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Ann Nam-Yeon KWON Patent Attorney

Ann Nam-Yeon KWON Patent Attorney
Ann Nam-Yeon KWON Patent Attorney

Ann Nam-Yeon KWONPatent Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1172F.+82-2-2122-3800E.nykwon@kimchang.com

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Overview

Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon is a senior trademark attorney at Kim & Chang. She is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property, Trademark, Copyright, and Design Practices.

Ms. Kwon has managed and advised on a vast number of trademark portfolios for various global and international companies for 27 years. 

She is an energetic and effective leader who creates a working environment in which her teams can develop and produce winning results.

She provides creative strategies for her clients, and in doing so, is a pioneer in her field, contributing in the development of new case law and enforcing her clients' intellectual property rights in Korea.

She has a deep and thorough understanding of her clients' various businesses and industries, which allows her to provide practical advice.

In addition, she is active in various IP related organizations such as KOTA and AIPPI in Korea. She frequently submits opinions and participates as a board member of such organizations.

Ms. Kwon was a member of the Korean Intellectual Property Office's Geographical Indications Protection Strategy Committee in 2002 and Committee on Amendments to the Trademark and Design Acts in 2000. Additionally, Ms. Kwon was a member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the Asia Patent Attorney Association from 2003 to 2009. She is currently a vice-chairman of board for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and also a member of the Korean Trademark and Design Association and Intellectual Property Rights Dispute Resolution Committee (KOIPA).

Ms. Kwon has also participated in the Committee on Amendment to the Trademark and Design Acts and the Geographical Indications Protection Strategy Committee of the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

In addition, Ms. Kwon has received various awards and recognitions for her IP-related expertise by global media. To highlight some of her accomplishments, She has been honored as an "Trademark Star" in MIP IP Stars by Euromoney (2014-2021), as a "Leading Attorney" by Who's Who Legal (2016, 2021), as a "Powerful Women in IP" by WIPF(2021), and as a "Recognized/Noted Practitioner" in Chambers Asia-Pacific by Chambers and Partners (2014-2018).

She has co-authored various publications, including "Hermès Successfully Protects Rights in Design of Birkin and Kelly Bags" (World Trademark Review Daily) and "Recent Patent Court Judgments on the Similarity of Trademarks as a Whole" (IP Review).

Ms. Kwon received her B.A. in English Literature from Yonsei University in 1987 and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1995. She is admitted to the Korean Patent Bar.

Profile

Experience

Intellectual Property Rights Dispute Resolution Committee (KOIPA) (2021-Present)

Vice-chairman of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (2021-Present)

Director of Board, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (2011-2020) 

Director of Korean Trademark and Design Association (2010-Present) 

Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, Asia Patent Attorney Association (2003-2009) 

Geographical Indications Protection Strategy Committee, Korean Intellectual Property Office (2002) 

Committee on Amendment to the Trademark and Design Acts, Korean Intellectual Property Office (2000) 

Kim & Chang (1991-Present)

Representative MattersView All

  • Represented a global fashion company against a local manufacturing company for violating the new catch-all provision of the Korean Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (UCPA) 
  • Represented a famous sporting goods company against a manufacturer in the business of refinishing and reselling original products. This case is significant because the Korean court rendered that the use of the original trademarks on such “lost” or “refinished” products by the refinisher constitutes infringement of the trademark rights of the original manufacturer, in contrast with other jurisdictions such as the US

