Our objective is to provide a service which genuinely adds value to your business. We do this by thoroughly understanding your business and by leveraging our knowledge of the local laws and market. We have the connections and will tell you the things you really need to know about protecting your intellectual property and doing business in Korea.

IP Prosecution

IP Prosecution is our core practice area, and we excel at it. Our attorneys are experienced practitioners in the areas of patents, utility models, trademarks, designs and copyright and will guide you through the process of applying for and registering your IP rights. Korea is one of the world’s most interesting and attractive markets for owners of IP, but the process of obtaining IP protection in Korea can be tricky, even more so for applicants from overseas. Selecting the right attorney may therefore be the most important decision in this process. Our attorneys are trained with the specific needs of overseas clients in mind, and we are confident that we can provide all of our clients with the level of service they are used to from the top law firms in their home countries.

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IP Research & Analysis

Our IP Research & Analysis services include patent landscape reports, freedom-to-operate reports, infringement analyses, design-around reports, patent mining reports, pre-litigation searches, pre-invalidation searches and trademark clearance searches. Our attorneys have world-class experience in IP Research & Analysis, including heading a patent mining project for a Korean multinational electronics company, which led to a successful conclusion of litigation filed by a well-known NPE. We have also led several projects of Korean governmental organizations aimed at preparing Korean SMEs for patent activities overseas. We can search and analyze patent documents in Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English.

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IP Management

Our IP Management services include payment of annuity and renewal fees and recording assignments, licenses, changes of name or address and the like for IP assets. We can take on big projects that arise, for example, when a big IP portfolio changes hands in an M&A deal.

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IP Enforcement

Our IP Enforcement practice covers all actions that can be filed before the Korean Intellectual Property Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Tribunal, including oppositions, cancellation trials and invalidation trials. In addition, we have great expertise in the area of anti-counterfeiting and can set up an effective anti-counterfeiting program to suit a client’s budget. Our anti-counterfeiting services include customs monitoring, online and offline market sweeps and conducting raids of factories, wholesale markets and retail outlets. We leverage our good relationships with the police and public prosecutors to achieve the desired outcome.

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IP Finance

Simply retaining intellectual property is not enough. IP rights are assets that should be used to generate cash flow and profits. Our IP Finance practice broadly covers three areas: Generating funding for securing intellectual property rights for viable inventions, valuation of IP assets and creating models for monetization of IP assets. We have a close association with V PARTNERS, a financial advisory firm.

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Market Entry

Language and culture aside, Korea can be a tricky and idiosyncratic market in which western norms and values do not apply. We will advise you through the process of establishing your business entity in Korea so that you can get things right from the start.

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Commercial Agreements

Korea is a relatively new market. We act for clients as wide ranging as those in the alcohol industry to sports marketing. We advise on all types of commercial agreements including joint ventures, franchising, licensing matters and distribution. Our aim is to try to get you the best possible deal.

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