Professional Biography

Michael A. Oblon Partner



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 and counseling for companies that develop software, electronics and electromechanical products. Michael develops company-specific trade secret policies and manages patent portfolios (including strategic patent prosecution) for several leading companies in these fields.

Michael litigates in various district courts across the United States and also at the International Trade Commission, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Michael recently won several 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 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 about intellectual property at the University of Pennsylvania and at various corporations and CLE seminars.

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.


Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Washington D.C. "Super Lawyers," 2014 - 2018
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013, 2014, 2016

Professional Leadership

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Giles Rich American Inn of Court

Related Employment

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington D.C., Patent Examiner, 1992 - 1993


  • Hon. Alvin Schall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1996 - 1997





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • Massachusetts

  • Virginia

  • 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


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.,
    cum laude
    , 1996
  • University of Virginia, B.S., Electrical Engineering,
    with highest distinction, valedictorian
    , 1992