Our Team

John M. Kim

John is the Managing Partner of IPLA. John regularly advises clients on all aspects of trademark law, including worldwide clearance search strategies, registering trademarks and trade dress, managing worldwide trademark portfolios, policing efforts to protect trademarks, and advising clients on licensing arrangements.

John’s experience spans a wide range of industries, including online gaming, temporary accommodations, advertising, internet, computer software, computer storage, medical device, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, healthcare technology, automotive, retail, consumer goods, entertainment, telecommunications, clothing and fashion, and diamond grading, just to name a few. John has represented and handled the worldwide trademark portfolios of clients such as Zynga, Airbnb, Adroll, JustFab, JDA Software, Hitachi GST, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, P.F. Changs, Souplantation, Mitchell International, Achates Power, Target Brands, Clorox, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, WhatsApp, No Fear, and the Gemological Institute of America. As a result of the highly specialized nature of John’s practice and the breadth of industries that his clients operate in, John has handled virtually every known type of trademark matter in numerous jurisdictions around the world.

Although John is well versed in all aspects of trademark law, his strengths lie in his foreign prosecution and litigation experience. John has filed for trademark protection in over 150 countries and has enforced his clients’ rights through opposition, cancellation and court action in nearly as many countries. Given the diversity of his client base, John is called upon to deal with things as varied as shutting down factories manufacturing counterfeit goods in China, filing domain name disputes against cyber squatters in Korea, and seizing counterfeit or gray market goods imported into Europe. The diversity and breadth of John’s trademark experience allows him to take a more thoughtful and successful approach to his clients’ trademark matters.


  • California State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California


  • B.A. in Business Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1993
  • J.D. Santa Clara University School of Law, 1996


Awarded Top Trademark Attorney – San Diego in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015

Representative Matters

  • Salon Supply Store v. Creative Nail Design/Revlon

Represent plaintiff in a trademark case regarding the genericness of the term SHELLAC for nail polish.

  • Eddie Van Halen v. California Board Sports, Inc.

Represented defendant in a copyright infringement case regarding claims that defendant’s shoes used designs allegedly similar to plaintiff’s “Frankenstein” guitar design. The action was settled favorable to our client shortly after the filing of the complaint.

  • DKN Hotels v. Raffles Ltd

Represented plaintiff in a trademark infringement case where the defendant claimed senior rights to the “Raffles” mark in the United States due to the alleged fame of the mark in Singapore without any proof of use in the United States. The action settled favorable to our client prior to trial.

  • California Board Sports, Inc. v. Vans, Inc.

Represented plaintiff in a Declaratory Relief action seeking a declaration from the court that Vans, Inc. did not own the exclusive right to the design of a black and white checkerboard for use on action sports shoes. The action was settled favorable to our client before trial.