Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is essentially a GP of IP, a true full-service IP firm with experts in every area of IP and every technology. A comprehensive approach to clients IP needs and Finnegan’s mega-boutique size underpin their year-to-year, decade-to-decade pre-eminence in IP litigation across all industries and tribunals.
From offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, Finnegan continues to be one of the world’s largest firms focusing on intellectual property law, practising all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, representing clients on IP issues relating to US and European patent and trademark law, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, cybersecurity, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition.
Finnegan offers full-service IP legal and technical experience in virtually every industry and technology: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics and biosimilars, combination products, chemicals, oil and gas, electronics, semiconductors, computers and software, FinTech, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, aerospace and aviation, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, food and beverage, outdoor recreation, sports and fitness, digital health, medical devices, clean energy and renewables, robotics, textiles, artificial intelligence (AI), and 3D printing.
More than 300 of Finnegan’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines (65+ hold PhDs), more than 230 are registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and more than 30 are former USPTO patent examiners.
Surveys conducted by legal and business publications rank Finnegan as one of the leading intellectual property law practices in the world. The firm is consistently ranked in the United States for contentious and prosecution trademark and patent work by publications including Managing Intellectual Property, Intellectual Asset Management, World Trademark Review, and The Legal 500, which has ranked Finnegan as a top tier firm in nearly every significant IP category since 2009. The publications cite the firm’s winning record, technical expertise and deep bench of talent in all aspects of IP litigation, including trials, appeals and proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office and US International Trade Commission investigations.
Yoon & Lee is an intellectual property (IP) law firm in Korea that provides a comprehensive range of services for IP rights as well as consultation services for the management and enforcement of IP rights. We are able to offer IP services optimized for the benefit of our clients through close cooperation and teamwork that maximizes the high levels of expertise and experience of our staff. We have one office based in Seoul.
Our corporate philosophy is to create strong trust-based relationships, which is reflected in the over 25-year relationships we have developed with major Korean companies. Our main values are sincerity, reliability, and harmony, which are reflected in our work practices. First, all staff members strive to increase their professionalism and work skills so that they are able to meet the ever changing technological advances as well as developments in the laws, policies, and legal cases in various jurisdictions. Second, we provide quick, accurate, and specialized services to satisfy our clients’ requests and protect their IP rights while solidifying trust and establishing long-term client relationships. Third, all our staff cooperate and work together actively to provide comprehensive services that benefit from their combined experience and skills.
Patents and Utility Models
Our main specialization is in patent and utility model prosecution, especially in the electronics and software, chemistry and bio-tech, and mechanical and mechatronics sectors. Our patent work is divided into four teams – telecommunication, standard patent, incoming/mechanics, and chemistry and bio-tech. One of our major strengths in the patent sector is our technical knowledge and expertise, and we have a high percentage of patent attorneys and technical specialists in comparison with general law firms and other IP law firms in Korea. In particular, we offer an efficient and effective combination of patent attorneys, including a partner patent attorney with an LLM degree from the USA and extensive practice career including substantial court cases before district courts and high courts as well as the patent court, and technical advisors with advanced degrees (Ph.D. and other post-graduate qualifications) in their specialist subjects, including electrical engineering, electronics, communications, computer science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and life sciences. Based on our strong technical knowledge, our specialists are often called to testify as expert witnesses in court cases.
Trademarks and Designs
For trademarks and designs, we have a tight-knit group that is able to provide excellent and individualized services to all clients. In particular we have very strong expertise on Korean trademark practices as the head of the team is a former trademark examiner at the Korea Intellectual Patent Office (KIPO). In addition, the team includes a US attorney, who is able to provide a global perspective and to meet the requirements and expectations of our international clients, and a Korean lawyer who has just joined the team to handle litigation matters. In comparison with some larger practices, one particular advantage is that all clients are dealt with by the most experienced professionals. The team provides a wide range of trademark and design services and acts for businesses in all market sectors. With our in-depth knowledge and experience of Korean trademark practices, we are able to examine applications in detail and provide advice on any potential issues for rejection to avoid costly office actions.
