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

Brian B. Darville
Tia D. Fenton
Norman F. Oblon
Colin B. Harris
Daniel J. Pereira, Ph.D.
Tao  Feng, Ph.D.
Christopher I. Donahue
Bogdan A. Zinchenko
James R. Love
Dale M. Shaw
Teddy S. Gron
Stephen G. Baxter, Ph.D.
Arthur I. Neustadt
Jenchieh (Joseph) Yuan
Charles L. Gholz
Yuki  Onoe
Long  Phan, Ph.D.
Stefan Uwe  Koschmieder, Ph.D.
John S. Kern
Craig R. Feinberg
Akihiro  Yamazaki
Kevin M. McKinley
Marina I. Miller, Ph.D.
Carl E. Schlier
Diane  Jones
Elissa L. Sanford
David M. Longo, Ph.D.
Alexander B. Englehart
John F. Presper
Philippe J.C. Signore, Ph.D.
Yorikatsu  Hohokabe, Ph.D.
Jianping (James)  Wu
Chika (Teranishi) Iitoyo
Ryan W. Smith
Robert W. Downs
Kevin Ross  Davis
Steven B. Chang
Andrew M. Ollis
Richard D. Kelly
Robert T. Pous
Christopher  Ricciuti
Derek  Lightner, Ph.D.
Kasumi  Kanetaka
John  Sipos
Sameer  Gokhale
Alec M. Royka
Kurt M. Berger, Ph.D.
Eric W. Schweibenz
Nicholas  Rosa, Ph.D.
Kevin L. Hartman, Ph.D.
Aldo  Martinez
Edwin D. Garlepp
Grace E. Kim
Jay E. Rowe, Jr., Ph.D.
J. Derek  Mason, Ph.D., CLP
Eckhard H. Kuesters
Jeffrey B. McIntyre
Thomas M. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Frank J. West
Robert  Tarcu
Yuanyi (Alex) Zhang, 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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Telephone: 703-413-3000
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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.

XML Format Effective July 1, 2022 For PCT Sequence Listings

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WIPO has announced that as of July 1, 2022, all sequence listings must be submitted in XML format. Information on the standard and a tool for complying is found at

The USPTO rules currently require the submission of a sequence as an ASCII text file as detailed in WIPO Standard ST. 25, see MPEP § 2422 and 37 CFR § 1.821.  The USPTO has not published a notice of rulemaking regarding implementing the new WIPO standard but MPEP § 2421.04 provides that “the Office intends to accommodate progress in the areas of both standardization and computerization as they relate to sequence data by subsequently amending the rules to take into account any such progress. As the Office progresses in these areas, the Office will do so by the publication of notices in the Official Gazette or formal rulemaking proposals, as appropriate.”  The standard will apply to all PCT applications which must comply with the PCT rules.

WIPO has not provided for any transition period and the rule will apply to all applications, including divisional and continuation applications filed on or after July 1. This includes applications which complied with prior WIPO Standard ST. 25.

While standardization is a good thing, deciphering an XML file will require the use of the WIPO tool or other XML viewing program. While XML is based on the use tags designed, in this case by WIPO, it is a standardized format so that some of the issues encountered with the DOCX format should not be an issue.

WIPO terms the introduction of the XML format the “Big Bang.”