Miriam Kim is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on intellectual property matters, complex civil litigation, and internal investigations for high technology companies, particularly in the semiconductor and software industries. Ms. Kim was named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in 2014. The award recognizes individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields and shown a strong commitment to the community.
Ms. Kim’s IP litigation experience includes trade secret, copyright and patent matters. Ms. Kim has significant experience defending clients against alleged copyright infringement and trade secret theft claims involving software. She also has substantial experience handling complex business litigation for semiconductor and software companies and taking such cases to trial. She is currently representing LG Electronics in an upcoming federal trial of a multidistrict antitrust litigation regarding cathode ray tube (CRT) price-fixing allegations.
Ms. Kim has significant experience leading internal investigations into potential theft of trade secrets or other confidential information. While the nature of this work is confidential, Miriam has gained a reputation for identifying critical witnesses and employing cutting-edge technology in order to conduct effective and efficient investigations.
Representative Semiconductor Matters
- Defending Intel Corporation in consumer class action involving claims of unfair business practices with respect to performance of Pentium 4 processors.
- Represented Rambus in two-week bench trial and defeated Samsung’s claim for a $400 million damages offset from future patent infringement liability. Samsung settled its litigation against Rambus for $900 million.
- Represented Rambus in antitrust litigation involving multi-billion dollar claims against Samsung, Micron and Hynix.
- Represented Applied Materials in successful defense of a jury trial against claims of patent infringement brought by Axcelis Technologies.
Representative Software Matters
- Defended Green Hills Software in its successful five-month arbitration against claims of copyright infringement and unfair competition relating to application programming interfaces (APIs).
- Successfully represented Disney’s Playdom, an online social gaming company, in copyright source code case. Settled on eve of trial.
- Defended Microsoft in a copyright and trade secret case involving voice over internet protocol (VoIP) software.
Ms. Kim speaks Korean and has successfully advocated for clients in a range of matters involving Korean companies. Ms. Kim’s pro bono practice is focused on the needs of victims of sexual abuse. She is Secretary of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA), President of the AABA Law Foundation, and an active member of Christ Church East Bay.
Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Ms. Kim was a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter and clerked for the Honorable Levin H. Campbell, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. She graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where she was president of the Boalt Hall Student Association and a member of the California Law Review.