Representative ActivitiesView All

Awards

  • Leading Practitioner, Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (Expert Guides, 2020-2021)
  • Leading Attorney, Who’s Who Legal: Intellectual Property, Trademarks (Law Business Research, Who's Who Legal, 2016, 2021)
  • Top 250 Women in IP, MIP IP Stars (Euromoney, 2021)
  • Trademark Star, MIP IP Stars (Euromoney, 2014-2021)
  • Powerful Women in IP (WIPF, 2021)
  • The World's Leading Trademark Professional (World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, 2021)
  • Influential Women in IP (WIPR, 2020)
  • Leading Trademark Practitioner, World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (Globe BMG, 2012-2018, 2020)
  • Other Noted Practitioner, Chambers Asia-Pacific (Chambers and Partners, 2015-2018)
  • Other Noted Practitioner, Chambers Global (Chambers and Partners, 2015, 2017-2018)
  • Leading Practitioner, Expert Guides: World's Leading Women in Business Law (Euromoney, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  • Leading Trademark Practitioner, Expert Guides: World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners (Euromoney, 2014, 2016)
  • Recognized Practitioner, Chambers Asia-Pacific (Chambers and Partners, 2014)
  • Recommended Lawyer, PLC Which lawyer? (Practical Law, 2011-2012)

Publications/Activities
    • P&G's PITERA mark is famous, says Patent Court (Co-author, World Trademark Review, 2021)
    • Victory for Hermès as court rules that teaching how to fabricate fakes may constitute unfair competitive act (Co-author, World Trademark Review Daily, 2020)
    • Landmark Supreme Court decision applies catch-all provision to sale of luxury goods (Co-author, World Trademark Review Daily, 2020)
    • Significant Increase in Non-use Cancellation Actions (Co-author, International Law Office, 2018) 
    • Patent Act amended to implement Patent Law Treaty, ILO Intellectual Property Newsletter (Co-author, 2015)
    • Hermès Successfully Protects Rights in Design of Birkin and Kelly Bags (Co-author, World Trademark Review Daily, 2015)
    • Speaker, “Transshipment Issues in Asia,” International Trademark Association’s Anticounterfeiting Conference in Hong Kong (2010)
    • Recent Patent Court Judgments on the Similarity of Trademark as a Whole, IP Review 2007 (Co-author, 2007)
    • The Similarity of Trademark as a Whole, IP Review 2007 (Co-author, 2007)

Education

UC Berkeley School of Law (Visiting Scholar, 1995)

College of Liberal Arts, Yonsei University (B.A., English Literature, 1987)

Qualifications

Admitted to patent bar, Korea, 1991

Languages

Korean and English

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Ann Nam-Yeon KWON
Patent Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-1172      
F. +82-2-2122-3800
     


  




Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon is a senior trademark attorney at Kim & Chang. She is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property, Trademark, Copyright, and Design Practices.

Ms. Kwon has managed and advised on a vast number of trademark portfolios for various global and international companies for 27 years. 

She is an energetic and effective leader who creates a working environment in which her teams can develop and produce winning results.

She provides creative strategies for her clients, and in doing so, is a pioneer in her field, contributing in the development of new case law and enforcing her clients' intellectual property rights in Korea.

She has a deep and thorough understanding of her clients' various businesses and industries, which allows her to provide practical advice.

In addition, she is active in various IP related organizations such as KOTA and AIPPI in Korea. She frequently submits opinions and participates as a board member of such organizations.

Ms. Kwon was a member of the Korean Intellectual Property Office's Geographical Indications Protection Strategy Committee in 2002 and Committee on Amendments to the Trademark and Design Acts in 2000. Additionally, Ms. Kwon was a member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the Asia Patent Attorney Association from 2003 to 2009. She is currently a vice-chairman of board for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and also a member of the Korean Trademark and Design Association and Intellectual Property Rights Dispute Resolution Committee (KOIPA).

Ms. Kwon has also participated in the Committee on Amendment to the Trademark and Design Acts and the Geographical Indications Protection Strategy Committee of the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

In addition, Ms. Kwon has received various awards and recognitions for her IP-related expertise by global media. To highlight some of her accomplishments, She has been honored as an "Trademark Star" in MIP IP Stars by Euromoney (2014-2021), as a "Leading Attorney" by Who's Who Legal (2016, 2021), as a "Powerful Women in IP" by WIPF(2021), and as a "Recognized/Noted Practitioner" in Chambers Asia-Pacific by Chambers and Partners (2014-2018).

