the firm's post-grant practitioners are some of the most experienced in the country.

Michael R. Casey, Ph.D.
Soumya  Panda
Bogdan A. Zinchenko
J. Derek  Mason, Ph.D., CLP
Teddy S. Gron
Erik M. Stang, Ph.D.
Alec M. Royka
Kevin M. McKinley
Aristotelis M. Psitos
Yanwen  Fei
Yin Y. Nelson, Ph.D.
Long  Phan, Ph.D.
Ryan W. Smith
Stephen G. Baxter, Ph.D.
Colin B. Harris
Aldo  Martinez
Frank J. West
Maki  Saitoh
Christopher I. Donahue
John S. Kern
Elissa L. Sanford
Dale M. Shaw
Richard D. Kelly
Robert  Tarcu
Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D.
Robert W. Downs
Anna Z. Lloyd
Nanlin  Wang, Ph.D.
Derek  Lightner, Ph.D.
Ching-Cheng (Tony)  Chang
Chika (Teranishi) Iitoyo
Grace E. Kim
Surinder  Sachar
Johnny  Ma
Robert T. Pous
Steven B. Chang
Alexander B. Englehart
Tia D. Fenton
David M. Longo, Ph.D.
Daniel J. Pereira, Ph.D.
Jay E. Rowe, Jr., Ph.D.
Matthew H. Everhart, Ph.D.
Thomas M. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Andrew M. Ollis
Sameer  Gokhale
Yuki  Onoe
Vincent K. Shier, Ph.D.
Marina I. Miller, Ph.D.
Norman F. Oblon
Yuanyi (Alex) Zhang
Charles L. Gholz
Arthur I. Neustadt
John F. Presper
Nicholas  Rosa, Ph.D.
Brian B. Darville
Kevin L. Hartman, Ph.D.
Akihiro  Yamazaki
Jeffrey B. McIntyre
James R. Love
Edwin D. Garlepp
Diane  Jones
Philippe J.C. Signore, Ph.D.
John  Sipos
Kevin Ross  Davis
Tao  Feng, Ph.D.
Jenchieh (Joseph) Yuan
Kasumi  Kanetaka
Christopher  Ricciuti
Craig R. Feinberg
Stefan Uwe  Koschmieder, Ph.D.
Peifang  Tian, Ph.D.
Eric W. Schweibenz
Jianping (James)  Wu
Eckhard H. Kuesters
Carl E. Schlier
Yorikatsu  Hohokabe, Ph.D.

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About Our

Law Firm

About Our Law Firm

Headquartered within steps of the USPTO with an affiliate office in Tokyo, Oblon is one of the largest law firms in the United States focused exclusively on intellectual property law.

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History

Get to know our History

1968
Norman Oblon with Stanley Fisher and Marvin Spivak launched what was to become Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP, one of the nation's leading full-service intellectual property law firms.

Our Local and

Global Reach

Our Local and Global Reach

Outside the US, we service companies based in Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and farther corners of the world. Our culturally aware attorneys speak many languages, including Japanese, French, German, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese.

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ACCOLADES

A few of our ACCOLADES

Oblon's professionals provide industry-leading IP legal services to many of the world's most admired innovators and brands.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR

Career

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR Career

From the minute you walk through our doors, you'll become a valuable part of a team that fosters a culture of innovation, client service and collegiality.

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GET In Touch

A few ways to GET In Touch
US Office

Telephone: 703-413-3000
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Tokyo Office

Telephone: +81-3-6212-0550
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Patent Forms

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued final rules implementing the inventor's oath or declaration provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) on August 14, 2012.

Charles L. Gholz

Charles L. Gholz

Senior Counsel ∙ US Office
E: cgholz@oblon.com
T: (703) 412-6485
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Charles (Chico) L. Gholz is senior counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. He is particularly skilled at handling patent interferences under 35 USC § 135 before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and court review of decisions by the PTAB in interferences. He handles both appeals to the Federal Circuit under 35 USC § 141 and civil actions in district courts under 35 USC § 146.

Mr. Gholz represents a wide variety of domestic and foreign clients across a range of technologies including biotech, chemical, electronics, computers, and lasers. He regularly appears before the PTAB, the Federal Circuit, and various district courts. He also counsels on patent validity and patentability; he has appeared as an expert witness on patent issues; and he has acted as an arbitrator.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gholz served as an assistant technical advisor to the Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (1970-1972). A former Lecturer in Law at George Mason University School of Law, he has written and lectured widely on patent law. In addition, he co-authored “Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Practice and Procedure,” LexisNexis, and “Patent Practice,” Patent Resources Institute.


Education

  • George Washington University (LL.M.)
    • Patent/Trade Regulation Law
  • Columbia University (J.D.)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.)
    • Economics

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Accolades

  • Who's Who Legal: World's Leading Patent Lawyer (2015-2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America- Litigation- Patent (2010 - 2022)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
  • Nominated by Expert Guide to Best of the Best USA (2014)
  • 'IP Star', Managing IP Magazine- (2013 - 2015)
  • Recognized by InterContinental Finance Magazine as one of the top 500 lawyers in the world today (2014)
  • Chambers USA, Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Intellectual Property) (2012-2015)
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, named to its list of the top 1000 patent attorneys in the world; selected as one of the top eighteen practitioners in the United States for post-grant proceedings and is a “Recommended” patent attorney in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area for his patent prosecution and interference expertise (2012-2016)
  • Legal 500 U.S., recognized as a prominent practitioner (2012)
  • Patent Law Experts Guide (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
  • Patent and Trademark Office Society special citation “in recognition of his many outstanding articles and letters to the editors in the Journal of Patent and Trademark Office Society over a sustained period of years" (2000)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Section; Chairman, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Subcommittee, Federal Practice and Procedure Committee (1982-1983)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Chairman, Interference Committee (1988-1990); Chairman, Amicus Committee (1994-1996)
  • Association of Former Court of Customs and Patent Appeals Law Clerks and Technical Advisors, President (1978-1979)
  • District of Columbia Bar, Steering Committee, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Division (1984-1986), Vice Chairman (1985-1986)
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal®, Advisory Board member

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