Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Judith U. Kim

Mind + Muscle

Judith U. Kim



Ms. Kim, a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group, brings extensive legal and scientific depth and experience to clients. She provides a strategic perspective to clients around the world, helping them develop and protect their intellectual property and capitalize on their research, development and innovation. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Kim has counseled clients innovating in technologies such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, immunology, biofuel, food products, and nutraceuticals.

Ms. Kim’s deep experience crosses multiple legal specialties, enabling her to lead teams in patent portfolio management, inter partes disputes (patent office, ITC, district and appellate courts), licensing, and related IP counsel. Her practice involves the full diversity of our firm’s expertise including:

The preparation of patent applications and their prosecution and appeals worldwide;

  • Management of foreign oppositions;
  • Contested proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Opinions on invalidity and noninfringement to ensure freedom to operate; and
  • Due diligence for evaluation of investments and acquisitions. 

Ms. Kim’s scientific experience is grounded in the areas of microbial and mammalian biology. As a graduate student, she researched the regulation of the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase gene in Bacillus subtilis. She later worked as a research scientist studying the developmental expression of thyrotropin releasing hormone in mammalian systems. Ms. Kim is a co-author of eleven publications resulting from her scientific research.

Ms. Kim is an Adjunct Professor at Sogang University Law School in Korea. She was an editor of the Journal of International Law and Trade. She speaks conversational Korean.

  • Admissions
      • -United States Patent and Trademark Office

      • Maryland

      • District of Columbia

      • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

      • United States Supreme Court

  • Education
    • J.D., University of Maryland

    • M.S., Biology, University of Maryland

    • B.A., Biology, University of Maryland


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