Sean Kim is an associate in the Intellectual Property Counseling & Transactions group. His practice includes intellectual property counseling and commercial transactions, with a focus on technology and health care clients. He also serves as outside general counsel to more than 20 emerging growth companies. Prior to entering private practice, Sean was a patent agent at a multi-national technology corporation where he focused on IP procurement and commercialization.
I focus my practice on all aspects of intellectual property counseling and transactions, including managing patent and trademark portfolios and drafting and negotiating a variety of licensing and technology agreements.
I work closely with innovators from the health care, medical devices, digital health, technology and blockchain industries to strategically develop and commercialize patent portfolios. In particular, I counsel my clients on the IP aspects of their business strategies, which involves conducting freedom-to-operate analysis when launching new products to developing IP portfolios focused on commercial exploitation.
I also provide strategic advice on the enforcement and defense of intellectual property, and have experience in patent and trademark litigations in federal courts and proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This experience also includes successfully settling disputes before they proceed to trial.
I represent academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies and emerging growth companies in technology and IP license agreements, sponsored research agreements, software license and services agreements, end-user license agreements and supply and distribution agreements. I also regularly assist with IP due diligence in M&A and other commercial transactions where IP is a key asset.
Additionally, I advise a number of leading Asia-based biotech startups and pharmaceutical companies on cross-border transactions, including in-licensing and out-licensing transactions with U.S. and Europe-based biotech companies.
I also help to organize startup events in New York and Los Angeles and serve on the board of Korean Startups and Entrepreneurs, a New York-based nonprofit with more than 1,000 members. I have also served as a startup mentor in the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and NASA Space Apps Challenge.
I believe that the next group of startup “unicorns” will be coming out of Asia, particularly from countries like South Korea where the government is investing significant capital into fostering a startup ecosystem.
Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal | December 27, 2016
This article is about Nixon Peabody’s pro bono work with nonprofit Team Tassy, which helps families in Haiti. Los Angeles public finance associate Jade Turner-Bond and IP counseling and transactions associate Sean Kim are quoted.
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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
Columbia University, M.P.H., Health Policy
Stony Brook University, B.S., Chemistry, Departmental Honors
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York