Michael A. Oblon is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice in the firm's Washington D.C. office. Michael focuses on patent and trade secret litigation, as well as strategic patent counseling and patent portfolio management, for domestic and international companies that develop electronics, electromechanical, software and household consumer products. He is the primary intellectual property counsel to several leading companies in these fields.
Michael litigates at the International Trade Commission, the Court of Federal Claims, and at various district courts across the United States, including in Arizona, California, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia. Michael has recently won multiple patent cases on summary judgment, concerning subject matter including hearing aid signal processing circuitry, database systems, missile countermeasure technology, various aspects of wireless communications systems and web-based music streaming. Michael also represents clients in inter partes review (formerly reexamination) proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and has successfully argued before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.
For the past several years, Michael has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, where he teaches an intellectual property course to engineering and business school students. He is also a frequent lecturer on patent law strategy at various corporations, CLE seminars, and at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.
Before private law practice, Michael served a judicial clerkship for The Hon. Alvin A. Schall, Circuit Judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Michael is a former patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he examined patent applications related to database software, file management and computer architecture.
- Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- The Federal Circuit Bar Association
- Giles Rich American Inn of Court
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington D.C., Patent Examiner, 1992 - 1993
- Hon. Alvin A. Schall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1996 - 1997
- Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996
- University of Virginia, B.S., Electrical Engineering, with highest distinction, valedictorian, 1992
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts