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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

 

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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.

 

PRICING

 

KAIPO due-paying members

Non-members

Pre-pay by May 12th

$95/player

$130/player

After May 12th

$110/player

$130/player

 

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 kaipo@uspto.gov.  If you have any questions or comments regarding the event, please reach out to Jae Y. Lee.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

-KAIPO

 

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.

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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 (uspto.gov)

 

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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.

 

Link to article:

http://dc.koreatimes.com/article/20220120/1398710

 

-KAIPO

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Updated 2022 KAIPO Leadership

Dear KAIPO Members and Friends,

 

Happy New Year!

 

We want to start off by expressing our gratitude for everyone’s support and contributions to KAIPO this past year. As of today, KAIPO has officially been granted an extension for this year as a Voluntary Employee Organization (VEO) of the USPTO. We would not be the organization we are today, without the support of our members and friends. We want KAIPO to be fulfilling and engaging for both on-campus and teleworking members alike. With that in mind, as we continue to telework, we are committed to improving our remote engagement, organizational recognition, and career development opportunities. Although we are still facing unprecedented times in the midst of the pandemic, we are truly grateful to have found new ways to connect with each other. We look forward to continuing our growth and expanding our efforts; therefore, it is our pleasure to introduce the 2022 KAIPO leadership team!

 

2022 KAIPO Leadership Team

James Lee (President)*

Monica Shin (Vice President)*

Chanel Jhin (Secretary)

Justin Seo (Treasurer)

Thomas Hong (International Coordination and Outreach Committee Chair)*

Sisley Kim (Outdoor Event Committee Chair)*

Taelor Kim (Annual Meeting Committee Chair)*

Dae Kim (Community Day Committee Chair)*

Eric Yoon (New Examiner Mentoring Committee Chair)*

Jae Lee (Athletic Event Committee Chair)*

Ig An (Virtual Engagement Committee Chair)*

Jimin You (Event Coordinator)

James Choi (Technology Officer)

Tammy Lee (Resource Officer)

Jonathan Lee (Outdoor Event Officer)

Patrick Kim (Outdoor Event Officer)

   * indicates Board of Directors

 

We look forward to working with everyone this year as we continue to grow and promote KAIPO and train future leaders.