Korea: Intellectual Property 2019

Our research into the Korean intellectual property market sees 23 individuals highlighted for their work covering both contentious and transactional matters relating to patents and trademarks.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jay (Young-June) Yang Kim & Chang, Seoul 
2. Hoodong Lee Bae Kim & Lee LLC, Seoul
3. Young Mo Kwon   Lee & Ko, Seoul

Kim & Chang is a dominant force in the market with seven practitioners listed in our guide.
Jay (Young-June) Yang is lauded for his “responsiveness and the breadth and depth of his knowledge and experience”. Peers state that he is “one of the best IP litigators in Korea”.
Man-Gi Paik is “a prosecution guru” according to impressed peers who credit his wide-ranging experience on patent matters, with specialist insight into the electricals and software sectors.
Chun Yang is a go-to name in the jurisdiction for patent and trade secret litigation with respondents giving high praise to his excellent work in the space.
Alex Hyon Cho is “a really good trademarks lawyer” who peers state is “great to work with”. He is credited for his “very active practice” and “strong experience” on trademark prosecution and litigation.
Sang-Wook Han possesses superb understanding of the technology sector, with respondents to our research lauding him as “a great litigation strategist”.

Yulchon possesses deep expertise in the intellectual property space, with four individuals highlighted in our guide.
Jeong Yeol Choe is a “highly experienced practitioner” with a “strong reputation” for his considerable experience handling patent litigation for clients in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors.
Cheol Hwan Kim is a prominent figure in the Korean market who receives effusive praise from respondents to our research for his impressive ability on litigation across a range of industry sectors.
Samuel Sungmok Lee runs a standout practice that sees him engaged in issues including licensing negotiation and patent litigation arising from sectors including electronics, pharmaceuticals and chemistry.
Dong Soo Han is a go-to lawyer with an excellent practice that features deep expertise on trade secrets, unfair competition and copyright issues.           

Lee & Ko has a strong position in the Korean market, with five lawyers nominated for inclusion in our guide.
Young Mo Kwon is a recognisable figure in the Korean market who is highlighted by sources for his “thorough approach” to issues such as technology licensing and patent enforcement.
Jae Hoon Kim has a “strong reputation” in the market and is known for his impressive practice that features wide-ranging experience in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and software sectors.
Hwan Sung Park is a standout lawyer who wins effusive praise from commentators for his excellent work on unfair competition, domain name disputes and trade secrets issues.

Bae Kim & Lee is a top firm in the jurisdiction that wins three inclusions this year.
Hoodong Lee is an outstanding practitioner who “has a very strong reputation in the field”. His practice sees him engaged in litigation arising from trade secrets, patents and trademarks issues across a range of industry sectors.
Kijoong Kang has “great depth of knowledge and significant experience in intellectual property” say sources, who add that “he seeks out effective solutions that you can trust”.
Catherine Eunkyeong Lee is lauded for the “timeliness and efficiency of her responses” by clients. She “communicates well” and has “a superb reputation” thanks to her “great knowledge of intellectual property issues in South Korea”.

Cho & Partners’ Ik-Hyun Seo is “very responsive, super-smart and very thoughtful” according to peers who commend him for his handling of issues relating to technology and luxury fashion companies.

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