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FirstLaw P. C.

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Chairman: C. Leon Kim
Managing Partners: Eun-Hwa Choi, Won-Joon Kim
Number of partners: 13
Number of lawyers: 56
Languages:Chinese, English, Japanese, Korea

Firm Overview:
FirstLaw P.C. is a law firm engaged primarily in the practice of IP law. Since its establishment in 1988, FirstLaw has grown rapidly to become one of the leading IP law firms in South Korea, representing major multinational corporations and domestic clients including government-run research organisations. By combining depth of education and experience with up-to-date knowledge of IP jurisprudences of various jurisdictions (gained through the firm’s long-term overseas education programs), FirstLaw’s attorneys provide clients with the most efficient IP services. FirstLaw specialises in providing strategic advice to clients to ensure success in every phase of their technology development, IP portfolio management and related business endeavors. Having diverse technical backgrounds and expertise in patent litigation, FirstLaw’s trial lawyers are proud to offer each client customised and efficient high-quality legal services in a cost effective manner.

Main Areas of Practice:

Electronics/IT:
4 partners, Seoul
The electronics/IT practice group concentrates on protecting the cutting-edge technologies of clients based on its diverse experience and in-depth knowledge. Group members possess expertise and a broad range of experience in the fields of semiconductor devices, display systems, wired/wireless communications, computer hardware and software, electronic control systems, electronic components, nanotechnology and online businesses, among others.
Key Clients: Intel; Microsoft; ebay; Nokia; Hewlett-Packard; Panasonic, Xiaomi; Alibaba
Contact: Won-Joon Kim
Tel:
+82 2 589 0031
Email: [email protected]

Chemical/Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology:
6 partners, Seoul
The chemical/pharmaceutical/biotechnology practice group performs various works associated with patent filing, prosecution, trial, litigation, licensing, and counselling in extensive chemistry-related areas including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, textile, agrochemical, food engineering, new materials and semiconductor manufacturing processes and materials.
Key Clients: 3M; General Electric; ExxonMobil; Roche; BASF; Merck; Pfizer; Nitto Denko
Contact: Eun-Hwa Choi
Tel: +82 2 589 0003
Email: [email protected]

Mechanical:
2 partners, Seoul
The mechanical practice group meets the needs of clients in a wide variety of technology areas including general mechanics, automotive and aeronautical instruments, mechatronics, control devices, measurement instruments, medical equipment, and nuclear power generators, to name a few.
Key Clients: Valeo; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; Procter & Gamble; Westinghouse Electric
Contact: Seong-Ku Jang
Tel: +82 2 589 0004
Email: [email protected]

Trademark/Design:
1 partner, Seoul
The trademark/design attorneys assist clients in the strategic selection, application, registration, management and enforcement of trademark, design and domain name rights in a cost-effective manner. The team also helps clients prevent third-party misappropriation of trademarks and names by opposing registration and seeking cancellations of existing registrations at the Korean Intellectual Property Office and before various national and regional patent and trademark offices under the Madrid Protocol.
Key Clients: Sunkist; Skechers; Mars; 7-Eleven; Korean Air
Contact: Jeong-Won Lee
Tel: +82 2 589 0242
Email: [email protected]

International Work:
Not limited to domestic cases, FirstLaw also develops global litigation strategies and co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional litigation in cooperation with outstanding lawyers in other countries with whom it has built close relationships for many years. Currently, FirstLaw is involved in cases for defending the validity of the client’s patent in the field of biotechnology in multiple jurisdictions and for defending a client accused for patent infringement before the USITC.