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Hon. Grace K. Obermann
Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Judge Obermann is a Lead Administrative Patent Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in Alexandria, Virginia. Her main task is conducting IPR and CBM proceedings under the AIA. She also works on proposed rule changes, and legislative reform proposals, pertaining to the AIA. After law school, Judge Obermann was an associate at Fish & Neave in New York. She then clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger, III, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. After that, Judge Obermann joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney, progressing to serve as an Assistant Director in the unit that handles all IP infringement litigation involving the United States, and was lead counsel in patent, trademark, and copyright infringement suits. She also argued noteworthy Federal Circuit appeals, including Exxon v. United States, which coined the “insolubly ambiguous” indefiniteness test taken up by the Supreme Court in Nautilus. Most recently, Judge Obermann practiced at Davidson, Berquist, Jackson & Gowdey, LLP. She holds a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University.