History & Philosophy

Oliff PLC was established in January 1983 with a commitment to providing the highest quality, most cost-effective and prompt intellectual property legal services.  At Oliff PLC, we maintain a client-centered approach,  dedicated to handling each client matter as we would want it handled if we were the client.

We rely on and maintain close working relationships with our clients, which are characterized by clear, frank and prompt communications.

Oliff PLC represents a large and diverse group of domestic and international clients, including major universities and businesses, ranging from large multi-national Fortune 200 corporations to smaller privately owned companies and individual entrepreneurs.  Our services are tailored to meet the needs and style of each client.  We travel worldwide several times each year to meet with our clients, and we welcome all of our clients to visit our offices at any time.

In 2017, our 34th year, our growth continues with the strong support of our clients, and our continued commitment to our “Big 3” philosophy — providing the highest quality work product, very promptly and at a very reasonable cost.  From four attorneys and a total staff of 13 in 1983, the Oliff PLC team has, in response to the needs of our clients and with their support, continued to grow and maintains three offices in Alexandria, VA, Charlotte, NC, and St. Louis, MO.  Our firm provides a full spectrum of intellectual property legal services from procurement, including patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution, to opinions, counseling, licensing, litigation, and dispute resolution.

Among our recognitions:

  • In an annual national ranking of intellectual property law firms based on the number of issued U.S. patents, Oliff PLC routinely ranks among the top four firms in the country.
  • In a ranking of intellectual property law firms representing the world’s fifty largest companies, Oliff PLC was ranked first in the category of U.S. Patent Prosecution Counsel, and tied for first in the category of U.S. Prosecution and Litigation Counsel.
  • In an analysis of patent quality, Oliff PLC was ranked among the top 10 firms in the country for patent quality in each of chemical patents, electrical patents and mechanical patents.

Our clients around the world consistently tell us that we are number one in quality, promptness and cost-effectiveness.  We look forward to carrying our philosophies forward in continuing to protect our clients’ important intellectual property.