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KIM, Jae Hoon

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Jae Hoon KIM

Patent Attorney

Jae Hoon KIM joined Lee & Ko in 1986 and practiced in the Corporate Practice Group for ten years. Mr. Kim then moved to head the IP Practice Group at Lee & Ko where he earned the reputation as a brilliant IP litigation strategist and was named as a top IP practitioner by numerous evaluators, including Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In 2013, Mr. Kim became the managing partner of Lee & Ko.


Throughout his professional career, Mr. Kim has been involved in a number of landmark cases. He was the lead counsel in a patent infringement lawsuit in connection with diaper-related patents, another landmark case where he successfully vitiated the largest damages ever claimed in Korea. He also represented multinational companies in patent litigations covering chemical, pharmaceutical, bio-technology, mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, and computer software industries.


Mr. Kim has advised and represented numerous foreign trademark owners in trademark disputes enforcing their trademark rights. He has also represented a number of famous musical artists, actors and actresses in copyright disputes enforcing musical copyrights and photo albums and foreign writers in disputes over publishing rights. In particular, he successfully represented a client in the first “functional drawing copyright” lawsuit in the history of Korean jurisprudence.


Mr. Kim’s in-depth experience in unfair competition covers a broad context, including trade secret misappropriation. He advised and represented a number of high-tech companies in cross-border trade secret misappropriation cases and assisted in establishing guidelines for trade secret protection. His enforcement strategies have also been proven effective against counterfeiters and cyber squatters in domain name disputes.


Mr. Kim is also an expert in IP licensing. He assisted numerous foreign licensors with patent, know-how, and trademark licensing matters. He represented clients in various industries, including fashion, sporting goods, and many others. He served as Vice-Chair for licensing and distribution committees of the International Bar Association, drafted Korean Fair Trade Commission guidelines for licensing, and authored “Experience and Practice of Regulating Industrial Property Licensing and Transfer of Technology Agreement in Relation to Promotion of Trade and Investment in the Republic of Korea” (WIPO-1993).


In particular, Mr. Kim’s experience in international franchises is unrivaled. He advised and represented franchisors in negotiations for international hotels, family restaurants, fast-food chains, and coffee franchises. He is a frequent lecturer at the International Franchise Lawyers Association and authored “Legislation and Regulation Relevant to Franchises in Korea” (IFLA-2003). Moreover, he is a lecturer at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of Korea and the International Intellectual Property Training Institute since 1993.

    Cornell Law School - LL.M.: 1992
    Judicial Research & Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea: 1983
    Seoul National University, College of Law - LL.B.: 1980
Work Experience
    Lee & Ko: 1986 – Present
    Presidential Council on National Competitiveness, Advisory Committee : 2008 – Present
    ICC Korea International Arbitration Committee: 2006 – Present
    Morrison & Foerster (NY): 1993
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius (LA): 1992
    Admitted to bar: Korea (1983)
    Admitted to the Korean patent bar (1994)
    Experience and Practice of Regulating Industrial Property Licensing and Transfer of Technology Agreement in Relation to Promotion of Trade and Investment in the Republic of Korea (WIPO-1993).
    Legislation and Regulation Relevant to Franchises in Korea (IFLA-2003).
    Evidence Gathering Mechanisms in Patent Infringement Actions in Korea (AIPLA-2006)
    Recent Developments In The Trademark Act In Korea (Asialaw-2008)
    Enforcement Of Rights Of Well-Known Marks Under Article 7(1)12 (MIP-2008)
    English, Japanese and Korean
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  • Awards and Recognitions
  • 2010-2014 Leading Lawyer (Chambers Asia, Legal 500, The Int’l Who’s Who Legal, Asia Law)