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

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

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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 Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

  • July 1, 2020
  • Firm News

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the USPTO issued a release stating:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” launches July 2, 2020. The required petition fee is $400.

"The Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program serves as an extension of the Track One prioritized examination program, which has proven to be very popular with our nation’s innovators,” said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “For the first time in USPTO history, applicants will be able to speed up both patent examination and ex parte appeals, thus obtaining decisions on their most important inventions in about half the time of a typical application."

The USPTO expects that the average ex parte appeal reviewed under the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program will be decided within six months from the date a petition is granted. “We have made great strides in recent years reducing our appeal pendency from a high of about 30 months on average in 2015 to a current average of about 14 months,” said Scott Boalick, Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. “I am thrilled that the PTAB will now be able to offer an even faster track for applicants who need it, allowing inventors and businesses to commercialize their patentable inventions sooner.”

Petition grants for fast-track review of ex parte appeals will initially be limited to a maximum of 500 per fiscal year, or 125 per quarter, for the program’s duration. In order to keep appeals on schedule, oral hearings under the program will be expedited and, once scheduled, will not be rescheduled or relocated.

For additional information on the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program, see the USPTO’s Federal Register Notice and the PTAB’s webpage on the USPTO website.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this item, noting that in light of the coronavirus pandemic, our office in Alexandria, Virginia has transitioned to teleworking in order to seamlessly continue the Firm's operations for our clients.