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

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

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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.

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History

Get to know our History

1968
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.

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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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ACCOLADES

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.

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Career

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR Career

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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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.

How I Made Partner: 'I Was Encouraged to Collaborate Frequently With Attorneys in All of the Firm's Departments,' Says Grace Kim of Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt

  • June 7, 2022
  • Article
  • Law.com

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Attorney Grace E. Kim was recently profiled by Law.com for its series “How I Made Partner.” In the interview, Grace discusses a number of topics about her career and her experience working her way up to partner. She also provides advice to associates who are looking to embark on the partner track.

When asked why she chose to work at Oblon, Grace told Law.com, “First, the firm has a stellar reputation. For decades, Oblon has obtained more patents than other law firms. Second, I found the location attractive. Oblon is located right next door to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a beautiful area in Alexandria, Virginia.”

Grace also shared that the biggest surprise she experienced in becoming partner was “the immediate switch in mindset from being an employee at the firm to becoming a co-owner of the firm with rest of the partnership” stating that “[a]s a partner, I have the same responsibilities, but the focus isn’t solely on building my own practice. Now, maintaining client relationships and growing business is about the success of the firm as a whole, and I have to think about how my work contributes to this success.”

On a related note, Grace’s advice to associates seeking a promotion is to “demonstrate in some way that you are the firm’s future—that you are a valuable player to maintaining current client relationships and that you will play a part in the firm’s growth and vision.”

Grace also provided thoughts on what it takes to successfully develop business as an attorney, remarking, “I believe the key to successful business development is to truly care about your clients’ successes and to come up with new ideas to help them develop their business as well as their own careers within their organization.”

You can read the full interview here.