Mino Ryu
Patent Attorney/Partner,Foreign Attorney







Practice Area

  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceutics, 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)


Korean, English, and Japanese

Mino works at SEUM IP on patent matters in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutics, cosmetics, food technology and chemistry.  She filed and prosecuted patent applications, advised on patent strategy, and dealt with patent trials and litigations at FirstLaw and Nam & Nam on behalf of Korean domestic companies as well as global companies.

Mino provides IP advice for biotech companies, investors and institutions based on extensive work experiences and in-depth understanding on technologies.  

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

[1] Patent Strategy Consulting and Prosecution

  • Represented KRIBB, biotech companies, etc. 
  • Represented Roche, Pfizer, GSK, Merck, Air Products, Wyeth, Immatics 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)
  • Member of Illinois Bar Association (2016-Present)
  • Member of the Korea Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA) (2004-Present)