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

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


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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.

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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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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.

Elissa L. Sanford

Elissa L. Sanford

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Elissa L. Sanford is an associate in the firm’s Patent Litigation and Post Grant Patent Proceedings groups, focusing on litigating chemical, biochemical, biomedical, and mechanical patents in federal courts, before the International Trade Commission, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office . With an educational background in biological sciences including chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, and human physiology, Ms. Sanford is able to apply her knowledge to the technologies underlying a wide range of cases. Ms. Sanford also has experience in prosecution-related matters in the chemical, biochemical, and mechanical areas.

While in law school, Ms. Sanford worked at Oblon as a summer associate before joining the firm full time. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sanford worked in medical research for Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Department of Physiological Sciences and Neurology studying neurodegenerative disorders and neurogenetics while pursuing her undergraduate degree, in addition to working as a part-time emergency medical technician.


  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (J.D.)
  • Old Dominion University (B.S.)
    • Biology, concentration in Biochemistry and Premedical Sciences


  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


  • “The Deficiencies of the European Union’s Regulatory System Governing the Classification of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Vol. 44, 2019.