S.H. Michael Kim is an IP litigation partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Mr. Kim is a trial lawyer focusing primarily on patent and trade secret litigation cases in both U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He specializes in preparing, managing, and strategizing cases for both jury trials and 337 ITC hearings. He has participated in all phases of trial involving complex technology, such as DC-DC controller chips, touch sensors for hand-held devices, optical mouse sensor chips, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), Ethernet network interface controllers, electrical switches, micro-controllers used in CD/DVD ROM players, and dynamic random access memories (DRAMs).
Mr. Kim also provides strategic patent counseling and patent portfolio management. A former patent examiner in the computer networking arts, Mr. Kim prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patents dealing with pixel display technologies, networking switches and routers, microprocessors, memory devices and cards, computer software and hardware applications, micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) devices and processes, semiconductor fabrication processes and devices, biological microarray image analysis, and photolithography tools. He also has substantial experience providing client counseling regarding domestic and foreign patent portfolios and providing patentability, validity and non-infringement opinions.
- Successfully represented a Taiwanese maker of DC-DC controllers in 337 ITC proceedings, involving both patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation, in obtaining a consent order judgment against the respondents.
- Successfully defended a Taiwanese developer of optical sensors used in optical mice in a three week jury trial in San Jose, California, in which the jury returned a verdict of non-infringement.
- Represented a chip maker of micro-controllers for CD/DVD players in Section 337 proceedings at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Successfully resolved matters in the client’s favor with a final determination of non-infringement and invalidity of one of the asserted patents.
- Represented a chip maker of Ethernet network interface controllers (NICs) in Section 337 proceedings at the ITC. The complainant agreed to drop the proceedings against the client right before trial.
- Represented a manufacturer of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in Section 337 proceedings at the ITC.
- Represented a manufacturer of keyboard, video and monitor (KVM) switches in Section 337 proceedings at the ITC.
- Represented manufacturers of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) against allegations of patent infringement.
- Represented makers of power supply controllers against patent infringement.
- Represented a chip maker of Ethernet network interface controllers in a patent infringement and unfair competition lawsuit against a competitor.
- Represented a chip maker of optical sensor chips in optical mice in a patent infringement suit. Successfully invalidated the asserted claim of the patent in summary judgment proceedings.
- Represented manufacturers of dynamic random access memories (DRAMs) in a patent infringement lawsuit.
- The State Bar of California
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office