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


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Artificial Intelligence (AI)
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Digital Health
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Energy & Renewables

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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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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.

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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

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.

Colin  Downey, Ph.D.

Colin Downey, Ph.D.

Associate ∙ US Office
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Colin Downey, Ph.D. is an associate in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution practice group, focusing on patent preparation and prosecution for domestic and international clients in various technical areas, such as biotechnology, recombinant DNA technology, genetics, immunology, enzymology, genomics, and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Downey completed his J.D. at Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He completed an externship within the patent group at Eli Lilly and Company. While at Lilly, he worked with the legal department on the company’s latest focus for its intellectual property portfolio and assessed patentability. Additionally, he worked at Indiana University’s Innovation and Commercialization Office evaluating intellectual property matters. While at Indiana University’s tech transfer office, he provided assistance in protecting and commercializing IU-based inventions.

Prior to law school, Dr. Downey completed a Ph.D. in Vision Science with a General Background in Neuroscience. His Ph.D. focused on visual development, neural pathways, neuronal signaling, feedback mechanisms, neural anatomy, and data computation and analysis. Dr. Downey has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Neuroscience focus from Wabash College. While at Wabash, he also completed coursework in Biology and Chemistry.


  • Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D.)
    • Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property
  • Indiana University (Ph.D.)
    • Vision Science with a General Background in Neuroscience
  • Wabash College (B.A.)
    • Psychology (Neuroscience Focus)
    • Biology and Chemistry Coursework Completed