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

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


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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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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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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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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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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.

Philippe Signore Discusses His Role as Managing Partner with

  • August 3, 2022
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Associated People

Oblon Managing Partner Philippe Signore, Ph.D., recently was interviewed by about his experiences as the Firm’s managing partner and his viewpoints on being a law firm leader. The interview, which is part of the publication’s ongoing series “How I Made Managing Partner,” published on August 1, 2022.

In the interview, Dr. Signore talks about how he ended up joining Oblon after pursuing an education in physics and how he became the Firm’s managing partner, attributing the appointment to his efforts over the years in developing diverse relationships inside and outside the firm.

“Instead of staying in the office to crank through matters and log my hours, I did a lot of teaching, lecturing, counseling and meeting clients face to face. That helped me win new business and maintain client relationships,” Dr. Signore said.

When asked what the best piece of advice he has for those who wish to hold positions in law firm management, Dr. Signore encouraged others to build relationships with both attorneys and staff.

“Partners who want to go into leadership need to understand the key role that staff play within a law firm and in client relationships,” he said. “More and more, clients are looking for things that differentiate one law firm from the next. That includes things that staff do…”

When asked about who had the greatest influence on his career, Dr. Signore named Oblon founder Norman Oblon for his energy and positivity, as well as Marvin Spivak for his no non-sense leadership style, Greg Maier for empowering younger professionals and Arthur Neustadt.

“[Arthur] knows the law inside and out. He reminds me that, beyond salesmanship, common sense and empowering others, you ultimately need to know the law and successfully counsel clients on complex matters,” Dr. Signore said.

In hindsight, Dr. Signore finds that serving the firm’s community is what matters most. “Success isn’t about getting a bunch of patents. It’s not about making money or being number one in this or that. To me, what really inspires and motivates me is the sense of community that arises from all the people who are in some way connected to the firm: attorneys, staff, family members, clients. We all collectively make up this ecosystem that exists because of shared values and priorities. It’s been a real honor for me to serve this community over the years, especially during the past five years as the managing partner.

You can read the full interview here. (Note the article is only accessible to subscribers.)