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“Always extremely responsive and articulate, providing practical, thoughtful and clear advice.”
– Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

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Our US IP Practice Group focuses on providing both comprehensive and innovative legal services for US clients in Korea across the full spectrum of IP rights.

For over four decades, our Group has represented the leading US companies doing business in Korea for IP-related litigations, transactions and regulatory matters – becoming widely recognized for both our experience and expertise. Our Group focuses on bridging the gap between US and Korean legal practice, always committed to finding practical solutions. Members include litigators, patent attorneys and US-trained patent lawyers, many with advanced degrees and industry backgrounds. Our US attorneys add a deep understanding of US practice and culture, working with advisors who bring insight from their backgrounds in private industry, academia and government. All members work together in teams tailored for each project, so as to provide bespoke legal solutions to the matter at hand.

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Procurement

We cover both inbound and outbound IP filings - prosecuting patent, trademark, utility model and design applications in Korea, while also supporting the procurement of IP rights abroad. As one example, for Korean clients seeking US patents, our experienced attorneys work closely with trusted US firms to ensure high quality services, from preparing the English specification to patent grant. For US clients filing in Asia, we can act as the hub using our close network of trusted Asian law firms. Our services have been recognized by many clients as providing a seamless solution to the challenges presented by distance, language and culture.

 
Disputes

We are the leading practice in Korea for all manner of IP-related disputes, including civil and criminal proceedings, mediations, arbitrations, invalidation and scope confirmation actions at KIPO, Korea Trade Commission cases, and Korea Fair Trade Commission cases. Our Group also assists clients with US IP litigation, working with our network of trusted local firms to provide tailored legal services. Some of the work we have done in such cases include settlement negotiations, litigation discovery and strategy counseling. 

 
Consulting

We provide comprehensive IP consulting services, including the negotiation of licenses, strategic alliances, assignments and joint development projects. Our work in this area has also involved providing IP infringement and validity opinions, along with counseling on strategic IP procurement, management and enforcement.

 
Investigations

Our IP investigation services include prior art searches, freedom-to-operate investigations, and ownership/assignment investigations. Our team members have the capability of simultaneously conducting prior art searches in various languages, including Korean, Japanese, English and Chinese. This maximizes the efficiency of our work, assisting clients to accurately evaluate the IP landscape in the US or Korea.

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