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

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


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.

A few of our


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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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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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.