Intellectual property: foreign firms in South Korea

Ropes & Gray LLP

As one of a handful of international firms with strong IP practices in the Korean market, Ropes & Gray LLP continues to be renowned for its patent enforcement work in the technology sector, representing the likes of Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and CJ CheilJedang. Focusing on the technology, health care and manufacturing sectors, David Chun is among Korea’s most prominent patent litigators, and also acts in trade secret misappropriation, licensing and copyright infringements. William Kim chairs the Seoul office and is another the key contact for transactional IP matters.

Practice head(s):

David Chun; William Kim


‘Practical, client-oriented and hands-on advice’

Key clients

CJ CheilJedang

Global OLED Technology

Hanwha Group

LG Electronics

LINE Corporation



Samsung Electronics

Seoul Semiconductor


Covington & Burling LLP

Specialising in patent infringement litigation, Scott Schrader is the lead partner for this line of work at Covington & Burling LLP Seoul’s office, acting primarily on issues regarding imports of allegedly infringing goods to the United States, and litigation involving mechanical engineering and computer software.

Practice head(s):

Scott Schrader

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s offering is led by Daniel Lee, an all-round transactional IP specialist who also takes on a significant number of patent litigation cases. Combined with the firms’ global presence and his IT and technology expertise gained in-house at IBM Korea, Lee advises on cybersecurity, cross-border IP-led transactions, prosecution and enforcement, IP litigation and administrative actions.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Lee

Paul Hastings LLP

Led out of its Los Angeles office, Paul Hastings LLPJong Han Kim handles patent infringement, trade secret issues and IP litigation on behalf of Korean electronics manufacturers, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods companies. With a wide network of international offices, the firm is well-equipped to lead and coordinate high-value multijurisdictional litigation. Lead Seoul-based associate, Charles Shin is handles disputes work, both in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Jong Han Kim

Other key lawyers:

Charles Shin

Key clients

Kolon Industries

Samsung Electronics

KCC Corporation

Korean Air

LG Display

Work highlights

  • Defending Samsung in a complex, multi-faceted intellectual property dispute, involving claims for patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation under US  state and federal law.
  • Defending Samsung against patent infringement allegations filed by Garrity Power Services (GPS) in the Eastern District of Texas regarding technology that allows mobile phones and tablets to charge other mobile devices wirelessly.
  • Defending Samsung in a high-stakes matter by Elm 3DS, involving thirteen patents and targeting Samsung’s market-leading three-dimensional memory chips found in a wide-range of consumer products, including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, among others.