Stephen G Kunin

Partner at Oblon

Stephen G Kunin is the former deputy commissioner for patent examination policy at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He has more than 47 years’ experience in IP rights protection and 27 years’ organisational management and leadership experience.

Mr Kunin assumed many leadership roles for the USPTO, including chairing the Patent Examiner Evaluation Board and the Patent Academy Curriculum Committee. In addition to overseeing patent examination policy activities, he served on the USPTO Management Council, the USPTO Committee on Discipline and the USPTO Executive Committee. He also coordinated several of the trilateral projects under the jurisdiction of the commissioner for patents. He has been a guest lecturer at various law schools.

As a partner at Oblon, Mr Kunin serves as a patent consultant who advises clients on patent prosecution and policy matters. He also serves as an expert witness on patent law, policy, practice and procedure and chairs the firm’s general counsel committee. In February 2011 he was elected by his law partners to the firm’s management committee, where he now serves as general counsel of the firm.

From 2005 until 2017, Mr Kunin directed the IP LLM and JD programmes at the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, where he taught patent and IP law as an adjunct professor. He is frequently sought out to lecture to external groups on USPTO administrative trials and USPTO patent prosecution practice.

Professional associations

  • ABA
  • IPO

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1940 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
United States

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