We have a wide range of clients both in terms of geographical distribution and industrial sector; these clients range from major international companies with established global operations to small- and medium-sized enterprises. Unlike in some larger practices, at our firm the most experienced professionals, rather than junior staff, handle all cases – all the partner patent attorneys continue to be involved in case work. The firm is able to work in Korean, English, and Japanese and provides translation services for these languages, as well as for all languages into/from Korean for both domestic and international clients. We place great emphasis on client satisfaction by providing quick, accurate, and specialised services to meet the individual requirements of clients and to build trust over the long term; this is reflected in the over 25-year long relationships that the firm enjoys with major Korean and foreign companies.
Our services include the following:
Patent and utility model application and registration services (Patent Treaty Applications), prior art searches, registrability searches
Trademark and design application and registration services (Madrid Protocol for trademarks/Hague Agreement for design applications), strategy planning, registrability searches, developing brand selection
Copyright registrations and unfair competition and anti-counterfeit measures
Cancellation and invalidation
Search and watching services
Licensing and franchising agreements, assignments for IP rights, technology valuation, technology transfer, contract assistance, cease and desist letters, settlement negotiations
Invention mining, providing diverse strategies for planning applications for IP rights, know-how management, maintaining registrations and renewals, and translation services.
Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners is an IP law firm providing a full range of services in all fields related to intellectual property. The firm consists of around 340 employees, including more than 170 IP attorneys and attorneys-at-law, working together to provide the firm’s full range of services to the full satisfaction of both domestic and overseas clients.
Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners has been often referred to as the largest IP law firm in Korea, but this is only one of the many ways to describe our firm. We have always strived to provide quality services to our clients. Since our inception in 1985, we have evolved and grown in size, but our motto of “Best Service to the Full Satisfaction of the Clients” has remained the same.
Comments from our foreign clients such as “The applications prepared by your firm are better than any other ones from Korea” and “We have no reservation in recommending your services to our clients” are among the most honorable accolades we have received.
Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners is dedicated to fully understanding the needs and concerns of our foreign clients, many being Fortune 500 companies. Providing a high quality prosecution service in order to obtain strong and effective IP protection for our foreign clients requires much more than simply overcoming language barriers. Our IP attorneys possess a wide range of legal expertise in various IP legal systems as well as in-depth knowledge of various technical fields, and they offer a dedicated service to meet the demanding challenges faced by each of our foreign clients.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE AND NETWORK
Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners annually handles around 7,100 overseas patent and trademark applications around the world through hundreds of our foreign associates. Our abundant experience of foreign prosecution and in-depth understanding of various foreign IP systems enable us to provide effective and reliable services to our numerous domestic and foreign clients.
FULL COVERAGE OF IP MATTERS
The spectrum of our service covers all aspects of intellectual property and technology. Our professionals’ knowledge and experience cover a wide range of technologies, such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, materials, chemistry, electrical engineering, mobile communications, nanotechnology, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, healthcare related technology, and so on. Highly experienced trademark attorneys also provide quality services for trademark cases.
In addition to our strong prosecution practice, for which we have been ranked as a top tier firm in Korea by several IP survey institutions, we are also active in technology and IP rights analysis, performing due diligence, IP consulting, licensing, IP portfolio management and more.
STRENTH IN IP DISPUTES
Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners provides well reputed service in IP dispute matters. In collaboration with Yulchon, a top tier litigation firm that we formed a strategic alliance with in 2008, our litigation team has handled a number of high profile IP dispute cases, including Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics, in Korea.
Members of Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners share a unified vision and the same values. One of our principal objectives is to serve our clients by establishing stable, reliable, and long-term relationships. Another is to understand and anticipate our clients’ needs and interests and to continuously enhance our services to fully satisfy every need of our clients.
Lee & Ko was founded in 1977 and is a premier full-service law firm in Korea. With more than 700 professionals organised into 40 specialist teams, Lee & Ko is consistently ranked in the top tier in most of its practice areas by international publications. Lee & Ko’s foreign and domestic clients benefit from its unequalled depth of resources, experience and professionalism.
With more than 100 seasoned attorneys and foreign legal counsels, Lee & Ko’s IP group delivers superior legal services focused on helping clients to navigate the complex legal landscape while meeting their specialised requirements with practical and effective solutions. The IP group is dedicated to the protection, transfer, counselling and enforcement of IP rights. With unrivalled experience in advising and representing clients in cross-border IP matters, the IP group has a global reach and is consistently ranked in top-tier categories for intellectual property by numerous global law firm evaluators, including the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IAM, WTR, and ManagingIntellectual Property.
