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Raph Y. Kim

Raph Y. Kim

Senior Associate

Raph Y. Kim


District of Columbia;
US Patent & Trademark Office




1901 L Street NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20036

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Raph focuses on the strategic management of patent prosecution and patent portfolio development in a variety of life science technologies including pharmaceutical compounds, chemicals, and biomaterials. A chemical engineer, Raph has conducted advanced biological experiments for human stem cell research and tissue engineering, e.g., by designing and fabricating microfluidic chips and nano/micro-scale surface patterns, and has experience in molecular biology, genetic modification, biochemical assays, advanced imaging, and nano/micro technology for biological uses. He once clerked for the largest law firm in South Korea.

  • Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch, Intellectual Property Law, 2024

  • JD, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, 2015
  • MS (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2008
  • BS (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2007

  • Panelist. “HopStart Competitor Workshop: Legal Concerns in Startup Creation,” Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, MD, March 11, 2024. Presentation.
  • Co-Presenter. “Succcess Stories of Business Start-ups in biotech with Strategic IP Approaches,” AIChE National Capital Section, College Park, MD, April 12, 2023.
  • Co-author. “Pharma-Related Patent Enablement Reaches the Highest Court,” November 10, 2022.
  • Co-author. “Empowering American Innovation: APEX for Independent Inventors and the Public,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal, May 2016.
  • First co-author. “Spatial Control of Adult Stem Cell Fate Using Nanotopographic Cues,” Biomaterials, March 2014.
  • Co-author. “Simple Haptotactic Gradient Generation within a Triangular Microfluidic Channel,” Lab on a Chip, August 2010.

  • American Intellectual Property Law Organization (AIPLA), member