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


Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Digital Health
Digital Health
Energy & Renewables
Energy & Renewables

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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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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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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.

Robert W. Downs

Robert W. Downs

Patent Agent ∙ US Office
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Robert W. Downs, with over 30 years of experience in the patent field, is currently a patent agent in the firm’s Electrical/Mechanical practice group. With a strong foundation in mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science, Mr. Downs brings a skill set and perspective to his practice that includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO. Utilizing his background in artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Database Management, Mr. Downs prepares patent applications in technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning, self-driving cars, Internet-of-Things, Smart Grid technology, cybersecurity. In addition, Mr. Downs utilizes his background in mechanical and electrical engineering in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in vehicle drive systems and controls and heavy machinery, including paving machines, mining machines, and cranes. Mr. Downs previously worked at a boutique law firm, where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications before the USPTO, as well as represented clients in Appeals to the Patent Trails and Appeals Court, for semiconductor, telecommunications, software, and Internet companies.

Mr. Downs brings eleven years of patent examining experience having served in several positions at the USPTO. There Mr. Downs served as a primary patent examiner in the art of artificial intelligence, machine learning, software engineering, and computer security, served as a patent quality review examiner, then served as a patent trainer in the business methods art.

As a former systems engineer in the U.S. Department of the Navy, Mr. Downs worked in surface ship design projects, including reliability, maintainability and availability engineering, and management of projects in AI. Among projects in AI, Mr. Downs managed projects including: use of Bayesian reasoning for fault diagnostics, applying expert systems to improve maintainability of complex systems, pattern recognition using neural networks, natural language processing. AI programming projects used LISP, Prolog, Smalltalk, and Python programming languages.

In addition to work experience, Mr. Downs stays current in computer technologies through continued coursework and attending meetings in areas including cybersecurity, Amazon Alexa development, Amazon Web Services, Blockchain, Machine Learning including Deep Learning and GPU programming (particularly using NVIDIA graphics platforms and tools), and 3D printing.


  • George Mason University (M.S.)
    • Bioinformatics
  • George Mason University (M.S.)
    • Information Systems, Electronic Commerce
  • Virginia Tech (M.S.)
    • Computer Science, minor in Artificial Intelligence and Database Management Systems
  • Virginia Tech (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering


  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Sciences Honor Society