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Sang-Hyeok Im

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Shin & Kim (2009-Present); Member of the Viewers' Committee, Seoul Broadcasting System(SBS) (2016 - present); Director, Korea Intellectual Property Society(2016 - Present); Member of Administrative Appeals Committee, Korea Communications Commission(2016 - Present); Adjunct Professor, Yonsei University Law School(2016 - Present); Auditor, Korea Association For Informedia Law (2015-Present); Director of International Relations, Seoul Bar Association (2015-2016); Director of Legislation, Seoul Bar Association (2015); Member, Broadcasting Advertising Industry Revitalization Committee, Korea Communications Commission (2014-Present); Ombudsman, Korea Communications Commission (2014-present); Director, Korean Game Law And Policy Society (2014-Present); Lecturer, Korea University Law School (2013-Present); Member of Board, Seoul Institute of the Arts (2011–Present); Commissioner, Korean Copyright Commission (2011-2014); Judge, Experts Committee for Amendment to the Information and Communication Act, Korea Communications Commission (2009); Judge, Judging Committee for Selection of IPTV Service Providers Korea Communications Commission (2009); Attorney at Law , Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP, Los Angeles U.S.A. (2008); Director, Korea Entertainment Law Society (2006-Present); Auditor, Film Festival Cinema Digital Seoul (CinDi Seoul) (2006-2013); Attorney at Law/Patent Attorney, Lee International IP & Law Group, Seoul Korea (2003-2007).


Korean and English.


Korean Bar Association; Korea Patent Attorneys Association; Korean Society for Media Law, Ethics and Policy Research; Digital Content Forum of Korea; Korea Association for Cultural Economics.


Seoul National University School of Law(J.S.D. in intellectual Property Law)(2017); Seoul National University, Graduate School of Law (JSD in Copyright law, completed coursework) (2011); University of Southern California, Law School (LL.M., 2008); Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (2003); Sogang University, College of Law, Seoul, Korea (LL.B., 1996); Sogang University, Department of English Literature, Seoul, Korea (B.A., 1995).

South Korea: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms

Within: Intellectual property – Local firms

Shin & Kim has successfully represented Korean pharmaceutical companies including Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical and PMG Pharm in several significant patent disputes; the practice also advises clients in the food and drink, cosmetics, tech and financial sectors. Recent highlights include Ghyo-Sun Park and Bo Kyung Lim acting for Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corporation in the successful reversal of a Trial and Appeals Board's decision, enabling their client to launch a generic drug. Lim also successfully represented Oilily World and Lady M Confections in a licensing and trade mark infringement case. Commercial litigators Yong-Ho Moon and Yoon Hee Kim are experienced in handling trade mark disputes, while Sang-Hyeok Im is recommended for media and copyright-related matters.

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Shin & Kim

  • Essilor’s Proposed Combination with an Optical Lens Maker in Korea is Blocked

    In its press release on March 17, 2014, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (the "KFTC") blocked the proposed acquisition of 50% shares by Essilor Amera Investment Pte. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Essilor International S.A., the largest optical lens maker in the world) in Daemyung Optical Co., Ltd. (the second largest optical lens maker in Korea) citing inter alia the likely lessening effect on price competition and the probable future abuses of the enhanced market power. On top of the expressed competitive concerns, the KFTC observed that allowing foreign firms to acquire local firms and turn them into their local sub-contractors worsens the competitive market structure of the domestic optical lens industry.
    - Shin & Kim

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