrestrial wireless communications systems, satellite communications systems, telecommunications, digital signal processing, network architectures, electro-mechanical assemblies, audio and video processing and display technologies, signal compression and encoding schemes, recording medium formatting and construction, e-commerce, business methods and many other related technologies. Mr. Harry received his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in communications and digital signal processing.

Zachary S. Stern practices in the Electrical/Mechanical Practice Group. His patent work draws upon over 18 years of experience in the design and development of custom integrated circuits, electronic subsystems for aircraft, satellite, and ground vehicle applications, satellite and digital radio based vehicle tracking and communication systems, and a variety of software applications for strategic simulation, locale visualization, and mission planning. Mr. Stern received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He also received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Assisting clients for 40 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.