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Mincheol Kim

Mincheol Kim is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office. He is a member of the firm’s IP litigation practice and IP procurement and portfolio management practice. Mincheol focuses on patents, trademarks, other forms of IP and IP litigation in the United States and abroad. He has developed an immense skill set with regard to counseling a wide range of businesses on the complex commercial, technical and legal issues associated with global business transactions and disputes.

Mincheol has a unique technical background in both chemistry and electronics engineering. Leveraging his experiences in these and other technologies, Mincheol represents global technology leaders, universities and technology startups in a wide range of industries that include biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, material science, semiconductor, secondary battery, display devices, mobile devices, software, IoT, business methods, automotive, shipbuilding, and many others.

Mincheol is a bi-lingual patent attorney uniquely qualified in both the U.S. and Korea. Mincheol works with domestic companies to safeguard their IP in the U.S. and overseas and with Korean companies to enter U.S. market while protecting and leveraging their IP. He possesses a thorough understanding of the ins and outs specific to Korean-originated IP and offers creative legal solutions to his Korean clients for successful business outcomes in the U.S. and global settings.

Prior to joining the firm, Mincheol served as a partner at a national U.S. intellectual property and technology law firm where he focused his practice on patents, trademarks, and IP litigation over more than two decades. Before then, Mincheol had practiced Korean IP laws in Seoul, Korea for several years.

