KAIPO 2023 Annual Meeting


2022 Annual KAIPO Golf Tournament

Dear members and friends of KAIPO,


On May 24th, KAIPO hosted its Annual Golf Tournament at the Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville. Total of 31 players participated in the tournament with many in attendance from USPTO, KAIPBA (Korean American Intellectual Property Bar Organization), and the general Korean community.


After the initial gathering and Dr. Wansik You’s explanation of the play rules (scramble, best of four) at 8:30AM, the players trudged to the initial shotgun starting positions. For the next 5 hours, the players enjoyed the beautiful course despite the misty weather conditions dogging the players throughout the day. Fortunately, no one suffered any water related injuries except the many golf balls that decided to take a swim into the various and the oh so numerous water hazards placed strategically throughout the course.


After completion of the play at around 2PM, the group gathered at the dining hall and enjoyed a luncheon of pulled pork, sausages, potato salad and coleslaw. Of the 8 participating teams, the first place, the second place, and the lucky 3 teams were awarded prizes.


Overall, the players enjoyed the great day of golf despite the weather. We certainly hope to see more of everyone next year!


Special thanks to Jae Y. Lee, Thomas Hong, and Dae Y. Kim whom spent countless hours organizing and executing this event without a hitch.


First Place:

(-10 strokes) Harry Kim, Jaehwan Oh, Byung Ro Lee, Paul Kim


Second Place:

(-6 strokes) Thomas Hong, Hans Chung, Luke Choi, Sean Kang


Lucky Awards:

Steven Paik, Andy Lee, Ahshik Kim, Isaac Woo

Patrick Kim, David Chu, Dae Kim, David Yi

Justin Lee, Jong Shin, Jae Y Lee


Longest Drive Awards:

Harry Kim, Jong Shin


Closest to Pin Awards:

Sung Pil Kim, Sean Kang



2022 Annual KAIPO Golf Tournament

Dear members and friends of KAIPO,


We have recently received an updated guidance from the USPTO Diversity Program that the Voluntary Employee Organizations may resume meeting in person, off campus, and on non-duty time.  With that we are happy to announce the return of 2022 Annual KAIPO Golf Tournament at Stonewall Golf Club on Tuesday, May 24th 2022 (see flyer below for more details). We look forward to getting our rusty swings back in motion for that elusive hole-in-one!


Please RSVP by responding to this email by Thursday, May 19th 2022.




KAIPO due-paying members


Pre-pay by May 12th



After May 12th




A pre-pay discount is available for due-paying members if the payment is made via Venmo (@jyl7444) by May 12th.  If you’re not a KAIPO member but would like to take advantage of our member’s rate, please submit the membership application to  If you have any questions or comments regarding the event, please reach out to Jae Y. Lee.


We look forward to seeing you there!




This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by the USPTO.  It is not an official USPTO activity, and your participation is voluntary and at your own risk.


AANHPI Heritage Month kickoff event: Finding resilience through struggles, finding success through collaboration

Dear KAIPO members and friends,


May is National Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. To kick off the celebration of National AANHPI Heritage Month, KAIPO, Asian Pacific American Network (APANET), and USPTO Military Association (UMA) invite you to the panel discussion: Finding resilience through struggles, finding success through collaboration, which will take place on Thursday, May 5th from 12:00-1:00 PM (ET).

This panel discussion will feature Supervisory Patent Examiners Rajarshi (Raj) Chakraborty, Minnah Seoh, and Len Tran. The distinguished panelists will speak about their backgrounds and share how their heritage has shaped their lives and career development journeys. USPTO Director of Petitions Charles Kim will give opening remarks.


Watch the webcast


We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Please note, no Other Time or non-production time has been authorized for this event.


To learn more about National AANHPI Heritage Month and to see the full list of USPTO’s AANHPI Heritage Month events:

Celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May | PTOWeb (



Harold Pyon appointed to be a deputy secretary in Diversity, Opportunity and Inclusion of VA state

Dear KAIPO Members and Friends,


We are happy to share good news amongst the Korean-American community at the Office. Harold Pyon was recently appointed as Deputy Director in Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion for the state of Virginia. As many of you know, Mr. Pyon recently retired from the USPTO in December 2020, after 35 years of service. Please join us in congratulating Harold Pyon’s newest endeavor.


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