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

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


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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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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.

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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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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.

Philippe J.C. Signore, Ph.D.

Philippe J.C. Signore, Ph.D.

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Philippe Signore, Ph.D., is the firm’s Managing Partner and a patent attorney practicing in the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution group; Patent Litigation group; Counseling and Strategic Advice group and the Industrial Designs group.

With over 20 years of experience in intellectual property legal matters, Dr. Signore’s practice includes counseling clients about patent strategies, performing freedom-to-operate analyses, drafting legal opinions, conducting I.P. due diligence, handling post-grant proceedings, managing patent portfolios, and advising clients on patent litigation, patent monetizing, technology transfer, and in preparation of trade shows. In counseling clients, he seeks to match their business needs to the legal tools available.

Dr. Signore’s technical experience covers various industries including aerospace, semiconductors, optical systems, medical devices, automotive, energy, solid state batteries, oil and gas, consumer electronics, computer hardware, software, and artificial intelligence. He studied solid state physics, including superconductivity, semiconductors and magnetic materials while achieving a Ph.D. in Physics. He is bilingual in English and French.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason School of Law, where he teaches patent law. He also serves as a faculty member at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg, France. Dr. Signore lectures regularly on U.S. patent law for various associations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. For example he previously presented at the Patent Law Institute (PLI), at the ABA IPL Annual meeting, at the Japanese Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), at the French Association of In-House Patent Specialists (ASPI), Groupe Rhône-Alpes de l’AIPPI (GRAPI), at the European-American Chamber of Commerce (EACC), at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO – Tianjin branch), at the Graduate Institute of Patent of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taipei, Taiwan), and at the Swiss Romande Association of IP (AROPI).


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
  • University of Florida (Ph.D.)
    • Physics
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (B.S.)
    • Physics


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Superior Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


  • Managing IP Magazine named 'IP Star' (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021)
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, named to Intellectual Asset Management Magazine’s list of the top 1000 patent prosecution attorneys in the world (2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020)
  • Recognized as the "Best Lawyer of the Year in Electrical & Mechanical Patent Prosecution - USA" by Global 100 - 2017
  • e Legal 500 U.S., noted as a Recommended Attorney (2015)
  • Super Lawyers, Virginia Rising Stars (2008, 2011)
  • Recipient, 30th Annual Rossman Award as the author of the article in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society "that made the greatest contribution to the fields of Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights" (2002)
  • Recipient, Scott Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Experimental Physics Doctoral Graduate (1994)


  • French

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • American Physical Society
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)