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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. 

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2021 KAIPO Annual Golf Tournament

On April 30th, KAIPO hosted its annual golf tournament.  Although 2020 golf tournament was cancelled due to COVID-19, we determined, with proper COVID-19 precautionary measures, it was the right time to hold our annual golf tournament. 

More than 30 players and volunteers attended the tournament.  For many, it’s been more than a year since we last met face to face.  Although the weather didn’t quite cooperate with us toward the end, it gave many of us an opportunity to finally meet in person to enjoy each other’s company doing what we love! GOLF!

We received numerous feedbacks after the tournament and one thing that was common was how everyone enjoyed seeing each other again and how wonderful it was seeing old faces again.  Based on that alone, it was a successful event with remarkable turnout!

Special thanks to Dong Kim, Dr. Kang, Taesik, Jae Lee, Sisley Kim, Dae Kim, and Patrick Kim for organizing the tournament and Daeho Song for taking the time out of his busy schedule to take pictures of our tournament.

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2021-4-29 KAIPO First Year Examiner Meetup Recap

On April 29th, we held a First Year Examiner Meetup session on WebEx for all first year examiners with Mr. Eric Yoon, president of the Silicon Valley Work Life Organization. The session was geared mainly towards addressing primary concerns of the first year examiners about the various topics related to the examination process and information about work life during the first year.

 

Mr. Eric Yoon presented a brief informal half hour talk regarding strategies for a successful first year and tips to achieve such success. The various topics included tips about searching and receiving help for searching, reaching out to other sources about questions that may come up during the examination process, and strategies to present a compelling case to the powers that be that determine the success or failure of the first year examiners. Then Mr. Eric Yoon progressed to a question and answer session where examiners’ specific questions and concerns were addressed.

 

We thank Mr. Eric Yoon for his generous willingness and devotion to helping out the first year examiners. The event provided incredibly helpful tips to the first year examiners and addressed general questions and concerns that the first year examiners. There will be a follow-up discussion session on the 13th of May for those interested in further attending the Q&A portion of the presentation held on the 29th.

 

If you have any questions, comments, feedback, or concerns regarding the First Year Examiner Meetup or the follow-up discussion session, please feel free to e-mail them to us at KAIPO@uspto.gov.