LAIPLA Annual Meeting and Patent Lunch in Los Angeles

Annual Meeting and Patent Litigation Lunch

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

LAIPLA Invites You to Our Annual Meeting:
Effective IP Strategies and Practical Tips for doing business in Foreign Jurisdictions

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DATE:  Tuesday, March 5, 2019
TIME:  12:00 – 3:00 PM —  12-2pm lunch and CLE; 2-3 dessert and networking
LOCATION:  Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, 333 South Hope Street, Forty-Third Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

LAIPLA is pleased to announce its 2019 annual meeting — a discussion and networking event with attorneys from Europe, Japan, Korea and China to discuss effective IP strategies for doing business in foreign jurisdictions. Peter (Sungjin) Chun of Korea, Shuichi Shitara of Japan, Dr. David Sinz of Germany, and Shengping Yang of China will discuss practical tips for clients and attendees who own IP in these jurisdictions or want to file applications in these foreign jurisdictions. The discussion will include a comparative discussion of specific issues and topics in each jurisdiction. Attendees will gain an increased understanding of some of the most important and influential details in each jurisdiction which will help them navigate through these foreign jurisdictions safely and successfully.

Want to be part of the LAIPLA? Join one (or more) of our amazing committees when you register for this event and come meet our Association leaders at this event. The LAIPLA Board for 2019-2020 will be voted on at the annual meeting. We hope to see you there!

This is event is co-sponsored by APABA (Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles) and Southern CA Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) – APABA and SCCLA members may register for this event for LAIPLA member rates.

Note: Parking is available in the building for $45, but is not included in the pricing and cannot be validated.


LAIPLA and co-sponsors (Early Bird): $50

LAIPLA and co-sponsors – After Friday, March 1: $75

LAIPLA Student Members: $35

LAIPLA Student Members – After Friday, March 1: $50

LAIPLA In-House Members: Free

Non-Members (Early Bird): $75

Non-Members - After Friday, March 1: $95


George R. McGuire, United States (Moderator)

Mr. McGuire is a registered patent attorney and the Chair of Bond, Schoeneck & King’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice in New York. He received both his J.D., magna cum laude, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. Mr. McGuire has a wide array of IP experience, handling issues related to patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark clearance opinions, patent novelty, validity and (non)infringement opinions, due diligence investigations for mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, technology transfers and license agreements, and other financial transactions.  Mr. McGuire has also represented clients before the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Peter (Sungjin) Chun, Korea

Mr. Chun received a master’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Seoul National University. Mr. Chun is a registered patent attorney with expertise in computers, networks, and software.  Mr. Chun is currently the managing partner and co-founder of Muhann Patent and Law Firm, with more than 20 years of experience in IP practice. Before Muhann, Mr. Chun worked as a research engineer for Samsung Electronics for several years where he developed TCP/IP protocol stacks, network devices/programs, speech recognition, neural networks, machine learning and natural language processing.

Shuichi Shitara, Japan

Mr. Shitara earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Hokkaido University in Japan, as well as a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom.  Mr. Shitara studied in the United States from 2004 to 2007 where he received training on U.S. patent prosecution at the law firm Sughrue Mion, PLLC, and he passed the U.S. patent bar examination in 2005. Mr. Shitara currently works at the firm Taiyo, Nakajima & Kato in Japan. Mr. Shitara is a patent attorney, manager of his firms International Affairs section, and general manager of his firm’s 1st Patent Department.  The primary focus of Mr. Shitara’s practice is patent prosecution and opinion work on issues of non-infringement, FTO and invalidity.  More specifically, Mr. Shitara mainly works in the technology areas of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, material chemistry, printing, polymers, photochemistry, xerography, medical devices, toiletry and biomass.  In addition to his patent practice in Japan, Mr. Shitara’s expertise covers patent practice in the U.S., Europe and China.

Dr. David Sinz, Germany

Dr. Sinz is a partner at the law firm Dreiss Patentanwälte, a boutique IP firm based in Stuttgart, Germany. Dr. Sinz holds a PhD in Physics and a master’s degree in process engineering. Dr. Sinz’s work focuses on opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as nullity and infringement cases.  Dr. Sinz also works on the prosecution side, drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to medical technology and hygienic products, 3D-printing, general mechanical and apparatus engineering, and automobile and manufacturing technology. Dr. Sinz speaks four languages: German, English, French, and Dutch.

Shengping Yang, China

Shengping has been involved in the practice of patent law in China for over 18 years. Shengping earned a B.S. in Engineering from Beijin Jiaotong University and a master’s degree in Engineering from North China Electric Power University. Shengping’s work is related to the technical fields of computer science & engineering, telecommunication, semiconductor, physical & mechanical devices and systems, artificial intelligence, and software. His practice covers all stages of the patent life cycle, from patent identification, drafting, filing, prosecution, to invalidation, enforcement, administrative and judicial litigation and licensing. Shengping also counsels clients on national and international portfolio planning and management.



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Questions? Contact the LAIPLA office at or call 323-285-1654.

Sponsorship? See LAIPLA Sponsorship Opportunities 2019 for this event and others.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, 333 South Hope Street, Forty-Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Contact the LAIPLA office at or call 323-285-1654.