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2022 Summer Happy Hour

Our dear members and friends of KAIPO gathered at High Point Pub in Tysons and shared our stories over great food and drinks.  This was our first Happy Hour event since the pandemic and we were much delighted for the opportunity to catch up with our colleagues.  We also welcomed special guests from Korea Embassy and PCT Korea Center. 

 

From left to right: Daeho Song, Thomas Hong (International Coordination & Outreach Committee Chair, KAIPO), Hyun Suk Lim (IP Attache at Korea Embassy), James Choi (Technology Officer, KAIPO), Yeonbum Sung (President of PCT Korea Center), Moo Ryong Jeong, Sunki Yoo, Kyung Hye Shin, Yong Jin Choe, James Lee (President of KAIPO)

Not pictured: Sung Sik Ahn, Bong Sook Baek, Jonathan Lee (Outdoor Event Officer, KAIPO), Sung Jong Kim

Our members and friends enjoying the company of each other.   

Our Technology Officer, James Choi, and Outdoor Event Officer, Jonathan Lee, networking with our special guests Hyun Suk Lim and Yeonbum Sung.  Thank you for joining us!

 

Kudos to our Outdoor Event Officer Jonathan Lee and Patrick Kim for organizing this event.  If you have any suggestions for future events or wish to plan a regional gathering outside of the DC/Maryland/Virginia area please reach out to us at kaipo@uspto.gov.

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Eric Yoon visits Alexandria HQ

Eric Yoon from the San Jose satellite office visited Alexandria headquarter and was welcomed by James Lee (President) and Thomas Hong (International Coordination and Outreach Committee Chair).   

Eric is our New Examiner Mentoring Committee Chair and lead for KAIPO’s First Year Examiner program.  Thank you for the warm gift you brought us!

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2021-11-10 KAIPO First Year Examiners Discussion

KAIPO hosted the first meeting for first year Examiners on November 10, 2021. This is a kickoff meeting for a series of discussions for first year Examiners. The goal of the discussions is to promote engagement between new Examiners and to help them complete the first year successfully.  The KAIPO First Year Discussions are also aimed at helping to build community among the Examiners and to break down some of the isolation caused by the pandemic. 

During the first discussion in the series, there was a brief presentation that shares general tips and lessons from recently retained Examiners regarding successfully getting through the first year, followed by a Q&A session. Examiners showed interests in discussing various future topics such as a fly-on-the-wall session (i.e., watching an experienced Examiner start work on a new case), obviousness, prior art searches, responding to Applicant arguments, interviews, etc. There will be additional, biweekly small group discussions, which will cover topics of interest to the participants.  All discussions will be in a virtual setting using Microsoft Teams.  

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First KAIPO Annual Picnic

KAIPO hosted its first annual picnic on October 16, 2021 at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax, VA. Around 100 KAIPO members, friends, and family members came to meet and catch up with other KAIPO members and friends, enjoy Korean barbeque, win game prizes, and have a good time! This was the second in-person KAIPO event of the year 2021. Despite the downpour at the end, everyone certainly enjoyed another opportunity to see each other in person. We look forward to seeing more members, friends, and family members at our next annual picnic!

 

Special thanks goes to Sisley Kim, the Picnic Team, and many volunteers who made the first KAIPO Annual Picnic a success! 

 

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2021-10-6 Welcoming New Examiners

KAIPO held another round of new Examiner Welcoming Event on October 6 15, 2021. In this welcoming, the eight new PTA examiners were split into three small group sessions and joined by several primary examiners and three newly joined KAIPO members. Welcome the FY21 May/July/August Classes.