Dr. Yelee Y. Kim specializes in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and software arts. Her practice consists primarily of patent prosecution, patent litigation, and client counseling.
Yelee’s patent prosecution experience includes drafting and prosecuting applications in the fields of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, software, and the mechanical arts. She regularly counsels companies in all aspects of intellectual property, such as patent procurement strategy, patent portfolio management, and trade secrets. Yelee works closely with domestic and international companies, from startups to large corporations, especially in the areas of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and dietary supplements, cosmetics, software, and sportswear. Yelee also has significant experience in the preparation of patent validity, freedom-to-operate, and non-infringement opinions; due-diligence analysis for patent licensing and corporate transactions; and various other patent counseling matters. Yelee has litigation experience in the areas of chemicals, computer science, and medical devices.
While attending law school, Yelee worked as a clinical pharmacist, utilizing her extensive knowledge in the areas of drug discovery, pharmaceutical chemistry, biotechnology, and the therapeutic application of pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Arent Fox, Yelee was an associate at an intellectual property boutique in New York, where she focused on patent counseling and due diligence analysis in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical arts.
Yelee is a member of the American Intellectual Property Association, the New York Intellectual Property Association, the New York County Lawyer’s Association, and the New York State Bar Association.
Publications, Presentations and Recognitions
“Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets and Patents,” Personal Care Products Council, Legal and Regulatory Meeting, May 10, 2012
“The Collection and Analysis of 2,3-Dimethyl-2,3-Dinitrobutane Vapor,” American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal; 1998 (Vol. 59, pp. 388-392), co-written with R.M. McKenzie, R.W. Bishop, and R.J. Gaffney.