Where We Work


For over 20 years, Sughrue has assisted Korean clients with procuring and enforcing their IP Rights in the United States and counseled and assisted U.S. clients with securing and enforcing IP rights in Korea.

Sughrue Attorneys have a deep understanding and knowledge of Korean culture and business practices. The firm has maintained close working relationships with select Korean law firms for decades. Several Sughrue professionals are licensed and have practiced patent law in Korea for many years. This level of expertise has proven invaluable to U.S. and Korean companies seeking to fully protect their IP on a global scale.

Our relationship with our Korean clients covers a broad range of industries and technologies, including telecommunications, electronics, computers, home appliances, biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, stem cell and regenerative medicines, and others.

Sughrue is also committed to providing educational programs, lectures and seminars to Korean clients so they may have a better understanding of U.S Patent and Trademark laws. The firm has a long history of hosting IP professionals from Korea for extended stays in our Washington DC office in order to gain experience and a deeper knowledge of patent and trademark practice and procedure in the U.S.

USPTO Publishes Rules and Examination Guidelines for Implementing ‎the AIA First-Inventor-to-File Provisions ‎

On February 14, 2013, final rules of practice for implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith ‎America Invents Act (AIA) were published in the Federal Register. The first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA go ‎into effect on March 16, 2013.

Examination guidelines concerning the first inventor to file provisions were also published in the Federal Register ‎on February 14, 2013. The examination guidelines are provided to Office personnel and to the public to assist in ‎the implementation of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. The guidelines do not constitute substantive ‎rulemaking and do not have the force and effect of law. Nevertheless, the guidelines are an important source of ‎information for effectively practicing before the USPTO.

Links to the final rules and guidelines are below:

Changes To Implement and Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the ‎Leahy-Smith America Invents Act [TEXT] [PDF]

Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents ‎Act[TEXT][PDF]

Past Events

The 5th LES Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, KBD presenter: "Maximizing IP Value without War," Seoul, Korea, November 5-6, 2014
12th InterBiz BioPartnering Forum, Jeju, July 4, 2014 “A Tactical Approach to IP Issues in Joint Venture”

KPAA-UNH Inter Partes Review (IPR) Seminar: "Recent Developments and Strategies in Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) and other Post Grant Proceedings at the USPTO,", Seoul, Korea, May 15, 2014

AIPLA-AIPPI US division, Roadshow on IP in Tokyo, Seoul, and ‎Hangzhou,” November 11-15, 2013

Patent War 2013 Conference, topic:‎ “US patent litigation: Jury as a user of patented product at issue” July 11, 2013, Seoul, Korea

7th BIO Korea 2012 Conference and Exhibition, Sept. 12-14, Seoul, Korea

2012 Lexis Cross-Border IPR dispute program on Oct., 17-18‎, Seoul, Korea