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

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


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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.

Get to know our


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.

A few of our


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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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.

Oblon Announces Election of New Partners

  • December 21, 2021
  • Firm News

Associated People

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP is pleased to announce the election of two new partners – Grace E. Kim and Frank J. West – effective in 2022.

Grace E. Kim works in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution practice group, focusing on patent preparation and prosecution for domestic and international clients in a wide range of technical areas, including battery materials, 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. Her practice includes counseling clients on their technological and business objectives and managing patent portfolios. Grace has handled appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Grace is also an active speaker in webinars, has published articles on patent matters, and has been included by Best Lawyers in the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" list.

Frank J. West works in the firm's Litigation, ITC Litigation, and Pharmaceutical/Medical Devices practice groups, representing a wide range of U.S. and foreign companies, their affiliates and subsidiaries. His practice includes district court litigations, including abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) cases, Federal Circuit appeals and 337 actions before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

"Grace and Frank have contributed to our firm’s success for several years, each bringing to our IP practice the highest level of quality.  They have each demonstrated exceptional service for our clients in their respective areas of expertise. Their promotion is well deserved. Congratulations!” said Philippe Signore, Managing Partner.