FirstLaw PC is a law firm engaged primarily in the practice of IP law. Its practice encompasses all aspects of patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets, licensing, IP portfolio development and management and other IP-related areas. Around 80% of clients are multinational foreign companies and the remaining 20% are domestic clients, including government-run research organisations.
The firm was established in 1988. Since then, FirstLaw has grown to become one of the leading IP law firms actively involved in securing and enforcing IP and related rights in Korea. Over the years, FirstLaw has been called on to handle major legal projects and provide expert services in highly specialised areas. As always, FirstLaw has continued to strive to offer personalised services while maintaining close and trusted attorney-client working relationships.
At present, FirstLaw has about 60 IP professionals, including patent and trademark attorneys and trial lawyers, supported by about 120 engineers and staff members. In line with the globalising trend in patent examination and enforcement, FirstLaw’s professionals endeavour to protect clients’ rights effectively by constantly studying recent developments of patent law and practice worldwide through, for example, long-term overseas education programmes.
The patent and trademark practice group of FirstLaw is divided into four divisions.
Chemical practice group
The chemical practice group provides various services associated with patent filing, prosecution, trial, litigation, licensing and counselling in extensive chemistry-related areas encompassing organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, textiles, agrochemicals, food engineering, new materials and semiconductor manufacturing processes and materials. Its competent professionals efficiently provide outstanding legal services by virtue of accumulated technical knowledge, information pooling and extensive practice experience. The chemical practice group has several specialised teams in charge of US, European, Japanese, Chinese and domestic clients. Its patent attorneys and technical specialists are appreciated by their clients for handling their work promptly and accurately.
Electronics/IT practice group
The electronics and IT area changes constantly and rapidly in line with technological development. FirstLaw’s electronics/IT practice group concentrates on using its diverse experience and in-depth knowledge to protect clients’ cutting-edge technologies. Members of the group possess expertise and a broad range of experience in fields including semiconductor devices, display systems, wired/wireless communications, computer hardware and software, electronic control, electronic components, nanotechnologies and internet business. The group takes pride in providing unmatched services in filing, registering and managing IP rights; technology transfers and licensing; enforcement of registered and unregistered rights; establishment of patent portfolios; and IP-related trials and litigations. Domestic and international clients, including the world’s largest communication and electronics companies from Japan, China, the United States and Europe, have shown the firm their continued support and confidence for the services provided by the members of the group.
Mechanical practice group
FirstLaw’s mechanical practice group meets the needs of clients in a wide variety of technology areas, including general mechanics, automotive, aeronautical instruments, mechatronics, control devices, measurement instruments, medical equipment and nuclear power generators. The group is proud to have patent attorneys and specialists who have gained many years of practical experience handling patent prosecutions, trials and litigations after earning advanced technical degrees at the nation’s most highly respected universities and acquiring in-depth field experience in highly reputed companies. Members of the group provide best-quality service, optimised for each client. Consequently, they enjoy the continued support and confidence of diverse clients.
Trademark/design practice group
The trademark/design practice group of FirstLaw provides various trademark and design-related services ranging from trademark and design selection, application, registration, opposition and litigation to counselling regarding domain names and dispute resolution. Members of the group have also gained the undivided confidence of clients for their prompt and accurate services encompassing the development of advertising and brand management strategies, trademark and design registration and licensing strategy establishment, and trademark risk assessment analysis from the initial business stage.
FirstLaw’s litigation group is proud to provide each client with customised, high-quality and efficient legal services with minimum cost based on its cooperation with the FirstLaw patent groups. Through such close cooperation, clients benefit by acquiring great access to attorneys who have years of experience working in premier Korean law firms and have a great depth of knowledge across a wide range of industries and technologies.