Professionals

Linus Y. Park

President

Mr. Park is a patent attorney at the Pennsylvania office of IPLS LLC.

Mr. Park has extensive legal experience in intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, licensing, due diligence, assertion, IP transaction, and patent litigation. Mr. Park also has experience counseling various technological companies in strategic IP protection. He has experience in both private legal practice and corporate environment. his technical fields of expertise include: semiconductor, LED, wireless telecommunication, video and audio decoding, biochemistry, chemistry, and medical devices.

In private practice, Mr. Park has experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications. He provided legal counsel and legal opinions to corporate clients (U.S. and International) on invention patentability, risk avoidance, freedom to operate, and infringement analysis (offensive and defensive).

In corporate practice, Mr. Park counseled and supported business units by analyzing strategic company patents against third party products, developed detailed infringement analysis, and negotiated patent license agreements with third parties. he defended the company against third party patent infringement claims. He also counseled business units on the impact of IP right with respect various agreements including patent license agreements, tech transfer agreements, and standard bodies agreements.

Mr. Park is also a founding member of a consulting firm where he consults clients on strategic IP assets by identifying and determining the value of IP assets for defensive and offensive purposes. He provides due diligence service to determine economic value of IP assets. He advises clients in negotiation the acquisition and sale of IP assets.

Mr. Park received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Rutgers School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in BioChemistry from California Polytechnic State University. Mr. Park is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to the California Bar.

ian m. hughes

Of Counsel

Ian M. Hughes is President of IPLS LLC. After receiving his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Hughes began his professional career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff. At Bell Laboratories, Mr. Hughes was a practicing engineer in design of telecommunication network equipment, concentrating in optical device and signal processing, digital access technology, satellite communication, voice and data compression, and packet network design. Mr. Hughes also spent a period in market management, coordination activities and funding for telecommunications equipment research and development related to ATM and SONET.

Mr. Hughes left Bell Laboratories to pursue a career in IP law, where he immediately became associated with a Philadelphia area Intellectual Property law firm, which he joined full-time upon admittance to the Pennsylvania Bar and registration with the U.S Patent & Trademark Office. Mr. Hughes subsequently helped form a specialty firm providing patent reparation and prosecution for a select group of corporate clients in wireless communications, optical devices/terminals, and video/audio compression/transmission. When Agere Systems, Inc., was formed by one of his clients, Mr. Hughes joined as Corporate IP Counsel, where he concentrated in patent sales, portfolio mining, patent assertion, oversight of outside counsel for litigation/arbitration, oversight of outside counsel for patent preparation/prosecution, and both outbound and defensive IP licensing. With IPLS LLC, Mr. Hughes continues to prepare and prosecute invention disclosures with an eye toward future assertion and licensing activities to create value, as well as for a defensive asset. In additional, Mr. Hughes counsels clients for IP business, portfolio management, and IP licensing.

Mr. Hughes received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Villanova University School of Law, contributing as a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and Environmental Law Journal. Mr. Hughes received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Tulane University, summa cum laude, and Master of Science in Electrician Engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hughes is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. He is a member of the American Intellectual Properly Law, Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law, American Bar, and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Joung Kook Park

Vice-President of International Affairs

Mr. Park is Vice-President of International Services, Asia-Pacific at the Virginia office of IPLS LLC. His duties include oversight of client relations and services, and management of patent preparation and prosecution for our clients located in the Asia-Pacific Rim.

Mr. Park has extensive experience over the past 18 years in patent drafting, patent prosecution, patent electronic filing and technical translation between English and Korean. His experience includes over 18 years of experience as a technical advisor at several Korean IP law firms and as a U.S. patent agent at D.C. metropolitan area IP law firms.

Mr. Park received his Master of Science in Computer Science from Kent State University and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Ashland University. Mr. Park is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Korean-American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

Kyung H. Kim

Managing Director

Kyung Hee Kim is a Director of International Services, Asia-Pacific at the Virginia office of IPLS LLC. Her duties include oversight of client relations and services, and management of patent preparation and prosecution for our clients located in the Asia-Pacific Rim.

Ms. Kim has extensive experience over the past 20 years in patent drafting, patent prosecution, patent electronic filing and technical translation between English and Korean. Her experience includes over 20 years of experience as a technical advisor at several Korean IP law firms and as a U.S. patent agent at D.C. metropolitan area IP law firms.

