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

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

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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.

Get to know our

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.

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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.

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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.

USPTO Announces DOCX Transition Update

  • April 27, 2022
  • Firm News

Our previous communication of November 19, 2021, noted that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) delayed implementation of the $400 non-DOCX filing surcharge until January 1, 2023.

In a USPTO communication to stakeholders and blog post by the Director on April 27, 2022, the USPTO announced that “[it] is providing applicants with the option, on a temporary basis, to submit an applicant-generated PDF version of the application along with the DOCX file(s) when filing an application in Patent Center” through December 31, 2022.  According to the USPTO, submitting the applicant-generated PDF version of the application along with the DOCX file(s) will not incur any additional fees during the temporary period.  And, “[a]s December 31, 2022, approaches, the USPTO will evaluate whether there is a need to extend the temporary period beyond December 31, 2022, and will inform the public of any extension of the temporary period.” 

The USPTO’s stated goal is to ease the transition to DOCX filing and to address concerns related to rendering/conversion discrepancies.  If any DOCX rendering/conversion discrepancies issues arise during this temporary period, applicants can petition the USPTO to make a correction based on the applicant-generated PDF version.   The USPTO indicated that an applicant-generated PDF that accompanies a DOCX filing will not become part of the permanent record, and the “USPTO will dispose of the applicant-generated PDF, and all copies thereof, after a retention period of at least three years after the patent grant or abandonment of the application.”

Details are provided in the Federal Register to be published on April 28, 2022, available here: https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2022-09027.pdf.  See also the USPTO Director’s blog post, available here:  https://www.uspto.gov/blog/director/entry/you-spoke-we-listened-easing

We will keep you updated as more information about the USPTO DOCX transition becomes available.