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    • David Chun - Ropes & Gray LLP
    • Jong Han Kim - Paul Hastings LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP remains the top choice for leading domestic and foreign corporations seeking advice in all areas of intellectual property. Founding partners and co-heads David Chun and William Kim are actively involved in several complex IP disputes and are supported by a cross-border team of experts from multiple offices. Chun focuses on litigation for Korea’s biggest technology giants; he recently acted for CJ CheilJedang, along with New York-based Steven Pepe, in defending patent infringement claims brought by a competitor; they continue to represent the client in appeal. The main contact in the Seoul office, Kim has substantial experience in complex IP matters; he counts POSCO, LG Electronics USA, Samsung Display and Mando Corporation as clients.

Paul Hastings LLP handles significant volumes of IP filing and dispute work for pharmaceutics and electronic conglomerates; it counts Samsung as a long-standing client. Jong Han Kim is the key contact in the Seoul office, his expertise in handling complex multi-jurisdictional cases is particularly sought after by well-known Korean companies. Kim is defending Samsung against alleged violations of US federal and state laws arising from Samsung’s misappropriation of well-known footballer Pele’s identity in relation to a 2016 advertising promotion campaign on its new SUHD TV product line. A cross-border team is acting in defence of Samsung, Globalfoundries and Qualcomm against patent infringement charges brought by a leading professor at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology over the use of 14 nm FinFET devices found in integrated circuit chips.

From its multiple offices, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP expertly handles all areas of IP with notable strengths in licensing and contentious matters. Seong Kim is the main contact at the Seoul office; he has a strong track record in litigation and has recently represented clients in trade secret misappropriation claims. Recently promoted partner Nam Kim specialises in patent litigation and prosecution, and San Diego-based Steve Korniczky focuses on IP, patent and trade secret litigation. Korniczky acted as lead counsel in defending Samsung Display from allegations of infringements of patents relating to LCD backlighting technology, in a suit brought by Honeywell. Daniel Cho is recommended for preparation and prosecution of patents and has experience advising clients on IP-related issues in computer hardware and software, social media and consumer electronic devices.

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