Public Service Corner

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) was proud to support the Orange County Korean American Bar Association’s (OCKABA) 13th Annual Installation Dinner and silent auction held October 25, 2018.

Umberg/Zipser attorney Minyoung Shin has joined the OCKABA Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 term and will help to serve the organization’s mission to foster professional and personal relationships between 1st, 1.5, and 2nd generation Korean American attorneys through business networking and social events, provide pro bono services aimed at addressing the needs of the local Korean American community, promote the appointment of Korean American judges, and facilitate the efforts of Korean American law students to navigate the transition to licensed practice. Learn more here:

Minyoung Shin, Ph.D focuses her practice on trademark and patent prosecutions across various technology industries including pharmaceutical science, nutraceutical chemistry, biomedical devices, and chemical engineering.

Umberg/Zipser Again Included in the Civic 50 Orange County List for 2018

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) is honored to be named again one of Orange County’s 50 most community minded companies at the 2018 Civic 50 OC Awards, presented by the Orange County Business Journal in partnership with OneOC, Points of Light and True Impact. This is the second year that Umberg/Zipser has been honored with the award.

The Civic 50 OC Awards recognize the 50 most community-minded small, mid-size, and large Orange County companies as determined by a national survey. By benchmarking and celebrating best practices, the recognition provides visibility and a framework for how local companies can use their employees’ time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in our community.

“We are pleased to be recognized again in the Civic 50 for its second year. One our  our firm’s core values is commitment to give back meaningfully to the community. We are proud of the contributions of our attorneys to the legal profession and the community we serve,” said Dean Zipser, co-founding partner.

In addition to the Civic 50 Orange County List, special category awards will be announced at the Civic 50 Orange County Awards Luncheon on October 11, 2018 at the Hotel Irvine.  For more information go to

The Civic 50 Special Report and List will publish on October 15, 2018 in the Orange County Business Journal.

Umberg/Zipser’s Mei Tsang and Martin Fessenmaier in OCBJ: “Will Change in USPTO Leadership Bring Change to Patentability Issues?”

Umberg Zipser’s Mei Tsang and Martin Fessenmaier, Ph.D. co-authored an article in the Orange County Business Journal on August 20, 2018: “Will Change in USPTO Leadership Bring Change to Patentability Issues?”.

The full text of the article is available here: Will Change in USPTO Leadership Bring Change to Patentability Issues?

Scott Garner Co-Authors OC Lawyer Article “Ethics 2.0: A Snapshot of the Revamped Rules of Professional Conduct”

Umberg Zipser’s (U/Z) Scott B. Garner co-authored an article in OC Lawyer, September 2018, “Ethics 2.0: A Snapshot of the Revamped Rules of Professional Conduct” to discuss some of the more note-worthy changes that are to be expected in the revised Rules of Professional Conduct, which will go into effect November 1, 2018.

The new set of rules were proposed by the State Bar and approved by the California Supreme Court on May 10, 2018. The rules can best be described as a hybrid between the current California Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Rules.

Scott has served as a member of the California State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct from 2011-16, and served as the Committee’s Chair from 2014-15.

The full text of the article is available here: Ethics 2.0: A Snapshot of the Revamped Rules of Professional Conduct

Umberg/Zipser Sponsors Orange County Women Lawyers Association’s Annual Gala

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) was proud to support the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) as a gold sponsor of its 43rdAnnual Gala and Silent Auction on September 13 at the Pelican Hill Resort. The OCWLA is dedicated to advancing women in the legal profession by providing a professional network, raising awareness of discrimination and bias, and supporting charitable organizations.  Learn more here:

Mei Tsang Serves as Co-Chair and Umberg/Zipser Sponsors OCBA Charitable Fund’s 2018 Raise Your Glass Fundraiser

Umberg/Zipser (U/Z) partner Mei Tsang served as co-chair for the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund’s (OCBACF) annual Raise Your Glass event on Thursday, August 23 at the Newport Beach Country Club. Mei currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Orange County Bar Association and its Charitable Fund. In addition to Mei’s service, Umberg/Zipser is proud to be a long-time supporter of the OCBACF, and is an Underwriter Sponsor for the event.

Raise Your Glass is the marquee wine tasting and charity awards benefit that is organized by the OCBACF, a nonprofit foundation raising money for law-related charities in Orange County. The event is held to help raise much-needed funds to support law-related organizations and programs in Orange County, including Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Southeast Los Angeles, Public Law Center, and law school and domestic violence clinics and programs. Read more about the event here:

Mei has an international intellectual property practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to achieve their business goals worldwide. Mei has substantial experience in patent and trademark portfolio development, and in all aspects of IP enforcement, including negotiation, licensing, and litigation at various courts at the federal, state, and administrative levels. Her clients also depend on her multicultural background and language abilities to help them expand and navigate their IP strategy worldwide.


Umberg/Zipser Continues to Grow Intellectual Property Group with Addition of Mark Finkelstein and Priti Phukan

We are proud to announce the continued growth of our IP practice with the addition of litigation partner Mark Finkelstein and patent prosecutor Priti Phukan, Ph.D.

Mark Finkelstein has more than 23 years of intellectual property and complex litigation experience in some of the nation’s largest firms. He advises clients on matters involving patent, copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement, as well as misuse of trade secrets, unfair competition, and other commercial disputes. Mark has significant first-chair trial experience in both state and federal courts, and has argued before the Federal and Ninth Circuits.

Priti Phukan, Ph.D. concentrates her practice on patent and trademark prosecution across various technology industries, including chemistry, life sciences, diagnostics, medical devices, and mechanical engineering. Priti began her career as a chemist and molecular biologist and then ultimately made the choice to start her career in patent law in 2012.

Mark and Priti are actively involved in a number of professional and community organizations such as the Orange County Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Mark is also immediate past president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Orange County. Priti is a member of the Women Inventors Committee, the Association of University Technology Managers and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association.

Mark and Priti share the firm’s core values — teamwork, integrity, professionalism, and creativity — and our passion for helping our clients and the community. We are thrilled they have joined the Umberg/Zipser team.

To view the firm’s press release announcing Mark and Priti’s arrival, click here.