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

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

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Fast Facts

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.

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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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.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR

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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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.

Kevin M. McKinley

Kevin M. McKinley

Senior Attorney ∙ US Office
E: kmckinley@oblon.com
T: (703) 413-3000
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Kevin M. McKinley, a patent prosecution lawyer in the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution groups, focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, opinions, and client counseling. As a former Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Mr. McKinley has an insider’s perspective on the patent approval process. He is able to accelerate consideration of his clients’ patents by drawing upon his USPTO experience and by regularly conducting personal interviews with patent examiners.

With an engineering science and mechanics background, Mr. McKinley has a deep understanding of the underlying sciences and technologies involved in his clients’ innovations. This enables him to fine-tune patent applications to obtain the broadest claims and enhance his clients’ patent holdings. Mr. McKinley is experienced with a wide array of technologies including organ transplant devices, automotive innovations such as vehicle airbags and hybrid vehicles, semiconductor fabrication, video processing and display, image reproduction, electro-optics, consumer electronics, electrical connectors, electrical wiring, and mechanical connections.

In addition to prosecuting patents, Mr. McKinley advises his clients on a broad range of issues including the interplay of foreign and U.S. patent protections, innovation utilization, information disclosure requirements, and designing around prior art. Taking an overall business approach, he strategizes with his clients, devising the best ways to structure, optimize and protect their inventions, grow their businesses, and outstrip their competition.

Mr. McKinley speaks frequently on effective patent prosecution strategies, including drafting patent applications from the Examiner’s perspective, USPTO requirements and restrictions, and notices of allowances and timeframes. Before joining the firm, he was an associate with another Alexandria, Virginia intellectual property firm.


Bar Membership Other Than Virginia

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S.)
    • Engineering Science and Mechanics, concentration in Biomedical Engineering

Admissions

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

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

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