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

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


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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.

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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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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.

Elissa L. Sanford

Elissa L. Sanford

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F: (703) 413-2220
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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.