Steven J. Kim, PhD


Dr. Steven Kim is a partner whose practice focuses on intellectual property matters ranging from IP prosecution, freedom to operate analyses, client counseling, licensing contracts, and litigation. Dr. Kim has also handled matters in enforcing patents, trademarks, and copyrights against infringing parties. Dr. Kim has assisted with IP matters in many countries across the globe.

Dr. Kim has represented clients in patent and design patent matters related to a wide range of technologies including pharmaceuticals, materials chemistry, medical devices, consumer electronic devices, computer software, toys and footwear. His practice also includes handling matters in copyrights, unfair competition, non-disclosure agreements as well as a variety of other IP related matters.

In 2001, Dr. Kim earned his doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he conducted research as Product Research Corporation Fellow and a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Kim later served as a Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at UCLA’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and was a recipient of the Hanson-Dow Teaching Award. From 2008 to 2012, Dr. Kim was also a National Science Foundation Co-Principal Investigator for his research in secreted protein cues of intertidal organisms on wave-swept shores. Dr. Kim also has published articles on the regulation and processing of mRNA transcription in eukaryotic systems and transcription termination of RNAP II.

Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Kim assisted in the development of liposomal drug delivery while working at Nexstar Pharmaceuticals (now Gilead Sciences). In 2005, he graduated from Occidental College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with minors in Kinesiology and Religious Studies. His undergraduate research focused on the effects of anti-psychotic medication on membranes and was presented at 2005 American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego, CA.

While studying at Loyola Law School and teaching full-time at UCLA, Dr. Kim also interned at the Office of Intellectual Property at UCLA in technology transfer and patent counseling. Later, he served as a law clerk at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Intellectual Property division. He also appeared before the court as a certified law clerk under direction of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Dr. Kim also served as Loyola Law School’s Evening Student Body Association Vice-President. He completed his J.D. in 2012 and was the recipient of the Dean’s Service Award.


Zimmer Richard K, Ferrier Graham A, Kim Steven J, Ogorzalek Loo Rachel R, Zimmer Cheryl A, Loo Joseph A. Keystone predation and molecules of keystone significance. Ecology, 2017; [Epub ahead of print]

Zimmer Richard K, Ferrier Graham A, Kim Steven J, Kaddis Catherine S, Zimmer Cheryl A, Loo Joseph A. A multifunctional chemical cue drives opposing demographic processes and structures ecological communities. Ecology, 2016, 97 (9)2232-2239.

Ferrier Graham A, Kim Steven J, Kaddis Catherine S, Loo Joseph A, Ann Zimmer Cheryl, Zimmer Richard K.  MULTIFUNCin: A multifunctional Protein Cue Induces Habitat Selection by, and Predation on, Barnacles.  Integrative & Comparative Biology. 2016 56(5)901-913.

Kim Steven J, Martinson Harold G , Poly(A)-dependent transcription termination: continued communication of the poly(A) signal with the polymerase is required long after extrusion in vivo. The Journal of biological chemistry, 2003; 278(43): 41691-701.

Orozco Ian J, Kim Steven J, Martinson Harold G. The poly(A) signal, without the assistance of any downstream element, directs RNA polymerase II to pause in vivo and then to release stochastically from the template. The Journal of biological chemistry, 2002; 277(45): 42899-911. (Recommended by Faculty of 1000.)

Tran Dong P, Kim S J, Park Noh J, Jew Tiffany M, Martinson Harold G. Mechanism of poly(A) signal transduction to RNA polymerase II in vitro. Molecular and cellular biology, 2001; 21(21): 7495-508.

Chao Lily C, Jamil Amer, Kim Steven J, Huang Lisa, Martinson Harold G. Assembly of the cleavage and polyadenylation apparatus requires about 10 seconds in vivo and is faster for strong than for weak poly(A) sites. Molecular and cellular biology, 1999; 19(8): 5588-600.