Patent prosecution and patent office trials
The IP group assists clients in multiple industry sectors, including biotechnology, specialty chemicals, semiconductors, materials science, electronics, mechanical, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and computer software. The IP group’s patent attorneys have significant experience litigating before the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) in invalidity and scope confirmation actions and freedom-to-operate analysis. The breadth and scope of their experience allow the IP group’s patent attorneys to create robust patents by evaluating patent applications during preparation, filing and prosecution with a critical eye towards enforcement. The combined prosecution, transactional and litigation experience enables the IP group’s patent attorneys to ensure that clients develop valuable patent portfolios which offer the broadest protection while ensuring patent validity and enforceability.
Patent litigation, enforcement and dispute resolution
Success in any litigious matter can mean many things. However success is defined, the IP group produces results for its clients. The IP group understands that clients need a trial team with substantial technical and scientific knowledge, but also substantive knowledge of the law and the rules and procedures governing legal proceedings. Many of the IP group’s litigators have strong technology related backgrounds and skills which cover a wide range of technical fields. The IP group also includes litigators who were former judges specialising in IP law and IP cases while serving on the Supreme Court, the Patent Court or the Seoul High Court, as well as former examiners and administrative law judges from the KIPO. When criminal issues arise, the IP group works closely with attorneys in Lee & Ko’s white collar crime group who formerly served as public prosecutors. Complemented by insight received from senior lead litigators, many of whom have 20 to 30 years’ trial experience, and seasoned foreign legal counsels, the IP group is in a unique position to create an effective trial team that can provide comprehensive legal services framed by technical, strategic, judicial, administrative and international perspectives.
Patent development and counselling
The IP group assists clients in developing and deploying a portfolio of strategic IP assets. Beyond the knowledge of IP matters and underlying technology, the IP group is fully aware that a key component to the success of any client includes the strategic use and licensing of its IP portfolio. The IP group has unrivalled experience in negotiating licensing, distribution and joint venture agreements covering all areas of intellectual property. Besides licence negotiation and drafting, the IP group provides counselling for clients on licensing strategies, IP-related competition law issues and strategic product development and distribution.
Trademark prosecution and portfolio management
Lee & Ko offers strategic counselling, trademark prosecution and portfolio management services to clients around the world. Through its network of international law firms, Lee & Ko currently advises numerous multinational and Korean clients across various industries on trademark prosecution matters in more than 50 countries.
Lee & Ko has decades of trademark litigation experience before the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeals Board (IPTAB) and has successfully represented multinational clients as part of its worldwide campaigns involving a series of IPTAB actions. Lee & Ko provides positive results but also coordinates legal strategy with other disputes pending around the world.
Comprehensive judicial enforcement of trademark and related rights
Lee & Ko’s trademark team provides comprehensive enforcement solutions by integrating its investigations, enforcement and regulatory teams. Experienced Lee & Ko attorneys in both civil and criminal litigation formulate the best enforcement strategies tailored to each client’s unique circumstances and needs. Lee & Ko’s team works closely with its criminal practice team to instigate criminal proceedings when appropriate and to gather evidence that may be used to later establish civil liability and support any damages claims. This approach is critical because there is no practical means of civil discovery in Korea. Lee & Ko’s attorneys based in Korea, China and Vietnam provide monitoring services on the production and distribution of infringing goods and counterfeits in these countries and other nearby regions. Lee & Ko’s Chinese and Vietnamese lawyers also provide legal expertise in the relevant local laws.
Customs and border management
Lee & Ko’s trademark team is experienced in pursuing customs and border protection measures when appropriate. These may be pursued along with civil and criminal litigation under the Trademark Act and the Unfair Competition Act. Numerous Lee & Ko professionals have extensive experience working with the Korean customs authorities and former high-ranking officials who provide invaluable insight on this issue.
Lee & Ko’s highest priority is to build lasting relationships with clients by being responsive to each client’s specific needs. The firm has a well-earned reputation for successfully handling landmark matters in many of the most important transactions and cases involving business both in Korea and worldwide. Lee & Ko’s fully integrated team of legal experts – with specialties including tax, fair trade law, antitrust and competition matters, criminal enforcement and defence, as well as corporate practice – is well-suited to protect clients’ trademarks, brands and worldwide reputations.