Oblon

Oblon is one of the largest US law firms that exclusively practise IP law. Emerging and established businesses worldwide depend on Oblon to protect, leverage and establish their IP assets.

Oblon’s team of nearly 110 attorneys, registered patent agents and technical advisers includes some of the country’s most respected practitioners in IP law. Most professionals hold an advanced degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, biotechnology and many other fields.

Oblon is home to dedicated trial attorneys who have successfully handled high-stakes IP disputes. Litigation clients range from start-up companies to multinationals, and include many well-known household names such as Toyota, Roku, Ceva, Ricoh, Allergan and Valeo. IP disputes pose large risks as well as great opportunities. We strive to be as innovative and cutting-edge in our representation as our clients are in their respective industries.

Due to our innovative and practical approach to litigation, we have been entrusted with many high-profile litigation matters, such as Festo Corp v Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Company before the Supreme Court, which forever changed the landscape of patent law.

We litigate patent cases throughout the United States, including districts that receive the highest volume of patent disputes, such as the District of Delaware, Northern and Central Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas and the Southern District of New York. We also litigate Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission.

Oblon’s litigation expertise is integrated with our unparalleled PTAB experience. Oblon’s litigation and post-grant teams work collaboratively to identify and capitalise on the opportunities and challenges posed by the prospect of concurrent litigation and post-grant proceedings.

Our litigation and post-grant practitioners develop strategies that anticipate potential post-grant proceedings in our clients’ offensive actions and assess whether to proceed with post-grant proceedings in our clients’ defensive actions. In defensive actions, this often results in stayed litigation pending resolution of the PTAB proceedings and decreased damage exposure. Our experienced team knows when to refrain from attempting to initiate post-grant proceedings in defensive actions. In offensive litigations, our collaboration minimises the prospect of a stay due to PTAB proceedings and maximises defendants’ exposure to our clients’ infringement allegations.

Oblon’s post-grant patent practice group is a field leader in the United States. We routinely participate in PTAB proceedings affecting our clients’ businesses. Since the start of post-grant proceedings in 2012, the firm has been counsel in more than 300 PTAB proceedings for clients such as Google, Oracle, eBay, Cisco, Kodak, Blackberry, Sony Mobile, Nikon, Ericsson, Edwards LifeSciences, Donaldson, Covidien and Toyota. We are sought out for some of the most high-profile disputes the PTAB has seen, including some of the more noteworthy PTAB decisions. We are the prevailing counsel in the only inter partes review to ever have live testimony, we were counsel in the first covered business method ever filed and we are counsel in seminal cases in the area of issue joinder.

Finally, the post-grant group provided significant input to the USPTO in fashioning the rules of practice for the post-grant proceedings of the America Invents Act, as well as existing patent re-examination practices. Leaders of the group have also counselled the US Congress and USPTO on the technical corrections to the America Invents Act. Oblon is home to the foremost thought leaders in post-grant patent practice.

In the past couple of years alone, recognition of Oblon’s top status in the litigation and PTAB practice area includes:

  • Tier 1 rankings in 2019 from US News and World Report in patent law (Washington DC) and patent litigation (Washington DC);
  • being named as one of the Top Patent Firms 2015 by IP Today;
  • being nominated as Managing Intellectual Property’s PTAB Firm of the Year in 2015;
  • Band 1 ranking from Chambers & Partners USA, highlighting the firm’s “impressive presence in inter partes review proceedings for a wide range of clients”;
  • obtaining the most utility patents in 2018; and
  • being ranked as the most prolific firm for 28 years according to the USPTO.

Contact details

Oblon
1940 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
United States

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Other offices

  • Tokyo