South Korea

JUNGAN Bldg. 3rd Fl., 95 Seosomun-Ro
Seoul, 04516
South Korea

+82 2 753 5477

+82 2 753 7315

NAM & NAM dates back to the very beginnings of Korean IP. Founded in 1952 and located in the heart of Seoul’s historic center, we have been at the forefront of the Korean IP field throughout its history.

The NAM & NAM family includes over 180 professionals, including patent and trademark attorneys, attorneys-at-law, patent specialists, technology consultants, and administrative staff. One of our firm’s core strengths is in our representation of overseas multinational corporate clients in Korea, with staff being selected and trained with the specific needs of overseas clients in mind. We employ global experts from the US, the UK, Germany, Japan and China, which makes the firm truly international. 

We are thus uniquely positioned to draw on both the wealth of knowledge accumulated over our nearly 70-year history, as well as the world-class expertise of our professional staff, to act as a bridge between our clients and IP success in Korea, providing services that are specialized, innovative, and always of the highest quality.

This continuous pursuit of excellence is reflected in our motto, “PAVE the way for client success.”



NAM & NAM remains on the cutting edge of IP specialty in Korea, providing clients with the highest level of professional and ethical representation. The firm shines in flawless and dependable services, and in its strength and depth of legal counselling. The firm stands out for its distinctive focus on IP matters, with main areas of practice covering patents, utility models, trademarks, designs, trade secrets, copyright, and domain names.

NAM & NAM provides clients with the full spectrum of IP services including prosecution, post-grant proceedings, litigation, search & analysis, freedom to operate and designing around, and technology transfer contracts. Clients benefit from the balanced pool of attorneys having significant educational and technical knowledge in fields such as electric & electronics, physics, semiconductors & display, telecoms, computing & software, machinery, auto, materials, chemistry, bio & pharma, and food industries. Cases are assigned to the patent attorneys most suited to help, in accordance with the technical classification and nature of the legal issue. Litigation attorneys often collaborate with lawyers who were former district court and/or patent court judges.



NAM & NAM is accessible to clients whenever needed, putting clients’ interests above their own. By understanding the issues and pressures that clients face, the firm is able to assist whenever necessary. Communication skills at all levels are valued, and the unique Feedback System ensures that clients’ voices are heard and acted upon. Going the extra mile, the firm strives to understand the industries in which clients compete, and provides regular visits to clients abroad for on-site counsel, as well as encouraging strategic planning through sending regular information materials about Korean industry or IP related issues.



NAM & NAM not only offers a dedicated service, but adds value to IP rights to meet the demanding challenges faced by foreign clients. Instead of routinely prosecuting applications, the firm focuses on creating stronger and enforceable patents; and instead of simply awaiting instruction, takes the initiative to lead clients professionally. The firm’s long experience allows a broad perspective on how to maximize the strength of clients’ IP in the Korean territory, which, put together with a commitment to always being up-to-date with laws and court rulings, enables strategic tips to be offered to clients. The global experience of the firm’s attorneys ensures that NAM & NAM meets the global standard, while at the same time maintaining local expertise in Korea.



NAM & NAM is able to deliver significant cost savings through efficient working practices. As a system-oriented firm always pursuing consistency of expertise in resource-efficient ways, the firm implements numerous practices and processes which benefit clients alike, some of which being: ISO-certified work manuals; systematic work quality review procedure; advanced paperless system, supporting day-to-day operations of attorneys and clients; ongoing computerized library and database accumulation, providing translation concordance and work quality consistency; and in-house-developed error detection software, eradicating human translation errors.


Network Memberships: KPAA, APAA, INTA, KINPA, VPP, ABAA


Last updated 21st December 2020

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