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.


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


2021-4-2 virtual BYOC


On April 2, we had our very first virtual BYOC event on WebEx for all KAIPO members and a few guests from APANET. We had a stunning turnout of 28 participants for the event and had great participation and discussion throughout the event.

The topic for the BYOC was the rise in Asian hate crime, discrimination against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, and anti-AAPI sentiments. Participants shared and discussed their past experiences with discrimination, serious difficulties we faced and continue to face as AAPI, what we can do as individuals and as a community to get help when we face such situations, and how we can raise our voices not only in our communities, but also at the USPTO level and beyond. There was also great discussion on how we can collaborate with APANET, the largest AAPI affinity group at the USPTO, to raise awareness and our voices at the PTO.

We are grateful and moved by everyone’s participation and support at this event. This event brought forth so many great voices from our members, and we strive to continue to provide a platform for our members to have their voices heard.

If you have any comments, feedback, or concerns you were not able to share at the time of the BYOC, please feel free to email them to us at


Activities Announcements

FY21 KAIPO Annual Meeting + Happy Hour Recap

Good afternoon KAIPO members,

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Last Thursday, February 18, 2021, we had our Annual Meeting and held our first Happy Hour of 2021. Due to the pandemic, both were held virtually. Thank you to all those who attended! It was great seeing everyone (on screen)!

AnnualMeetingRecap_FEB2021 (and also shown above) is a flyer with a recap of the Annual Meeting+Happy Hour event. For more detailed meeting minutes of the Annual Meeting, please see KAIPO’s SharePoint.

If you have any feedback about the event, or any questions, comments, or concerns about KAIPO in general, please feel free to email us at KAIPO@USPTO.GOV.

Thank you, and hope everyone has a great week!



Activities Announcements

FY21 KAIPO Virtual Annual Meeting & Happy Hour

Hi KAIPO Members,


We will be hosting our annual meeting and happy hour virtually on Thursday, 2/18/2021 @4PM EST.


During the virtual annual meeting, we will be introducing our newly elected officers and providing valuable information regarding our outlook for the new year. During the virtual happy hour, members will have an opportunity to join themed groups that pique their interests. This will be an occasion to network and engage with fellow KAIPO members in a casual setting.


Please feel free to Bring Your Own Beverages to make the happy hour more enjoyable!


More details will come with an outlook invitation. Please save the date, Thursday, February 18 @ 4PM, and join us as we celebrate all that we have accomplished together this past year and look forward to an even better, more eventful second year as an official USPTO Affinity Group!


Thank you,