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Oblon, Spivak Elects Two Partners and Elevates Three Senior Attorneys and Seven Senior Associates

For Immediate Release
January 10, 2011

Oblon, Spivak Elects Two Partners and Elevates Three Senior Attorneys and Seven Senior Associates

Alexandria, Va. – Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. announces Jacob Doughty and Andrew Harry have been elected partners and former senior associates Kevin McKinley, Edward Tracy, Jr. and Zachary Stern have been elevated to senior attorneys. In addition, Derek Benke, Chris Bullard, Sameer Gokhale, Colin Harris, James Love, Johnny Ma and Marina Miller have been elevated to senior associates.

The new partners:

Jacob Doughty is an attorney in the firm's Chemical Patent Prosecution Group who focuses on patent preparation and prosecution for leading U.S., Japanese and European companies. He is experienced in all facets of patent procurement, including application drafting, ex parte prosecution, ex parte appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and post-grant proceedings. Mr. Doughty also has extensive experience in areas other than patent preparation and prosecution, including patent litigation and licensing.  He received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law and his B.A. from Florida State University in English Literature with a minor in Chemistry.

Andrew Harry is a wireless communications patent attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution group. A former Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the wireless communications arts and a former satellite communications systems engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton, he brings a deep understanding of sciences and technologies underlying his clients’ innovations as well as extensive hands-on industry experience. Mr. Harry prosecutes patent applications in a wide range of communications technologies and is especially skilled in wireless communications systems, telecommunications, and related protocols. He received his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Electrical Engineering, specializing in communications and digital signal processing.

The new senior attorneys:

Kevin McKinley, a patent prosecution lawyer in the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution Groups, focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, opinions, and client counseling. As a former patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Mr. McKinley has an insider’s perspective on the patent approval process. He is able to accelerate consideration of his clients’ patents by drawing upon his USPTO experience and by regularly conducting personal interviews with patent examiners.  He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law and his B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Engineering Science and Mechanics, with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering.

Edward Tracy, Jr. is a registered patent attorney in the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution and Industrial Designs groups. Representing well-established and emerging electrical and mechanical companies, he prosecutes patents ranging from innovations involving aerospace systems and technologies to the full range of electronics patents including image-processing devices for digital cameras, battery technology for camcorders and video cameras, utility and design patents for camera batteries, and optic sensors. Mr. Tracy received his J.D. degree from Boston College Law School and has an M.S. degree in Physics from Indiana University. He received his B.S. degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with honors, from Purdue University.

Zachary Stern, a registered patent attorney, is a member of the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution and Post Grant Patent practice groups. He is experienced in preparing and prosecuting patent applications and reexaminations, providing opinions regarding patent validity and infringement, and counseling clients regarding ITC litigation strategy and product design alternatives to avoid infringement. Mr. Stern’s patent practice includes representing both foreign and domestic clients of all sizes to protect inventions across a broad range of technologies including semiconductor design and fabrication, optics and photography, satellite telecommunications, and wind power generation. He received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

The new senior associates:

Derek Benke is a technology patent attorney practicing in the firm’s Electrical Patent Prosecution group, has experience prosecuting and drafting patent applications for highly rated, large, multinational corporations in a multitude of technologies. These include consumer electronics, semiconductor devices, signal compression and encoding schemes, computer hardware and software, communications systems, audio and video processing, display technologies, medical devices, aerospace and automotive components, and business methods.  He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, and his B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in Electrical Engineering, with a Mathematics minor.

Sameer Gokhale is an attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution group. He prosecutes patents for a diverse clientele in the electrical and mechanical fields, including printing and copying technology, semiconductors and semiconductor manufacturing, display systems, digital rights management, and personal electronic devices. Additionally, as a wireless industry patent attorney, he has prosecuted patents for wireless communications technologies. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and his B.S. from University of Maryland College Park in Electrical Engineering.

Colin Harris is a patent protection attorney in the firm’s Mechanical Patent Prosecution and Industrial Designs groups. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications in many fields, including automotive and aerospace technologies, packaging, consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, and medical devices. Mr. Harris also provides client counseling, including clearance reviews and infringement and validity opinions for utility and design patents.  He received his J.D. from George Mason University and his B.S. from University of Virginia in Mechanical Engineering.

James Love is an attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution Practice Group. He regularly drafts and prosecutes patent applications for dozens of clients in many fields including computer software, telecommunications, networking, wireless technologies, semiconductors, encryption, medical devices, computer hardware and device UI technologies.  He also works with overseas clients, managing their U.S. patent portfolios. He received his J.D. from College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe Law School and his B.S. from Cedarville University in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.

Johnny Ma is a registered patent prosecution attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution group. He represents clients in protecting their core technologies and obtaining patents for standards aimed at increasing recognition of their technologies as international standards. He prosecutes non-provisional and reissue patent applications relating to a wide range of technologies including printers, cameras, displays, networking, wireless communications, semiconductors, power devices and information processing. He received his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and his B.S. from University of Virginia in Electrical Engineering.

Marina Miller, Ph.D. is an intellectual property attorney in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution group focused on chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents. Her practice includes all phases of patent prosecution, including the preparation of patent applications, client counseling, providing patentability, invalidity and infringement opinions, and patent reexamination proceedings. Dr. Miller has experience litigating pharmaceutical patents including abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) litigations, advising pioneering and generic pharmaceutical companies on U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues, and providing counseling and due diligence investigatory guidance. She received her J.D. from University of Maryland School of Law and her Ph.D. from Institute of Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms (Moscow, Russia) in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry.

Assisting clients for 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.

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