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Joyce W. Y. Tam-Sugiyama

JoyceW. Y.Tam-Sugiyama


Joyce W. Y. Tam-Sugiyama is a partner in the firm's Honolulu office and a member of its Entertainment & Intellectual Property and Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution practice groups.  Her experience has included patent infringement litigation involving medical devices, biotechnology, oil exploration technology, and pharmaceuticals. 

Prior Work

  • Associate, Intellectual Property Litigation, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Program Coordinator, Department of the Navy Technology Transfer Program Office
  • Chemical Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center-Ship Systems Engineering Station


  • Biologics Revolution: The Intersection of Biotechnology, Patent Law and Pharmaceutical Regulation, 98 Geo.L.J. 535 (2010)
  • The Production of Silicon Wafers Through the Use of the Czochralski Growth Process, I U.Pa.J. Undergraduate Res. 179 (2004), with Sean Cusack and Eiji Takizawa


  • Dean's List, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Member, Georgetown Journal of International Law
  • Doyle D. Rauch Scholarship for Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dean's List, University of Pennsylvania
  • Melvin C. Molstad Award for most innovative Chemical Engineering senior design, University of Pennsylvania
  • President's Award, best award-winning senior project, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Practice

  • Entertainment & Intellectual Property
  • Appeals
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


  • Georgetown University Law Center,Washington,District of Columbia
    • J.D.; Senior Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law-2010
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • B.S., Engineering