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Japan (IP) "One way to benchmark it is if Kim & Chang is found anywhere on a deal or case, you know it's a significant matter."
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Since the firm’s inception in 1973, we have recognized the importance of Japan, one of Korea’s closest countries historically and geopolitically, and our commitment and dedication to Japanese clients in the procurement, management and protection of their IP rights. 

With this in mind, our IP Practice has a Japan Practice team to provide well-tailored solutions to various IP-related challenges and issues faced by Japanese companies doing business in Korea.  The Japan IP Practice Team is composed of attorneys, patent attorneys, patent engineers, trademark paralegals and other professionals with relevant technical knowledge and extensive experience in various fields including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, materials, metallurgy, medical devices, and autonomous vehicles.  We provide services covering a wide range of IP rights including patents, trademarks and designs. Each member of our team fully appreciates the importance of effective, close communication with clients, and we are well-equipped to provide comprehensive legal advice in the Japanese language to meet the specific needs of our clients.

Optimized Services Tailored to Japanese Clients

Many of our attorneys have law and/or technical degrees from Japan and have previously worked for major Japanese law firms, companies, and government agencies.  Through various professional training programs and continuing interactions with leading law offices, IP firms, and IP-related organizations in Japan, our professionals keep up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in Japanese IP law and practice in the pursuit of providing our clients with the best possible legal service. Further, with the support of our specialized Japanese translation team consisting of professional translators and native Japanese speakers with relevant knowledge and experience in the unique terminology used in IP, our attorneys are able to quickly understand clients’ requests, identify the key issues, and craft well-tailored solutions designed to achieve their objectives in the most efficient manner.

Recognized Expertise in Global IP Disputes

Kim & Chang’s IP Practice offers services not only in Japanese and Korean, but also in English, German, French, and Chinese. The Japan IP Practice Team benefits from working closely with other regional teams within the firm.  The diverse expertise and multicultural backgrounds of our professionals make our firm the recognized leader in providing specialized legal services for cross-border transactions, including complex multinational patent litigations involving Korea.  Our proven expertise and unparalleled resources have been sought by our clients in high-profile, multi-national patent litigations that involve Korea and other countries like the US, various European countries, Japan, and China.

Powerful Collaboration System Between Attorneys and Patent Attorneys

Many of our IP litigation attorneys have technical degrees and years of practical experience, and are widely considered by their peers to be the most respected and skilled litigators. We assign a dedicated support team for each client to meet their particular needs and requirements, and are able to tackle any type or size of IP litigation and disputes in Korea. By drawing upon our extensive resources which are unmatched by any other law firm in Korea, we have maximized the synergy between technology and law, and our patent attorneys with advanced degrees in various areas of technology have successfully handled a number of landmark cases on behalf of major Japanese clients.

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  • We provide a full range of services in patent, trademark, design, copyright, unfair competition, e-commerce, trade secret, computer and Internet law, including  litigation, enforcement, dispute resolution, prosecution, transactions, corporate due diligence, audits and general counseling.
  • We assist our clients in enforcing their IP rights through various means. Korea offers different types of legal actions to protect IP rights, which include court actions, both civil and criminal, and actions before the Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board (IPTAB), Korea Trade Commission (KTC), and Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC).  Based on our experience with different forums, we can provide the best legal advice and strategies for each type of actions to meet the client’s business interests.
  • We advise, negotiate and draft all types of IP licenses and agreements, from simple licenses to complex strategic alliances.
  • We conduct prior art searches in multiple languages including Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English to assist clients with litigation and licensing.

With in-depth knowledge and expertise, along with exceptional language skills and appreciation of our clients’ needs, we have a stellar track record of successfully representing Japanese clients across the full spectrum of technologies and industries.


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