  • Tech Coast Angels (TCA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) 
  • Korean Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA)
  • Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA) 
  • "Technology Startups & IP Due Diligence" presented at Capstone Partners, Seoul, Korea (November 6, 2019)
  • "Recent U.S. Intellectual Property Litigations of Korean Companies" presented at KOSDAQ CEO Forum, Seoul, Korea (September 23, 2019)
  • "Leverage Your U.S. IP Position in Investment and Corporate Transactions" presented at Knobbe Reception for Startup and Investment Communities, Seoul, Korea (September 20, 2019)
  • "Adventure of Gam and Technology" presented at Global Patent Monetization Forum Breakfast Seminar, Seoul, Korea (July 1, 2019)
  • "IP Due Diligence for VC Investment" presented at KB Investment, Seoul, Korea (July 4, 2019)
  • Moderated Panel Discussion on Patent Monetization Efforts at Global Patent Monetization Forum, Seoul, Korea (July 1, 2019)
  • "Patent Monetization - U.S. Perspective" presented at Global Patent Monetization Forum Seoul, Korea (July 1, 2019) 
  • "Extraterritorial Effects of KIPO’s Patent Examination Practice" presented at Korean Intellectual Property Office, Daejon, Korea (November 14, 2018)
  • "Intellectual Property Considerations Before Launching Business/Products in the U.S." presented to Korean Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (KOSDAQ) Delegation, Los Angeles, CA (June 12, 2018)
  • "Patent Monetization as Technology Commercialization Option" presented at 2018 Strategic TLO Training Program, Pasadena, CA (April 11, 2018) 
  • "Patent Strategies of U.S. Startups and Execution" presented at Startup Seminar organized by Company D, Seoul, Korea (November 3, 2017)
  • "The PTAB - Past, Present, and Future" & "Attorney-Client Privilege" presented at Korea Patent Attorneys Association, Seoul, Korea (October 31, 2017)
  • "Improve U.S. Patent Prosecution Performance" presented at LG Innotek, Seoul, Korea (July 11, 2017) 
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege" presented at LG Electronics IP Center, Seoul, Korea, (March 31, 2017)
  • "U.S. Trademark Law and Practice for non-U.S. trademark practitioners" presented at iNTOMARK User Seminar organized by WIPS, Seoul, Korea (March 30, 2017) 
  • "System Failure" presented at Bon Day organized by Bon Angels and, Seoul, Korea (March 29, 2017)
  • "Winning Patents - Valid & Infringed" presented at Goertek, Weifang, China (March 27, 2017) 
  • "Managing U.S. Patent Prosecution Expenses" presented at Hyundai Mobis, Yongin, Korea (June 28, 2016)
  • “Intellectual Property Q&As for Startups” presented at 2016 TekOne, Los Angeles , CA (May 21, 2016)
  • “Winning Patents” presented at Cha Biotech Group, Korea (July 7, 2015)
  • “Legal Strategies for Startups: Dos and Do-Nots” presented at 2015 Global Startup Springboard in Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2015)
  • “Patenting Software Inventions in Korea and the US” panel discussion at AIPPI APC Road Show, Seoul, Korea (December 1, 2014)
  • Hosted “KIAT Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialization Seminar”, Irvine and San Diego, CA (September 29 - October 2, 2014)
  • “Intellectual Property Issues for Technology Start-ups” presented at TekOne 2014, Los Angeles, CA (May 30, 2014)
  • “Intellectual Property & Doing Business in the United States” presented at International Entrepreneurship Training Programs, Plug & Play Tech Center, Sunnyvale, CA (June 10 and November 26, 2013) 
  • “Attorney Client Privilege in US IP Practice” presented at UBIC Korea, Seoul, Korea (November 19, 2013) 
  • “An International Perspective on Attorney-Client Privilege” presented at AIPPI APC Road Show, Seoul, Korea (November 12, 2013)
  • “Reinvent Your Inventions” presented at Samsung Electronics Mobile Division, Suwon, Korea (September 30, 2013)
  • “Winning Patent Claims” presented at KIAT Tech Commercialization Training Program, Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center, University of California, San Diego, CA (September 9, 2013)
  • “Discovery & Attorney-Client Privilege in US Litigation” presented at the Reception for Gyeonggi Central Bar Association, Irvine, CA (July 26, 2013) 
  • “Winning Patent Claims” presented at Joint LL.M. Program of Seoul National University & Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA (May 9, 2013)
  • “Discovery in US Patent Litigation” presented at EZPEX CLE Program for Korean IP practitioners , Seoul, Korea (February 14, 2013) 
  • “Trademark Implications of Meta Tags and Keywords” presented at AIPPI World Congress, Seoul, Korea (October 22, 2013)
  • “Patent Claims Asserted in Apple v. Samsung” presented at KIAT Tech Commercialization Training Program, Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center, UCSD, San Diego, CA (September 11, 2012) 
  • “US Trademark Law and Practice for Korean Clients and Practitioners” presented at Korean Patent Attorneys Association, Seoul, Korea (March 24, 2011)
  • “Commonly Under-Appreciated Aspects of US IP Laws and Practice” presented at Knobbe Reception for Korean IP Professionals Delegation , Washington DC, (January 27, 2011)
  • “Handling US Patent Infringement Claims and Clearance Issues” presented at Korean Intellectual Property Office, Daejon, Korea (October 28, 2010)
  • “IP Due Diligence” presented at Seoul National University School of Law, Seoul, Korea (October 23, 2010)
  • “Intellectual Property Due Diligence for Transactions on Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology” presented at Korea Pharmaceutical and Bio-Pharma Manufacturers Association, Seoul, Korea (September 22, 2010)
  • “Career in Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists” presented at Korean American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Conference, Los Angeles, CA (May 15, 2010)
  • “US-Korea Bi-Country Intellectual Property Law Practice” presented at The US-Korea Law Forum, University of California School of Law, Irvine, CA (February 3, 2010)
  • “Invention Capital” presented at Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), Seoul, Korea (October 23, 2009)
  • “Winning Patent Claims – Strategy and Drafting” presented at Hyundai Motor Research Center, Hwaseong, Korea (July 29, 2009)
  • “US Claim Construction – Rules and Practice” presented at Korea Electronics Association (KEA), Seoul, Korea (July 9, 2009)
  • “Handling Patent and Trademark Issues for Entering the US Market” presented at the KOTRA & Knobbe Martens CES Reception, Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 2009)
  • “Securing Intellectual Property Rights” presented at Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA) 2008 Community Law School, Garden Grove, CA (May 3, 2008)
  • “Strategy for Maximizing Values of US Patents” presented for Technology Transfer Officer Training Program, Korea Research Council for Industrial Science & Technology (KOCI), Seoul, Korea (September 18, 2007)
  • “Considerations for Technology Transfer to the United States for Korean Research Institutes” presented at Korean Techno Cluster Program, Global Connect, San Diego, CA (November 15, 2007) 
  • “KSR v. Teleflex, Post-KSR Strategies” presented at Yonsei University Graduate School of Law, Seoul, Korea (September 10, 2007)
  • “USPTO’s Recent Rule Changes” presented at Korean Intellectual Property Office, Daejon, Korea (September 12, 2007) 
  • “KSR v. Teleflex, Post-KSR Strategies” presented at Seoul National University-Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Korean Summer Institute, Seoul, Korea (July 18, 2007)
  • “Primer on US Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights” presented for NHN Corp., Silicon Valley, CA (April 17, 2007)
  • “Successful Commercial Exploitation of R&D Results in the United States” presented at Korea Research Council for Industrial Science & Technology (KOCI), Seoul, Korea (January 24, 2007)
  • “Basics of Intellectual Property Law” presented at Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA) 2006 Community Law School, Anaheim, CA (April 29, 2006)
  • “Considerations for Commercial Exploitation of R&D Results in the United States” presented at Korean Techno Cluster Program, Global Connect, San Diego, CA (April 25, 2006)
  • “Extraterritorial Activities and Patent Infringement NTP Inc. v. Research In Motion Ltd.” presented at Korean Patent Attorneys Association, Seoul, Korea (December 15, 2005)
  • “Defending Against a Charge of US Patent Infringement” presented at Korean Patent Attorneys Association, Seoul, Korea (December 2004)
  • “Maximizing Patent Protection In the United States” presented at Korean Patent Attorneys Association, Seoul, Korea (August 14, 2003)
  • “Reduce Risks Involving Patents for Your Business Partnership” presented at InterBiz Bio-Partnering & Investment Forum 2002, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (July 9, 2002)
  • “Building Effective US Patent Portfolio in University Setting” presented at POSTECH, Pohang, Korea (July 11, 2002)
  • “Intellectual Property Protection in Korea” presented at Knobbe Martens IP Abroad Seminar, Santa Monica, CA (June 8, 2001)
  • “Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Korea” presented at Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA (March 17, 2000)
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