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

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

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

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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Downloadable

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.

Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D.

Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D.

Partner ∙ US Office
E: kberger@oblon.com
T: (703) 412-3520
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Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D., is a patent attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution practice group. Representing a broad range of clients, Dr. Berger prepares and prosecutes patent applications for U.S. and foreign corporations in the fields of electronics, computers, software, networks, telecommunications, optical disc systems, medical imaging devices, and communications systems and standards.

An experienced patent attorney, Dr. Berger has prosecuted thousands of patents and is well versed in the most effective strategies for protecting cutting-edge innovations like medical imaging (including X-ray, CT, ultrasound, and PET), artificial intelligence, cloud computing, Internet-of-things (IoT), telecommunication standards, and next-generation encryption.

A former engineer and mathematics professor, Dr. Berger is especially skilled at working with patents involving mathematical complexities, and is called upon to offer non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and advice on patentability, risk management, design-around competitor patents, and freedom to operate. Dr. Berger trains the firm’s new associates, as well as clients, regarding software patents and other patent law issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Berger was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Ohio State University. Additionally, he has four years of engineering experience as a member of the technical staff at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in applying machine learning methods, such as neural networks, and other artificial intelligence techniques to advanced control systems. While studying for his Ph.D. in applied mathematics, with a specialization in partial differential equations, computational fluid dynamics, and turbulence, his research was supported by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Berger has written numerous publications in the areas of intelligent control systems, nonlinear wave propagation, and computational methods and has clearance to prosecute patents for the U.S. government.


Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
  • University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.)
    • Applied Mathematics
  • Case Western Reserve University (M.S., summa cum laude)
    • Systems Engineering
  • Case Western Reserve University (B.S.)
    • Computer Engineering
  • Case Western Reserve University (B.A.)
    • Economics

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Software & Business Methods Subcommittee (2010)

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