Mino Ryu
Patent Attorney/Partner, Foreign Attorney







Practice Area

  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceutics, Clean Energy, Cosmetics, Food Technology and Chemistry


  • 2001 Passed the Korean Patent Bar Examination
  • 2016 Admitted to the Illinois state bar


  • 2015 Boston University, School of Law (LL.M.)
  • 1999 Korea University, School of Life Sciences & Biotechnology (M.S., 1999)
  • 1997 Korea University, Genetic Engineering (B.S., 1997)

Mino is a partner in the biotech/pharmaceutical/chemistry division of SEUM IP.  She provides strategic counseling for clients on IP issues including patent portfolio development, prosecution, patent disputes, validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate matters.

Mino represents clients from a range of industries including biotech, pharmaceuticals, clean energy, materials science, cosmetics, agriculture and food technologies.

Before joining SEUM IP, Mino worked at Korean traditional leading IP firms, where she practiced all aspects of patent law including patent litigations, patent prosecutions and opinion matters for global companies.

  • 2021-Present
  • 2021-22
    MINT Venture Partners, Chief IP Officer
  • 2007-20
    FirstLaw P.C.
  • 2002-07
    NAM & NAM
Representative Matters

[1] Patent Strategy Consulting and Prosecution

  • Represented Roche, Pfizer, GSK, Merck, Air Products, Wyeth, DSM, DOW Chemical, P&G, CImmatics etc.
  • Represented KRIBB, biotech companies, SK chemicals, etc.
  • Filed and prosecuted patent applications related to small molecules, antibodies, proteins, peptides, oncolytic virus, immune cells, stem cells, genome editing, vaccines, microorganisms, etc. 

[2] IP R&D

  • Prior art search for candidates of new pipelines 
  • Patent landscaping analysis 

[3] Infringement / validity analysis

  • FTO analysis for marketing antibody of S company, peptide of I company, and sunscreen lotion of P company 
  • Infringement and validity analysis of a patent relating to paper coating compositions
  • Validity analysis of a patent relating to liquid crystal medium, and building patent portfolios in preparation for anticipated disputes
  • Infringement analysis for marketing laundry sheets

[4] Patent dispute

  • Represented DSM in patent invalidation trials (method of producing PUFAs)
  • Represented SK Chemicals in patent invalidation actions and scope confirmation trials (pharmaceutical composition, and production of recombinant protein)
  • Represented Merck in patent infringement action and patent invalidation trial (pigments)
  • Represented Merck in patent revocation action (LC medium)
  • Represented RNL Bio in patent infringement actions and scope confirmation trial (dog cloning)
  • Represented Pfizer in patent term extension cases (Pharmaceuticals)
  • Represented P&G in patent opposition case (feminine hygiene product)
Publications and Activities
  • Member of INTA (International Trademark Association)
  • Member of Illinois Bar Association (2016-Present)
  • Member of the Korea Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA) (2004-Present)
  • Korean, English, and Japanese