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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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Oblon is committed to recruiting, retaining, and mentoring a diverse workforce and to fostering an environment of respect and inclusion. We support the advancement of our employees from all backgrounds. By drawing on the diverse backgrounds of our employees and fostering an inclusive working environment for our employees, we are able to offer more meaningful and creative legal solutions to our many international clients.
Oblon is proud of the diverse nature of its workforce, built over time to be inclusive and celebratory of all communities. Our firm is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment in which every employee has the opportunity to excel professionally and to feel comfortable and valued while doing so. To help our employees do so, we also offer generous paid parental leave, flexible work hours, reduced-hours work schedules, and remote-work arrangements.
Oblon also supports our professionals’ engagement in organizations that promote diversity within the local legal and business communities. The firm participates in and sponsors several organizations, including those that address the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the legal and engineering professions.
I started at Oblon as a patent agent, attended law school part-time with the firm’s support and encouragement, and have been recently welcomed into the partnership. I have had wonderful mentors, both male and female, that actively provided me with opportunities in rewarding and diverse projects. I was provided many avenues to hone my legal skills and client relationship management to further my career development. I have been and continue to be fortunate for the exceptional collegiality amongst my peers as well as senior members of the firm.
We have many team building social activities and client development outings such as golf trips, ski trips, and fantasy football, each of which promotes inclusion at all levels. I am welcomed to attend these activities and outings, and help to organize them. I can attest, based on my first hand experiences, that Oblon understands that diversity will help lead to our firm’s further successes.
“When you reach the top, you should remember to send the elevator back down for the others.” – Edith Piaf. Oblon continuously instills a culture of teamwork and mentorship, which has led to my fulfillment and success in my career and that I, as a new partner, am committed to build and grow in creating opportunities and positive experiences for other women and minority professionals at our firm.