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


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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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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.

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Grace E. Kim

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Grace E. Kim is a partner and Deputy Head of the Chemical Department, and serves as co-chair of the firm's Life Sciences practice group.  Her practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution for domestic and international clients in a wide range of technical areas, including battery materials (such as solid electrolytes, solid-state batteries, and anode and cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries), biotechnology, catalysis, chemical separation processes, cosmetics, dyes, glass products, imaging devices, light-emitting materials, metallurgy, nanotechnology, optical and electronic devices, pharmaceuticals, plastics, polymers, and semiconductor materials and devices.

In addition to prosecuting cases at the USPTO, Ms. Kim also handles appeals and advocates before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Ms. Kim communicates with clients on their technological and business objectives, and focuses on counseling clients on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and the management of their patent portfolios. Her experience includes due diligence and patentability, validity, and non-infringement opinions.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kim was a junior chemist at Enzo Life Sciences synthesizing and purifying organic small molecule compounds and modified nucleotides. Ms. Kim performed extensive quality control on chemical products, including method development and optimization of drug candidates, drug metabolites, enzyme inhibitors, natural products, receptor ligands, lipids, and fatty acids.

During her undergraduate research internship, Ms. Kim worked on the development of new strategies for the synthesis of organic molecules related to organic and medicinal chemistry.


  • George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
  • Loyola University Maryland (B.S.)
    • Chemistry


  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Alexandria Chamber's 40 Under 40 (2023)
  • Influential Woman of Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Ones to Watch - Patent Law (2021-24)


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