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Grace Kim maintains a broad practice, helping new and emerging companies as well as global brands obtain patents and build and leverage their patent portfolios.  

About Grace

Grace helps clients secure strong patents for wide-ranging inventions, including medical devices, life sciences, energy, and chemical innovations, as well as electrical, and computer technologies, including consumer electronics. She conducts patent clearance investigations, patentability analysis, and due diligence investigations, as well as represents clients in inter partes reviews and other post-grant proceedings.   

She builds trusting relationships with clients, working with them in managing their patent portfolios and leveraging them to their full advantage. In advising clients, she crafts cost-effective strategies tailored to maximize the value of each invention, manage risk, and position the client for success. Clients know they can rely on her knowledge and experience to guide them in the right direction to accomplish their goals. 

Before becoming a lawyer, Grace earned degrees in chemical and mechanical engineering. She had a successful career as an R&D engineering manager for Boston Scientific, where she gained firsthand experience in research and product development, clinical trials, FDA approvals, and the many other challenges, constraints, and pressures involved in protecting innovations and bringing products to market. With this skill set, she advises clients on their innovations from technical, legal, and business standpoints, taking them from ideation through patent prosecution, research, development, clinical trials stages, and bringing their products to market.  

Grace is actively engaged in a number of pro bono representations. These include securing behavioral modification software patents for a teacher striving to help struggling inner-city students succeed in school and helping at-risk people flee Afghanistan, obtain humanitarian parole and visas, and find safety in the United States.  

When she’s not working, Grace loves to go camping with her husband and two young sons near Lake Superior. It’s an opportunity to relax, appreciate nature, and see the world through her children’s eyes. 

Publications

How To Succeed In Design Patent Cases At The PTAB,” Law360 (May 4, 2022)

  • Named to the “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list by The Best Lawyers in America© (2022-2023)
  • Named a Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer (2021)
  • Named a recipient of the “Pro Bono Achievement Certificate” by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (2020)
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Education

J.D. ​cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law (2013)


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota (2008)


B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota (1999)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2013
  • Minnesota 2013
Memberships & Affiliations

Treasurer, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2019-2021)
Vice President of Public Relations, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2018)

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