• Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003)  Order of the Coif
  • Korea University (B.S.)
    Electrical Engineering


  • Illinois State Bar
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois


English, Korean, Japanese

Miyoung Shin

Intellectual Property Attorney

Miyoung Shin’s decades of experience at the nexus of engineering and law—in patent prosecutions, enforcements, and post-grant reviews—makes her ideally suited to handle the most complex and nuanced patent matters for major corporations and select inventors. She brings to bear her electrical and mechanical engineering qualifications and varied industry knowledge, which includes such areas as consumer electronics, display devices, cellular communication technologies, software products, medical devices, and more.

Miyoung is equally at ease working directly with engineers, inventors, or in-house patent counsel. She has the technical know-how to handle utility patent applications and worldwide design and to manage and maintain patent portfolios.

With a notable background in post-grant reviews, Miyoung is squarely focused on a patent’s ability to hold up to challenges. From beginning to end, she not only thinks about getting the patent for her client but also how to enforce it. Her longstanding corporate clients know they can count on her to understand their business plans and respond to fast-moving needs when a product disclosure is imminent and securing novelty is critical.

“Having the benefit of being involved in both prosecution and litigation allows me to draft highly effective patents,” says Miyoung. “I try to view every patent I draft from the position of a litigator, avoiding broad claims that can be easily invalidated. I work to strike the right balance: Broad enough to capture novelty but specific enough to hold up in post grant review or litigation.”

Miyoung practiced patent law in Korea for several years before coming to the United States to earn her law degree and certification as a U.S. patent lawyer. Prior to joining her colleagues at Burris Law, she spent 14 years training and practicing in the largest intellectual property law firm in Chicago, where she rose to equity partner in 2012.


  • Co-Author, “Patent Owner Estoppel Isn’t As Threatening As It Seems,” Law360, September 2021
  • Author, “Questioning PTAB Due Process In Fed. Circ. Appeals,” Law360, September 2017
  • Co-Author, “Finding Consistency Among Claim Construction Standards, Law360, July 2016

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