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Kum Uk Lee

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Kum-Uk Lee joined Kim & Chang in 2011 and is a patent attorney in the firm's Electrical/Software Practice. He received his BS in Electronics (1990) from Yonsei University, and MBA (2007) from the University of Iowa.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Lee served as a Patent Examiner at the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) from 1994 to 2004, an Administrative Patent Judge in the Intellectual Property Tribunal of KIPO from 2004 to 2007, and a Technical Examiner at the Patent Court of Korea from 2008 to 2009. His final post was as the Trial Policy Director of the Intellectual Property Tribunal of KIPO. His practice focuses on a wide range of intellectual property matters, with emphasis on patent prosecution, enforcement, and litigation in the electrical and electronic engineering fields.


Korean and English


Admitted as Korean Patent & Trademark Attorney (1999)


University of Iowa, Business School (M.B.A., 2007)
Yonsei University (B.S., Electronics, 1990)

South Korea: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms

Within: Intellectual property – Local firms

Jay Young-June Yang leads Kim & Chang’s substantial and prominent IP practice, which remains the ‘top-choice’ for international pharmaceutical companies and international brands; the practice is well known for its strength in litigation and in a recent landmark case, Bo Hyun Park and Duck Soon Chang successfully defended Astellas Pharma against challenges to the patent term extension, the first Korean case in which the court issued specific guidance regarding the proper calculation method for determining the PTE term. Young Kim has an impressive track record in pharmaceutical patent litigation; she and Yu-Seog Won have defended one of Pfizer’s top-selling drugs, Lyrica, in various patent actions against generic companies. Sang-Wook Han is experienced in advising Japanese clients. For trade mark and design matters, Sung-Nam Kim, Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon, Angela Kim and John J Kim all have substantial experience in prosecution, enforcement and portfolio management. In patent litigation, Jong Seok Kim, Bong Seop Kim and Kum Uk Lee successfully represented AT Solutions in invalidating the patents of a competitor.

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