Lee & Ko
Hanjin Building 63
Young Mo Kwon, a partner at Lee & Ko, is recognized as one of the leading IP trial lawyers in Korea with a wealth of experience to back his reputation and a solid technical background making him more unique and distinctive among other IP practitioners. Since starting his practice in 1987, he has focused on the enforcement of IP rights with a particular emphasis on patents and technology licensing.
Mr. Kwon’s extensive representation of multinational and domestic corporations covers all major technical fields including electrical, mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical, bio, computer and other industries. Most notably, he successfully defended one of the largest Korean conglomerates in a landmark case, initiated by a global corporation (in Korea and in the U.S.) alleging infringement of a patent for polyester tire code. In addition, he successfully defended one of the largest biogenetics companies in a claim of infringement of a genetic engineering patent for BGH, which is the first biogenetics case ever filed before Korean courts. His success record continues with his defense of the largest corporate group in Korea in a claim of infringement of a patent for a drilling ship device for multi-tasking exploratory or developmental drilling and his defense of a medium-sized Korean company in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation brought by a global semiconductor probe card manufacturer in connection with semiconductor probe card assembly, where his victory created a favorable outcome in other jurisdictions.
He has been awarded with many accolades in Chambers Asia, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, AsiaLaw and Who’s Who Legal for his involvement in many of Korea’s most critical precedents and notable cases.
Patents Law Practice:
Lee & Ko’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group is one of the largest and prominent IP practices in Korea comprised of IP litigators, patent attorneys, patent engineers, trademark paralegals and support staffs. Uniquely, Lee & Ko’s IP Group boasts of having as its members IP litigators with degrees covering broad spectrum of technical fields such as electric/electronic, chemical, pharmaceutical, genetic/bio, mechanical, telecommunications, computer software, and semiconductor. In addition to the sound technical background, the Group includes former judges specialized in IP laws at Supreme Court, Patent Court, or Seoul High Court, and former examiners and administrative law judges at the Korean Intellectual Property Office.
Within the Group are specialty practice teams comprising of our attorneys optimally organized to utilize each member’s technical and legal expertise : Electrical / Electronics Practice Team, Chemical Practice Team, Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Practice Team, Mechanical Practice Team, Trademark/Unfair Competition Practice Team, Copyright Practice Team, Sports & Entertainment Practice Team, and Franchise Practice Team. Powered by such strategic organization, our Group offers a full range of legal services relating to all IP areas including patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, copyright, design, utility model, domain name, licensing, franchise, and sports & entertainment. In addition to the Group’s expertise in counseling IP matters, the Group successfully represented clients before various courts, Korean Intellectual Property Office, Intellectual Property Tribunal, Korean Trade Commission, prosecutors’ offices, and customs offices, as well as relevant authorities in other jurisdictions.
Lee & Ko:
Lee & Ko’s evolution as the premier law firm in Korea parallels in many ways the solid economic development of the country for more than 30 years following its founding in 1977, and has firmly established its leading position among the largest law firms in Korea. Our firm is constantly recognized for its excellence occupying top spots in many league tables and recognized in internationally respected legal publications for all of its major practice areas. We are proud for our steady advances in prominence and size.
At Lee & Ko, our principal objective is simply to provide the highest level of quality legal services for our clients, and each and every one of our lawyers relentlessly works toward achieving this goal. Our clients retain Lee & Ko for our expertise and full-service capabilities, which is of key importance for sophisticated global transactions. We are proud of our distinguished lawyers as they are the most respected and renown experts in their practice areas dealing with a wide array of domestic and multinational clientele in most notable high-profile and cutting edge cases. A significant number of our distinguished lawyers have served as judges and prosecutors, and have held prominent high-level positions with the government. In addition, our former high-level government officials serve as distinguished advisors providing invaluable insight and guidance from decades of specialized experience. Our distinguished lawyers in the profession provide progressive, strategic, innovative and solution-oriented legal counsel, and the most accurate and cost-efficient legal services in a timely manner.