Steve Jae Youn Kim



Steve Jaeyoun Kim is the managing partner at Novick, Kim and Lee, PLLC. Mr. Kim’s practice emphasizes strategic patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings including ex-parte reexamination, reissue, inter-partes review and covered business method patent review proceedings, client counseling, due diligence and freedom-to-operate investigations, patent opinion work with respect to validity and infringement of patents, technology transfers and IP licensing agreements.

In this practice, he has handled about 40 ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings, challenging and defending patents mostly involved in litigation. Based on his extensive experience in reexamination, Mr. Kim practices in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His practice also includes trademark prosecution and providing opinions regarding the availability for use and registration of the mark. Mr. Kim is technically focused on the mechanical and electrical art and business methods.

Mr. Kim obtained his J.D. cum laude from Handong International Law School in Korea. He authored a paper comparing Korean and American patent laws and wrote two textbooks that were published for the Korean Intellectual Property Office. He completed his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in intellectual Property Law at The George Washington University. His master research paper dealt with “Debate on the First-to-File and the First-to-Invent Patent Systems.”

He has experience for eight years as a manufacturing process engineer and as an overseas service operation manager with Hyundai-Motor Company. He taught patent prosecution before the USPTO at Handong International Law School in 2010 and is an adjunct professor teaching law courses at Washington University of Virginia in Annandale, Virginia.


Patent Prosecution
Patent Opinions
IP Litigation


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


L.L.M., The George Washington University Law School
J.D. Equivalent, cum laude, Handong International Law School, South Korea
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Chung-Ang University, South Korea