FirstLaw PC is a leading Korean law firm specialising in all aspects of intellectual property – including patents, utility models, designs, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets, licensing and IP portfolio development and management. Our uncompromising commitment to providing the highest-quality services in a cost-effective manner is reflected in the recognition we receive from our clients, peers and international publications.
Established in 1988, FirstLaw has become synonymous with excellence in securing and enforcing IP and related rights in Korea. Our firm is regularly called upon to handle major legal projects and provide expert services in highly specialised areas. Around 80% of our clients are multinational foreign companies and the remaining 20% are domestic clients, including government-sponsored research organisations. Our firm has always strived to offer personalised services befitting each of our clients and has forged strong attorney-client relationships over several decades.
At present, FirstLaw has 54 IP professionals, including patent and trademark attorneys and trial lawyers, supported by about 120 engineers and staff members. To provide our clients with solutions from both local and international perspectives, FirstLaw’s professionals stay attuned to global IP trends by constantly studying recent developments in intellectual property worldwide. Our professionals include US attorneys, US patent agents, one Japanese patent attorney and one Chinese patent attorney, as well as attorneys who have completed degrees and secondments in the United States, Germany, Netherlands, France, China and Japan.
FirstLaw is organised into four practice groups, and a dedicated litigation group consisting of litigators with technical backgrounds.
Chemical practice group
The chemical practice group provides various services associated with patent filing, prosecution, trial, litigation, licensing and counselling in chemistry-related areas encompassing organic/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 specialised teams in charge of US, European, Japanese, Chinese and domestic clients whose appreciation is evident in the many longstanding relationships we enjoy with our clients.
Electronics/IT practice group
FirstLaw’s electronics/IT practice group focuses on using its diverse experience and in-depth knowledge to enforce and protect clients’ cutting-edge technologies. Members of the group possess expertise and a broad range of experience that enable them to adapt to the rapid technological development in fields including cryptocurrency, the Internet of Things, network security, artificial intelligence, semiconductor devices, display systems, wired/wireless communications, computer hardware and software, electronic control, electronic components and nanotechnologies. Domestic and international clients, including the world’s largest communication and electronics companies from Japan, China, the United States and Europe, have continued to show support and confidence for the services provided by the electronics/IT group.
Mechanical practice group
FirstLaw’s mechanical practice group meets the needs of clients in a wide variety of technology areas, embracing general mechanics, electrical vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, automotive, aeronautical instruments, mechatronics, control devices, measurement instruments, medical equipment and nuclear power generators. The group is proud to have patent attorneys and specialists with many years of practical experience handling patent prosecutions, trials and litigations after earning advanced technical degrees at the nation’s most respected universities and acquiring in-depth field experience in highly reputed companies. Members of the group provide top-quality service and consequently 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 gained the undivided confidence of the biggest names in apparel, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, IT, food and beverage, and entertainment, with services often commencing from the early business stages, through advice on advertising and brand management strategies, and leading to trademark and design registration and licensing strategy implementation.
FirstLaw’s litigation group is proud to provide high-quality, cost-effective legal services that are customised for each client, based on its cooperation with the FirstLaw patent groups. Clients benefit from the accumulated knowledge and experience gained by our attorneys while successfully representing numerous multinational clients across a wide range of industries and technologies, as well as the added expertise and fluency of our patent groups, which enables us to truly tailor our advocacy to each client.