She has co-authored various publications, including "Hermès Successfully Protects Rights in Design of Birkin and Kelly Bags" (World Trademark Review Daily) and "Recent Patent Court Judgments on the Similarity of Trademarks as a Whole" (IP Review).

Ms. Kwon received her B.A. in English Literature from Yonsei University in 1987 and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1995. She is admitted to the Korean Patent Bar.






    Intellectual Property Rights Dispute Resolution Committee (KOIPA) (2021-Present)

    Vice-chairman of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (2021-Present)

    Director of Board, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (2011-2020) 

    Director of Korean Trademark and Design Association (2010-Present) 

    Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, Asia Patent Attorney Association (2003-2009) 

    Geographical Indications Protection Strategy Committee, Korean Intellectual Property Office (2002) 

    Committee on Amendment to the Trademark and Design Acts, Korean Intellectual Property Office (2000) 

    Kim & Chang (1991-Present)






  •   Represented a global fashion company against a local manufacturing company for violating the new catch-all provision of the Korean Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (UCPA) 
  •   Represented a famous sporting goods company against a manufacturer in the business of refinishing and reselling original products. This case is significant because the Korean court rendered that the use of the original trademarks on such “lost” or “refinished” products by the refinisher constitutes infringement of the trademark rights of the original manufacturer, in contrast with other jurisdictions such as the US





Awards

  •   Leading Practitioner, Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (Expert Guides, 2020-2021)
  •   Leading Attorney, Who’s Who Legal: Intellectual Property, Trademarks (Law Business Research, Who's Who Legal, 2016, 2021)
  •   Top 250 Women in IP, MIP IP Stars (Euromoney, 2021)
  •   Trademark Star, MIP IP Stars (Euromoney, 2014-2021)
  •   Powerful Women in IP (WIPF, 2021)
  •   The World's Leading Trademark Professional (World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, 2021)
  •   Influential Women in IP (WIPR, 2020)
  •   Leading Trademark Practitioner, World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (Globe BMG, 2012-2018, 2020)
  •   Other Noted Practitioner, Chambers Asia-Pacific (Chambers and Partners, 2015-2018)
  •   Other Noted Practitioner, Chambers Global (Chambers and Partners, 2015, 2017-2018)
  •   Leading Practitioner, Expert Guides: World's Leading Women in Business Law (Euromoney, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  •   Leading Trademark Practitioner, Expert Guides: World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners (Euromoney, 2014, 2016)
  •   Recognized Practitioner, Chambers Asia-Pacific (Chambers and Partners, 2014)
  •   Recommended Lawyer, PLC Which lawyer? (Practical Law, 2011-2012)

Publications/Activities

  •   P&G's PITERA mark is famous, says Patent Court (Co-author, World Trademark Review, 2021)
  •   Victory for Hermès as court rules that teaching how to fabricate fakes may constitute unfair competitive act (Co-author, World Trademark Review Daily, 2020)
  •   Landmark Supreme Court decision applies catch-all provision to sale of luxury goods (Co-author, World Trademark Review Daily, 2020)
  •   Significant Increase in Non-use Cancellation Actions (Co-author, International Law Office, 2018) 
  •   Patent Act amended to implement Patent Law Treaty, ILO Intellectual Property Newsletter (Co-author, 2015)
  •   Hermès Successfully Protects Rights in Design of Birkin and Kelly Bags (Co-author, World Trademark Review Daily, 2015)
  •   Speaker, “Transshipment Issues in Asia,” International Trademark Association’s Anticounterfeiting Conference in Hong Kong (2010)
  •   Recent Patent Court Judgments on the Similarity of Trademark as a Whole, IP Review 2007 (Co-author, 2007)
  •   The Similarity of Trademark as a Whole, IP Review 2007 (Co-author, 2007)





Education

    UC Berkeley School of Law (Visiting Scholar, 1995)

    College of Liberal Arts, Yonsei University (B.A., English Literature, 1987)


Qualifications

    Admitted to patent bar, Korea, 1991


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Trademark ,  Copyright ,  Intellectual Property ,  US ,  Design