Shoko specializes in U.S. and foreign patent procurement in a variety of fields including optical, electrical, mechanical, and software technologies. In addition, she provides clients with patent infringement and validity opinions, due diligence reviews, trademark procurement, and general intellectual property law counseling and strategic portfolio management. Shoko received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington (1998) and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Waseda University (Tokyo; 1990). She holds a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law (1997).
Prior to joining Seed IP, Shoko had extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in electrical and software-related technologies, developing client patent programs, and drafting and presenting non-infringement, invalidity and patentability opinions. Shoko also specializes in IP strategies, counseling clients on strategic development of their domestic and international intellectual property portfolios. Prior to her experience in patent law, Shoko participated in a Judicial Clerk Externship program at the Whatcom County Superior Court in Bellingham, WA.
Shoko is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Washington State Patent Law Association, and King County Bar Association. Shoko is also a Summer Seminar Faculty Member for CASRIP (Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property), a seminar which takes place annually at the University of Washington.