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

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


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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.




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Telephone: 703-413-3000
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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.

Robert T. Pous

Robert T. Pous

Senior Counsel ∙ US Office
T: (703) 413-3000
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Robert (Bob) T. Pous is a senior counsel in the firm's Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution groups with more than 30 years of practice experience. As a former Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Mr. Pous’ core expertise lies in patent prosecution, but he also boasts litigation and reexamination/reissue experience.

Mr. Pous is particularly skilled in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications to assure the scope of their claims is commercially significant. A mechanical technology attorney, he has worked with a wide array of technologies: medical products and devices, including stents and catheters; automotive parts, particularly transmissions, engine controls, brakes, pumps, compressors, and vehicle steering systems; geothermal power; power plant technology; and machine tools.

Mr. Pous advises clients throughout Asia and Europe as well as domestic clients on establishing and optimizing their patent portfolios, designing and implementing procedures to protect their intellectual property, and devising company-wide IP strategies and policies. He also has extensive knowledge and experience in the preparation of patentability, validity and infringement opinions.

Mr. Pous’s litigation experience includes serving as second chair in the precedent-setting Festo v. SMC case, which included two Supreme Court and five Federal Circuit decisions, two of which were en banc. Mr. Pous applies his litigation experience to his patent prosecution work, analyzing the vulnerability of certain patents in determining prosecution strategies. He also has handled reexamination and reissue cases and frequently works in cooperation with the firm’s Litigation practice group on a wide range of cases involving electrical and mechanical patent disputes.

Mr. Pous has served as an instructor for the Patent Resources Group, which offers IP legal courses, including a course to prepare for the patent bar examination. He was born in Bamberg, Germany.


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (J.D.)
    • Law Review
  • University of Missouri-Columbia (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association