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


Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Digital Health
Digital Health
Energy & Renewables
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.

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.

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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.

Frank J. West

Frank J. West

Partner ∙ US Office
T: (703) 412-7049
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Frank J. West is a partner in the firm's Litigation, Life Sciences and IP Transactions practice groups. Mr. West also serves as the firm’s General Counsel and is a member of the Management Committee. His practice includes district court litigation, e.g., abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) cases, Federal Circuit appeals and 337 actions before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Mr. West is also a Certified Licensing Professional. As a former small business consultant, Mr. West has a Master’s in Business Administration and completed coursework for an LLM in Securities Law.  Mr. West has practical business experience as an interim president of a start-up software development corporation.  These experiences allow Mr. West to see legal issues from a client’s business perspective and to anticipate and advise clients regarding risks related to litigation and strategies to avoid or reduce those risks both in and outside of litigation.

With respect to transactional work, Mr. West is an experienced, detail-oriented adviser who carefully and thoughtfully advises clients regarding corporate transactional matters to achieve each client’s specific business objectives.  While the focus of his practice is on intellectual property transactional work, i.e., due diligence, licensing negotiations/drafting and R&D collaborations, Mr. West also has many years of experience advising clients on non-intellectual property contractual matters as well.


  • Georgetown University
    • Post-J.D. studies
  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Kansas (M.B.A.)
  • Baker University (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • Phi Alpha Delta


  • Virginia
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Missouri Supreme Court
  • Virginia Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Vice-Chairperson, Online Programs Committee 2022-2023
    • Chairperson, Patent Damages Subcommittee 2019
    • Vice Chairperson, Patent Damages Subcommittee 2018
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, International Law Section, and Arbitration Section
    • Co-Chairperson, Patent Exhaustion Committee
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association