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Former Volpe and Koenig. P.C. Technical Advisor Becomes Patent Agent

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property (IP) law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pa. and Princeton, N.J., announced that former technical advisor, Keiko Kimura Middleton, is now a patent agent at the firm.

Middleton’s technical background covers chemistry, material science, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and medical devices. A native speaker of Japanese fluent in English, she assists clients, especially from Japan, helping to prepare their U.S. patent applications, U.S. national phase applications via the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), foreign filings, PCT international filings, and to provide assistance along with attorneys in matters ranging from patent prosecution and portfolio development, to technology transfer, licensing and monetization for Japanese clients. At her previous IP law firm, Middleton worked along with Japanese and U.S. patent attorneys as an IP technical advisor for cases before the Japan Patent Office (JPO). She has experience obtaining patents, trademarks and design rights before the JPO, conducting searches, and providing advice on patent invalidation trials in Japan as an assistant to attorneys.

Middleton earned her B.A. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and recently became registered to practice in patent cases before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Based in Philadelphia, Pa. and Princeton, N.J., Volpe and Koenig, P.C. provides worldwide client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfers, due diligence, licensing and enforcement. For additional information, please visit

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