Michelle Kim

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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South Hope Street 333
Los Angeles 90071 CA US

Michelle C. Kim is an attorney in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Ms. Kim has represented clients in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent and trademark prosecution, counseling and litigation.

Ms. Kim’s patent prosecution experience has included a broad range of technologies, including mechanical and medical devices, pharmaceutical products and delivery devices, immunoassays, various chemical compositions, consumer goods, software and Internet-related devices and methods, as well as aerospace inventions.

Ms. Kim has managed large international patent and trademark portfolio for U.S. and foreign-based clients. She has counseled clients in all aspects of intellectual property, including strategy procurement of intellectual property and due diligence. She has extensive experience opining on the issues of patentability and validity and enforceability of patents, as well as design-around options to avoid infringement of third-party patents.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Kim was a forensic scientist at the Los Angeles Police Department crime laboratory where she directed the investigation of crime scenes, performed laboratory analyses of evidence and provided expert testimony in criminal cases. Ms. Kim was also an associate scientist at Beckman Instruments (now Beckman Coulter, Inc.) where she was responsible for validating various medical and chemical analyzer instruments.

During her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Kim was involved in research projects involving drug metabolism, immunohistochemical studies involving the brain, and photo-driven electron and energy transfer reactions in inorganic coordination compounds and extended solids.


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 2001
  • B.A., Chemistry and Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1995, with honors


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


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