Michael Oblon focuses on patent and trade secret litigation and counseling for companies that develop software, electronics, and electromechanical products. He also develops company-specific trade secret policies and manages patent portfolios (including strategic patent prosecution) for several leading companies in these fields.
Michael litigates in state and federal district courts across the United States and in the International Trade Commission, Court of Federal Claims, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He maintains an active technology-based trade secret litigation practice on behalf of trade secret owners and companies accused of misappropriation. Michael has secured exclusion orders at the ITC and significant monetary settlements for clients as plaintiffs in patent and trade secret disputes. On behalf of defendants he has won several patent cases on summary judgment of noninfringement and/or invalidity, concerning technical subject matter including hearing aid signal processing circuitry, database systems, missile countermeasure technology, and 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.
Michael has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland for several years where he teaches an intellectual property course to engineering and business school students. He also has lectured about intellectual property at the University of Pennsylvania and at corporations and CLE seminars and has been quoted in articles in leading IP legal publications. Michael is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and the Giles Rich American Inn of Court.
- Harvard University (J.D. cum laude 1996); University of Virginia (B.S. in Electrical Engineering with highest distinction 1992; Valedictorian)
- District of Columbia; Massachusetts; Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, District of Massachusetts, Central District of Illinois, and District of Columbia; and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1992-1993)
Washington DC Super Lawyers (2014-2018)
"IP Star," Managing IP (2013, 2014, 2016-present)
- Law Clerk to Judge Alvin A. Schall, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (1996-1997)