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

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

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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.

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ACCOLADES

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Oblon's professionals provide industry-leading IP legal services to many of the world's most admired innovators and brands.

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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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US Office

Telephone: 703-413-3000
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Telephone: +81-3-6212-0550
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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 to Make Electronic Filing of Patent Term Extension (PTE) Requests Permanent

  • May 6, 2022
  • Firm News

On May 5, 2022, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a proposed new rule to make the electronic filing of PTE applications permanent and mandatory. Until the COVID-19 pandemic, all PTE applications were required to be made in triplicate paper copies.  As a result of the pandemic, the USPTO allowed the electronic filing of PTE applications.  See Relief Available to Patentees in View of the COVID-19 Outbreak for Submission of Initial Patent Term Extension Applications Filed Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 156, 1475 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 234 (June 23, 2020).  According to the proposed new rule, follow-on filings in a PTE application can continue to be filed electronically.  The major change in the proposed new rule is that all PTE applications and follow-on filings must be filed electronically.

Formal changes include a requirement that the email address of the person to whom the USPTO should communicate must be included in addition to the person’s name, address, and telephone number.  Also, the proposed new rule expressly requires that all interim applications must provide the agency number of the approval of the product that forms the basis of the PTE application.  Apparently some applications have been filed without this information.

The elimination of the need to file duplicate and triplicate copies of the submissions will simplify filing PTE applications.  The current file size limitations of the USPTO’s EFS system apparently remains in place, as the proposed new rule includes instructions for splitting files.  However, the proposed new rule is silent regarding the use of the .DOCX format.  PTE submissions will be available on the USPTO’s PAIR system immediately upon filing.

Details are provided in the Federal Register to be published on May 6, 2022, available here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-05-06/pdf/2022-09535.pdf