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

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

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

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.

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History

Get to know our History

1968
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

ACCOLADES

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.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR

Career

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR Career

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.

A few ways to

GET In Touch

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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Downloadable

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.

Ryan W. Smith

Ryan W. Smith

Partner ∙ US Office
E: rsmith@oblon.com
T: (703) 413-2386
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Ryan W. Smith is a partner in the firm's Mechanical Patent Prosecution group where he advises clients and facilitates the acquisition of U.S. patents. In addition to his extensive experience drafting and prosecuting utility patent applications, Mr. Smith provides opinions of counsel related to securing and enforcing patent rights from the product development stage through pre-litigation and litigation.  He also counsels clients on patent portfolio management and competitive landscape analysis. 

Mr. Smith also has experience in post grant proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) such as inter partes review (IPR).  Further, he has appeared at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in appeal of an IPR.

Due to his years of automotive industry experience, Mr. Smith is particularly knowledgeable of automotive technology, including: autonomous driving, drive by wire, infotainment, combustion, accident avoidance, power transmission, hybrid electric technology, and fuel cells. Further, he is experienced in advising clients in matters relating to surface mount technology, industrial machine tools, medical devices, and robotics.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Smith was an engineer for the Argonne National Laboratory and the General Motors Corporation (GM).  At GM, he was directly responsible for the technical design of power electronics, electric machines, and control strategies of GM’s hybrid vehicles.


Education

  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D.)
    • Certificate in Patent Law
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.)
    • Engineering Science
    • Certificate in Management of Technology
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

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

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