Ms. Kim received her Bachelor of Engineering in Information Communication Engineering from Choognam National University in South Korea. Ms. Kim is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the Korean-American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

AFFILIATED ATTORNEYS

WILLIAM R. THOMAS

 

Will provides clients with guidance in a wide range of intellectual property (IP) matters including strategies related to the generation, acquisition, maintenance, enforcement, licensing, and sale of IP assets.  Prior to founding his own boutique IP firm, Will served as senior in-house counsel for a publicly traded Fortune 1000 computer networking company, where he led the company’s intellectual property litigation (both plaintiff and defendant cases) and patent prosecution efforts (including IPRs, PGRs, and ex-parte reexaminations), drafted and negotiated IP licenses and other IP-related agreements, performed IP-related due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and participated in establishing corporate policies for data retention and data privacy.  He previously worked for boutique IP law firms where he advised a variety of clients ranging from start-ups to universities to Fortune 100 corporations on patent assertion campaigns and patent procurement.  Will has significant legal experience in patent assertion and defense strategies, portfolio analysis, and portfolio generation, and significant technical experience with computer networking, wireless and cellular communications, and analog circuits.  Throughout his career, Will has prided himself on providing practical, actionable, and business-focused guidance to clients across a wide array of industries including consumer electronics, enterprise computing, cybersecurity, telecommunications, financial services, medical devices, automotive, and aerospace/defense. 

 

Will graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2008.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and spent several years as an engineer and product development manager designing power supplies, wireless communications systems, and automated manufacturing equipment for consumer electronics devices.  He has also completed coursework toward a Master of Business Administration at Lehigh University.  Will is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Andrew Fortney

Drew received his B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA in 1985, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Princeton University in 1987 and 1990, respectively, and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1995. Drew is admitted to practice in California (1995) and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (1990).

Drew began his career in patent law in 1990, preparing and prosecuting patent applications in all areas of the chemical arts and biotechnology, obtaining some experience in various mechanical and electrical arts over the next few years. In 1995, Drew testified at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hearing on patent protection for biological inventions, was an invited speaker at the Ninth International Biotechnology Industry Organization meeting in San Francisco, California, and gave seminars on (i) the Utility Examination Guidelines for biotechnology inventions, (ii) the changes in the U.S. patent laws resulting from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and (iii) laws, rules and strategies pertaining to provisional patent applications.

In 1996, Drew joined Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, where he supervised and/or managed nearly all aspects of corporate legal activity, including intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing), litigation and dispute resolution, contracts, leases and real property transactions, and merger and acquisition due diligence. During Drew’s tenure, Cypress’ patent portfolio grew from about 60 issued patents to nearly 700; the new application filing rate went from about 90 original applications/year to nearly 300; a number of fundamental and/or pioneering semiconductor process technology and product architecture patent applications were prepared and prosecuted; a trademark program was established; two patent lawsuits (Chou Li and EMI Group) were successfully defended; a Joint Defense Group was formed in the Lemelson v. Lucent et al. litigation; and four major patent cross-licenses were finalized.

In 2002, Drew founded The Law Offices of Andrew D. Fortney, Ph.D., P.C., an IP boutique firm in Fresno, CA whose practice included patent preparation and prosecution, trademark registration and use, IP litigation, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, licensing, contract preparation and interpretation, and formal and informal dispute resolution. The firm regularly ranked in the top 200 firms in the U.S. each year for the number of issued patents it obtained. In 2014, Drew co-founded Central California IP Group, P.C., continuing substantially the same practice.

With his diverse, yet in-depth experience, Drew is able to prepare and prosecute patent and trademark registration applications in all areas of technology; draft, revise and/or negotiate a wide variety of contracts (e.g., licenses, joint development agreements, merger and/or acquisition agreements, settlement agreements, and sales and purchase agreements), and advise clients large or small on intellectual property, dispute resolution and transactional issues.

Theresa J. Mahan

Terri began her career in patent law in October 2007 and is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Terri received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology from Fresno State University in 1998 and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson Law School in 2006.

After graduating from Fresno State, Terri worked as a Research Associate for several different Biotech/Pharmaceutical Companies in San Diego, CA. For approximately 10 years, Terri researched and developed various assays for cancer research and the discovery and development of oral drugs that target G-Coupled Protein Receptors. In 2014, Terri co-founded Central California IP Group, P.C. with Drew Fortney. Terri’s areas of practice include U.S. patent preparation and prosecution, International and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, trademark registration, contracts, litigation support, and related business matters.

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