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

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


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About Our

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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.

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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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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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
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Beyond the Office

Frank was born and raised in the small town of Neodesha, Kansas and has six brothers and sisters. Neodesha is derived from Osage Indian word “Ni-o-sho-de,” which roughly translates to “meeting of waters” or “the-water-is-smoky-with-mud.” Flooding occurred often in his hometown.

Frank lives with his wife and his active teenage daughter who is a sophomore in high school and plays on both the varsity softball and varsity field hockey team. Frank’s life outside of the office revolves around cheering at her games and attending various college recruitment seminars for field hockey players. 

In his free time, Frank enjoys hiking, traveling and reading. Locally, he likes to hike in Great Falls and Shenandoah Valley with his daughter; but his all-time favorite hiking spot is Lake Tahoe. Frank also loves to travel, narrowing down his favorite destinations as Paris, France and Ireland. On his traveling bucket list, he wants to visit Tibet and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

When Frank is not traveling or hiking, he can be found reading philosophy books and biographies. With a philosophy background, his favorite author is Fyodor Dostoevsky, who is known for philosophy-religious-psychology related novels, including: Notes from the Underground, White Knights, and The Idiot; his favorite is Crime and Prejudice