Patent Reexamination Specialist Greg Gardella Moves to Oblon Spivak’s Leading Post Grant Patent Group

November 1, 2011 – Firm News

For Immediate Release 

November 1, 2011

Alexandria, Va. – Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. proudly announces that patent reexamination specialist Greg Gardella is joining the firm’s post grant patent practice team as a partner. He most recently was the director of Irell & Manella's reexamination practice.

Mr. Gardella leverages his extensive litigation background to focus on adversarial post grant USPTO proceedings. A distinguished reexamination specialist, he has handled a significant amount of high-profile patent reexamination disputes, such as the noteworthy defense of the famous TiVo time warp patent. The successful defense of the TiVo patent reexamination led to a $500 million dollar licensing settlement with rival EchoStar.

“Our post grant practice group is noted as having recovered more high value patents from reexamination over the last few years proceedings than any other. Greg will fit right in with our team of prominent practitioners, and we’re absolutely thrilled to have him, as our clients will benefit enormously from his insights and experience,” said Oblon Spivak Managing Partner Richard Kelly.

In joining forces with the Oblon Spivak post grant team, Mr. Gardella rounds out a roster of highly regarded specialists including former USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Stephen Kunin, former Administrative Patent Judge Lee Barrett, as well as prominent post grant specialist and commentator Scott McKeown.

Assisting clients for more than 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.