Katherine J. Kim

Katherine J. Kim

Patent Attorney

“I love being around inventive people with the brilliance to change the world!”

Katherine Kim, founder of Spark IP, is an IP and patent attorney registered with the USPTO. Katherine also holds an M.S. in Chemistry and is a current part-time Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry. Her legal expertise includes extensive litigation work, drafting opinions of counsel concerning patent infringement cases; the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications—with a focus in the chemical arts, mechanical and medical devices, biotech, biochemistry and pharmacology—and the negotiation of IP license agreements. Katherine regularly counsels clients on non-infringement and invalidity of patents, patentability of inventions, and the strategic development of IP portfolios.

Her personal journey, fascination with patent law and passion for assisting start-ups in particular, has been a natural progression. “The big bang theory of my personal career and legal evolution springs from a single client,” she explains, “then the addition of another and another, and kind of a fortunate explosion after that. I gravitated towards the start-up world because I loved the dynamic environment, as well as hearing and learning about distinctive and exciting IP ideas. I started mentoring tech transfer companies. Then investing in the truly exceptional products and processes we encountered in other incubators and accelerators. Now, I’m very happily immersed in the start-up universe and am thrilled to be able to tether those unique creative breakthroughs and companies to patent, trademark and copyright protection and unlimited potential profitability.”

In addition to her work with Spark IP, Ms. Kim served as an adjunct professor of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry at DePaul University and the City Colleges of Chicago. She is the author of seven scientific papers and journal publications, and has significant R&D experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Concludes Katherine, “I never thought I would have my own company and such a broad practice within one essential realm: the entrepreneurial/start-up world. The best part of our relatively youthful firm is we’re just getting started.”