Derek Lam, Partner

DEREK LAM, Partner

Derek Lam is a partner at Kim IP. His practice focuses on patent procurement and prosecution, and patent litigation in the software, computer, electrical, medical device, and mechanical technology areas.

Mr. Lam has over a decade of experience preparing and acquiring hundreds of U.S. and international patents in the mechanical and electrical arts, specializing in computer-implemented technologies including business process management, flash memory, Internet services, location systems, medical devices, mobile applications, mobile telecommunications gateways, robotic process automation, screen sharing, search, storage, and virtual machines.

Mr. Lam’s litigation experience includes supporting numerous patent cases at trial in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Lam has litigated standard-essential and non-standard-essential patents involving technologies such as cellular and mobile technologies, financial methods, firewalls, and near field communications (NFC).

Prior to joining Kim IP, Mr. Lam was corporate senior patent counsel for a publicly-traded enterprise software company in Boston and worked for the major law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP in Boston. Prior to law school, Mr. Lam worked in the high-tech industry as a software engineer for IBM Corporation.



“Private Litigation & Beyond,” Panelist – Harvard Law School National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy, February 2021

“The ABCs of AI and IP: How Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets Factor Into the Artificial Intelligence Equation,” CLE Panelist – National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference, February 2020

“Building a Defensive IP Strategy,” Panelist — IP Defense Summit, September 2017; Panelist — IP Strategy Summit, June 2017

“The ‘New Normal:’ A Push to Quality in Prosecution and Portfolio Management,” Panelist — IP Strategy Summit, June 2017

“Defending Against Non-Practicing Entities: Beyond Cost Benefit Analysis,” Panelist — IP Defense Summit, November 2016



Apple Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co. Ltd. (Northern District of California), represented counterclaim defendant, Apple Inc., patent infringement

In re Certain electronic devices, including wireless communication devices, portable music and data processing devices, and tablet computers (Int’l Trade Comm’n), represented defendant, Apple Inc., patent infringement

QualiQode, LLC v. Pegasystems Inc. (Eastern District of Texas), represented defendant, Pegasystems Inc., patent infringement

YYZ LLC v. Pegasystems Inc. (District of Delaware), represented defendant, Pegasystems Inc., patent infringement



U.S. Patent No. 8,468,194 — Expertise referrals using a real-time communication system

U.S. Patent No. 8,271,590 — Processing electronic messages according to sender classification

U.S. Patent No. 7,865,560 — System for summarization of threads in electronic mail

U.S. Patent No. 7,849,147 — Method and apparatus for summarization of threads in electronic mail

U.S. Patent No. 7,392,280 — Method of summarization of threads in electronic mail


Contact Information:

Phone: (856) 520-8815


129 W. Evesham Road
Voorhees, New Jersey 08043

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Education & Admissions:


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School

M.Eng., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Admitted to Practice:

New Jersey


U.S. District Court, D. Mass.

U.S. District Court, D.N.J.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office