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

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


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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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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.

Teddy S. Gron

Teddy S. Gron

Of Counsel ∙ US Office
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Teddy S. Gron is a chemical biotechnical patent attorney in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution group. His practice focuses on chemical and biotechnological patent issues at the appellate and prosecution levels, and he consults and offers opinions on a full range of patent issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gron spent 35 years at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He served 14 years as an Administrative Patent Judge (APJ) on the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI), six years as an Associate Solicitor, and 10 years as a Primary Examiner.

Mr. Gron has appeared in, and argued, more than 50 cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, presided over an array of ex parte and inter partes proceedings before the Board, and authored a host of Appellee’s Briefs for the USPTO and decisions for the Board in interference and contested cases. He appeared for the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks in such landmark Federal Circuit cases as: In re Deuel (1995); In re Goodman (1993); In re Wright (1993); In re Bell (1993); In re Clay (1992); In re Baxter Travenol Labs (1991); In re Vaeck (1991); and In re Gorman (1991).

With his vast USPTO experience, Mr. Gron has an extraordinary sense of what is and is not patentable and how to craft claims that will broadly protect his clients’ innovations. Drawing upon his experience at the USPTO, especially his time as an Administrative Patent Judge, Mr. Gron is able to skillfully address and resolve his clients' patentability challenges.

Mr. Gron began his career in research and development in the fields of polymeric coatings and adhesives. This practical experience provided him with a solid understanding of chemical technologies. Mr. Gron lectures widely on appellate practice and patent prosecution in the United States and abroad and has been asked to testify as an expert witness on appellate practice.

Bar Membership Other Than Virginia


  • Loyola University of Chicago (J.D.)
  • Purdue University (B.S.)
    • Chemistry


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Illinois


  • USPTO Bronze Medal for Outstanding Patent Examination (1989)

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Bar Association