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South Korea’s Patent Court Former Judge Joins Yoon & Yang

Issued: April 30 2018

Dongju Kwon, a former judge at South Korea’s patent court, has joined Yoon & Yang’s intellectual property practice group as a partner. Kwon is well-known for being one of few IP experts among South Korean judges. He brings profound legal knowledge and experience to the firm with his 18-year tenure in South Korean courts, where he served as a judicial researcher at the IP team of the Supreme Court of Korea, a member of the Task Force for Research on Justification of Patent Lawsuit under the Office of Court Administration of Korea, head of the IP Team of the International Rules Society of the Supreme Court of Korea, and most recently a judge at the Patent Court of Korea. Kwon authored numerous articles on important patent and trademark issues in Korea and in the US, among which include Analysis of Case Precedents on Determination Standards for Non-obviousness regarding Crystalline Form Medical Inventions and Interpretation of the Trademark Act. While serving as a judge, he also served as a South Korean government delegate to WIPO’s Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) meeting and the Vienna Conference of the UNCITRAL Working Group II and as a member of the Task Force for the International Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Korea.


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