B.S., Electrical Engineering
University of Illinois at


J.D., Chicago-Kent
College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology

B. Joe Kim


B. Joe Kim is a partner with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. His practice focuses on intellectual property law, particularly domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution. Mr. Kim has prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents in technical areas such as computer disk devices, LCD panels, computer network devices and software, pneumatic tires and power tools.


He has extensive experience writing opinions on patent infringement, validity and patentability, and trademark infringement, and has negotiated substantial settlements relating to patents and trademarks. Mr. Kim has litigated a variety of intellectual property disputes in the federal district courts, and has conducted many successful appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.


Mr. Kim received a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Prior to attending law school, Mr. Kim worked as an electrical engineer in the nuclear power industry, and served in the U.S. Army before attending college.


Mr. Kim has been active in many professional legal organizations within Chicago, nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, has served on the Board of Directors for the Korean-American Bar Association of Chicago, and is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the International Association of Korean Lawyers.



  • U.S. and foreign patent and trademark prosecution
  • Patent appeals
  • Opinions on patent infringement, validity and patentability
  • Trademark oppositions
  • Patent and trademark litigation
  • Engineer with a nuclear power plant consulting firm
  • U.S. Army


Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Korean-American Bar Association


Example Technical Fields

  • Coffee Roasters
  • Computer Disk Storage Devices
  • Computer Peripheral Server Devices
  • Computer System and Circuits
  • Control Network Protocols
  • Counter-Top Electric Ovens
  • Diving Equipment
  • Electric Motors
  • Electronic Information Delivery Systems and Devices
  • Fasteners
  • Hats
  • High Voltage Capacitors
  • HVAC Control Systems
  • LCD Panels
  • Magnetic Disk Drives
  • Matrix Isolation Analysis Equipment
  • Network Devices
  • Optical Disk Drives
  • Personal Care Appliances
  • Power Supply for Power Tools
  • Railway Maintenance Equipment
  • Rotary Power Tools
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Telecommunications Systems and Devices
  • TFT Devices
  • TV Monitoring Devices