Oblon Spivak Elects Three Partners and Elevates One Senior Associate and Two Associates

January 4, 2012 – Firm News

For Immediate Release

January 4, 2012

Alexandria, Va. – Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. announces Tia Fenton and Kurt Berger have been elected partners. In addition, Soumya Panda has been elevated to senior associate.

The new partners:

Tia Fenton, a skilled patent litigation lawyer, is a partner in the firm's Litigation and ITC Litigation practice groups. With a background in chemistry, biochemistry and genetics, she has a deep understanding of the sciences and technologies involved in her clients’ chemical, biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical inventions. In addition to litigating cases in district court and before the Federal Circuit, Ms. Fenton advises her clients on litigation procedure and strategies, litigation avoidance, and the overall protection of patent portfolios. Ms. Fenton also has experience in patent interference proceedings and prosecution-related matters in the chemical arts, including the revival of abandoned patent applications. She received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and her M.S. in Forensic Science from Marshall University, concentrating in DNA technologies.

Kurt 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. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from University of Wisconsin. Dr. Berger received his B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Computer Engineering, summa cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University.

The new senior associate:

Soumya Panda is an attorney in the firm's Electrical Patent Prosecution practice group, with a focus on wireless technology. Mr. Panda drafts and prosecutes patent applications for both domestic and foreign clients in a variety of technology areas, including wireless communications and networking, digital signal and image processing, medical devices, semiconductors, fiber optics, and computer architecture. In addition to his patent prosecution work, Mr. Panda prepares invalidity and non-infringement opinions involving wireless communication and digital signal processing technologies. He also has experience with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) post-grant procedures such as ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings and reissue applications. Mr. Panda received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law School and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado. He also has a B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Colorado.

Assisting clients for more than 40 years, Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. is one of the largest intellectual property specialty firms in the United States. The firm provides a full range of intellectual property services, including litigation matters in all courts, as well as trademark, copyright and patent interference services.