Covington & Burling LLP

Intellectual Property: International Firms Department

South Korea
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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice, commended for its broad range of intellectual property services. Advises on patent enforcement cases as well as trade mark and copyright protection, serving clients in cross-border technology transactions for IT companies and automotive manufacturers in particular. Offers further expertise in online data security and privacy issues. Operates from its office in Seoul in conjunction with the disputes capabilities of its US offices. Has additional experience advising on transactional and advisory IP issues.

Strengths A client appreciates the high level of service provided by the team, saying: "They have been very responsive and proactive in attending to the client’s various needs." A further client affirms that team is "very detail-oriented, punctual and client-oriented."

Another interview notes: "They have a strong technical and legal background and are thought highly of by others, which makes patent negotiation meetings go smoothly and results in amicable settlement between parties."

Work highlights Represented Samsung Electronics in defence of a case alleging infringement of six patents related to computer power management patents.

Notable practitioners

Charles Kim (Chang Sik Kim) is "a leader in the Korean market and a great person," according to one source. He advises on a wide range of IP matters, including patent litigation and portfolio management. A client notes: "He has a great technical expertise. There is no doubt that his on-site service and seamless, timely communications are second to none."

Scott Schrader regularly acts on patent disputes and is especially active on patent infringement matters. A pleased client notes: "He has great drafting skills and a client-oriented manner, and he is a great negotiator."