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Work +82 2 737 8001-5
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www.kimandcho.com/eng

The firm

Founded in 1954, Kim & Cho is one of the oldest firms practising intellectual property law in Korea.

Since registering the first foreign patent in Korea, Kim & Cho has continuously provided a sound IP service to countless companies around the world.

The firm is comprised of an efficient and highly skilled staff, who possess the necessary knowledge and expertise to handle even the most complex cases.

Throughout its history, Kim & Cho has accumulated extensive knowledge and experience, which allows the firm to provide a high level of service that is personalised to address each of its client's needs. In addition, through continuous research and exchanges with various Korean and foreign law firms, the firm is able to share the latest information in the IP field. Such resources and support systems enable the firm to provide solid protection to its clients in this highly competitive world.

Clients include multinational companies in industries such as automotive, information technology, telecoms, fashion, finance, pharmaceuticals, and oil and gas - all of which are leaders in their respective fields.

Areas of practice

The firm's areas of practice include: trademark and patent prosecution; trademark and patent disputes; domain name disputes; anti-counterfeiting and enforcement; intellectual property litigation; copyrights; design rights; unfair competition; licensing and distribution; and searches.

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  • Myungkoo Kang
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  • Number of lawyers: 12+
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Member
  • INTA
  • APAA
  • AIPPI
  • USTA

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