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Ho-young Lee Joined Lee International IP & Law Group

Issued: March 01 2012

Ho-young Lee has joined Lee International IP & Law Group as an attorney at law and patent attorney. He specializes in the field of litigation and alternative dispute resolution related to IP and licensing matters. Prior to joining Lee International, he worked as a patent attorney at Shinwon Patent & Law firm and Unis Patent Attorneys.

David YK Kim has joined Lee International IP & Law Group as a senior foreign legal consultant. He advises multinational and Korean clients on intellectual property matters and corporate matters such as mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, strategic alliances and finance. He has significant litigation and arbitration experience both in the United States and Korea. He previously worked as an attorney at Allen & Overy and Kim & Chang and as general counsel at Merrill Lynch in Korea.

Ropes & Gray has announced a move to Seoul following the ratification of the South Korea-United States Free Trade AgreementRopes & Gray joins a number of other US-based firms who have quickly announced plans to open in the South Korean capital. From its Seoul office, the firm will focus on intellectual property, antitrust, corporate transactions, life sciences and government investigations and anti-corruption regulations.

The firm has a long history of intellectual property work, including handling patent work for Henry Ford, technology companies including Motorola and biotech firms such as Genzyme. The office will be headed by partners William Yongkyun Kim, who chairs the firm’s Korea practice, and David Chun, an IP litigator.

Kim says the firm’s Korea team has more than 30 lawyers. “We have been eagerly anticipating the day when we could combine on-the-ground service with the extensive resources of the firm around the world,” said Kim. Ropes & Gray also has Asia offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. 

Ho-Hyun Nahm, lead partner at Barun IP & Law, was unanimously elected as president of the Korean Chapter of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). 

Nahm is a former member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology, a former President of Korea Trademark Association and a former Chairman of the Trademark Committee for the APAA. The APAA was founded in 1969 and is comprised of 2,400 members from 18 nations. Nahm said he would compose an executive body in which the experience is meticulously combined with spirit, and the capabilities with youth, and would serve for the association in joy in order to realize the association’s top ten objectives one by one.


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