South Korea: Foreign

Firms

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling undertakes complex patent litigation and international arbitration for South Korean clients from all sectors and produces “great quality work”; victories on behalf of Samsung Electronics in the US district courts and at the International Trade Commission (ITC) pay testament to this. Electrical engineer Scott Schrader has been on the ground in South Korea for three years, advising on dispute resolution and commercial IP issues. Special counsel Chang Sik Kim has a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Miami and dispenses well-thought-out advice on patent strategy, risk management, portfolio development, licensing and litigation.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 

A new office in Seoul is US legal leader Finnegan’s latest investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Its tightly knit team takes a customised approach to the full spectrum of US IP matters that its innovative clients encounter, which include long-term patron LG and as of recently, Coupang and Dorco. Finnegan has a rich winning tradition in the US district courts and the ITC, which makes it a compelling choice for must-win disputes. When he is not expertly representing South Korean interests in the US courts in utility and design patent disputes, Charles Suh can be found lecturing on patent litigation and prosecution to packed in-house audiences in both English and Korean.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers established a South Korean outpost in 2012 in order to better serve its local clients during US legal proceedings and to assist in the handling of big-ticket commercial transactions in the South Korean market itself. Since setting up shop, the firm has integrated itself into the local business and legal community and gained a reputation as being one of the most active, meticulous and reliable foreign legal offices in the country. The practice is chaired by Los Angeles-based partner Joseph Kim and ably supported locally by Youngwook Shin, whose training in the United States and South Korea makes him the perfect cross-cultural fit.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings has been active in Asia for decades and draws on profound knowledge about commerce and IP protection in the region. It was one of the first foreign firms to open for business in South Korea and has since had a steady diet of major corporate transactions and IP and antitrust litigation. Jong Han Kim chairs the Seoul office and focuses on US patent and trade secret litigation, in addition to international corporate deals. SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics are two industry leaders who rely on him for vital support.

Ropes & Gray LLP

An award-winning firm when it comes to IP practice in South Korea – and the first to establish a foreign legal consultant office in the country – Ropes & Gray is a natural choice for industry-leading innovators looking for patent advice. The ensemble undertakes substantial work for Samsung and many other global names, earning instructions on a repeat basis thanks to the quality and strategic perspicacity of its work. Much of its activity takes place in connection with US litigation about which David Chun knows a great deal. He is a founding partner of the Seoul office and a vital ally for South Korean businesses facing down their biggest competitors in the US courts.

Individuals

  • David Chun - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Chang Sik Kim - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Jong Han Kim - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Scott Schrader - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Charles H Suh - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP