Bae Kim & Lee

South Korea

Centropolis B, 26 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu
South Korea

Tel:+82 2340 40000

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Partner: Jihyun Kim

Quick facts:

Established: 1980
Number of Partners: 31
Number of IP Practitioners: Approx. 75
Languages: Korean, English, Mandarin, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Vietnamese, Burmese, Portuguese
Network Memberships: INTA, AIPPI, APPA, LES

BKL is one of the very few Korean law firms providing fully-integrated IP legal services and has steadfastly maintained such tradition since the inception of our practice in the 1990s. Our IP practice consists of prosecution, litigation and transactions involving all areas of IP. 


IP Litigation and Dispute Resolution:

With four prominent former judges specializing in IP on our team (Messrs. Taeck Soo Kwon, Myung Kyu Lee, Kijoong Kang and Junghi Park), BKL has one of the nation’s most renowned IP litigation/dispute resolution practices. Particularly strong in representing clients in the pharmaceutical and high-tech industries, the depth and prestige of our practitioners in this area has set us apart from other IP practices in Korea. Also included in this area is our trade secret practice which encompasses all aspects of litigation, investigation and legal compliance involving trade secrets, in both civil and criminal contexts. The key members of our trade secret practice team are Ms. Jihyun Kim and Mr. Tae Uk Kang, both of whom are also former judges.


IP Transactions:

BKL's IP transactions lawyers provide clients with deep and broad experience in negotiation of IP licence, due diligence, IP audits, and the development of IP portfolio strategies. Our transactional practice advises many of the market-leading companies in the entertainment & sports sectors in connection with IP licensing and technology transfers. Messrs. Mun Ki Nam, Tae Uk Kang and Ingi Min are partners specializing in IP transactions.


IP Prosecution:

As an integral part of our IP practice, our IP prosecution team has represented a number of multinational corporations from a wide range of technical fields, including engineering, electronics, manufacturing, and chemical/pharmaceutical/biomed. Collaboration between our patent prosecution attorneys and other BKL practice groups ensures provision of balanced and comprehensive legal services to our clients.

Practice Areas: Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Life sciences IP, Patent, Patent contentious, Patent prosecution, PTAB litigation, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution

Sector Expertise: Aerospace, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, Defence, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Financial services, FMCG, Food & beverage, Gaming, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Industrials, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Media, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Retail, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Transport, Utilities



Last updated 20 July 2021