Stephen G. Kunin to Serve as Director of J.D. and LL.M. Programs in Intellectual Property Law at George Mason University School of Law

March 29, 2005 – Firm News

Alexandria, Va. - Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. is pleased to announce that Stephen G. Kunin has been named the Director of the J.D. and LL.M. Programs in Intellectual Property Law at the George Mason University School of Law. Kunin, who will continue to serve as special counsel to Oblon, Spivak, brings more than 30 years of expertise in intellectual property rights protection to his new position, as well as 24 years of organizational management and leadership experience.

"I accepted the position of the IP Law Program Director because I felt that I could make a valuable contribution to the law school as an experienced senior executive and professor of patent law," said Kunin. "The law school has an outstanding faculty and one of the most comprehensive curricula in intellectual property law in the nation. I would like to see the stature of the law school grow while meeting the educational needs of its students who would like to practice in the intellectual property law profession, whether in the public or private sector."

"Steve Kunin will make an enormous difference to the George Mason's IP law program, one that will leave a lasting impression. I have no doubt that his contributions will be felt well beyond his immediate direction, as they will impact the future of every one of those IP law students," said Marvin Spivak, the Firm's managing partner. "We are fortunate to have such a respected and experienced legal scholar as part of our Firm."

As of counsel to the Firm, Kunin focuses on doing expert witness, consulting and legal opinion work, and he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

He served as former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy at the USPTO for 10 years before joining Oblon, Spivak. Kunin had joined the USPTO as a patent examiner in 1970, and was closely involved with patent policy and legal matters there during most of his tenure as a senior executive. Also notable was his designation by the Secretary of Commerce as acting Assistant Commissioner for Patents in 1993. Kunin is a past chairman of the Patent Examiner Evaluation Board, in addition to his many other leadership roles within the USPTO.

Kunin is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and the Vice President's Reinventing Government Hammer Award. In 2001 he was named by Intellectual Property Today magazine as one of the most influential people in IP law, and the February 2002 issue of Global Counsel named him one of the most inspiring regulators in the federal government. A vice-chair of the IPO U.S. Patent Practice Committee, he is the author of numerous articles and a frequent guest lecturer at law schools.

A 1970 honors graduate of Washington University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Kunin received his J.D. with honors from the National Law Center of the George Washington University in 1975. He attended the prestigious Harvard University Kennedy School of Government SMG Program.

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.