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

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


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Fast Facts

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.

Get to know our


Get to know our History

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.

A few of our


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.




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.

A few ways to

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

Downloadable Patent Forms

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.

Christopher I. Donahue

Christopher I. Donahue

Of Counsel ∙ US Office
T: (703) 413-6902
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Christopher (Chris) I. Donahue has been a practicing attorney in the firm's Trademark and Copyright practice groups for over fourteen years. He focuses his practice on assisting the firm's diverse clientele with the clearance, registration and licensing of trademarks. He also assists with litigation in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and with arbitrations for domain name disputes.

Mr. Donahue's clients range from large industrial companies to small start-ups and service companies. He has extensive experience serving foreign clients from countries including Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canada. Mr. Donahue takes pride in providing accurate and cost-effective advice. His goal is to ensure that every client is able to protect its trademarks in the United States and around the world.

Examples of the services provided by Mr. Donahue include: conducting trademark searches and advising whether a proposed trademark is available for federal registration and use; assisting with all aspects of registering a trademark with the USPTO and foreign trademark offices; maintaining trademark registrations in the United States and around the world; preparing license agreements; and counseling clients regarding protection against infringing marks and counterfeit goods.

Mr. Donahue is a guest lecturer at the George Mason University School of Law, and a frequent contributor to various legal blogs and publications.


  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
  • George Mason University
    • Bachelor of Independent Studies, Legal Concentration


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section; Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section