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Dr. Sun Jin Lee


European Patent Attorney

European Patent Litigator (UPC)


Sun Jin is a patent attorney at Maiwald. Her scientific background covers the fields of genetic engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology as well as molecular and cell biology. In addition to providing strategic advice to clients across a broad range of pharmaceutical and biotechnology issues, she is a highly skilled practitioner in the areas of patent prosecution and opposition proceedings.

During her doctorate at Yale University, she researched the molecular basis of PKD, a common kidney disease. Later, as postdoctoral associate at Yale, she identified and investigated a new gene that plays a crucial role in regulating skin stem cells and limb development.

since 2024
Partner at Maiwald
since 2019
European Patent Attorney at Maiwald
2014 - 2019
Patent attorney trainee at an IP law firm

Admitted to practice as European Patent Attorney
2009 - 2014
Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University in the field of stem cell biology, genetics and developmental biology
2005 - 2009
Doctoral Degree in the field of molecular genetics and nephrology from Yale University
2004 - 2005
Research scholar at Yale University in the field of neurobiology
2003 - 2004
Diploma Thesis at the Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology

  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings

  • Aventis Foundation Highly Gifted Scholarship
  • Hilde Mangold Prize
  • Excellence Scholarship of the Bavarian State Government

  • Patenting Stem Cell Technologies and Genes in Europe: Good News, IAM, 03/2016 (together with Heike Vogelsang-Wenke)

  • German
  • English
  • Korean