2016 Asia Pacific Legal Guide

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YOU ME Patent & Law Firm was established in 1981 and is now currently one of the largest IP firms in Korea with over 34 partners, 54 associates, and 170 engineers and administrative staff. We spoke to David Hunjoon Kim, Partner at YOU ME, to find out more about their firm, and how they have grown to become leaders in their industry.

At our firm, we cover the broad areas of patents, trademarks, licensing, and litigation. Within these fields, we provide ancillary specialist expertise, such as advanced IP searches, evaluations of technology, and portfolio management. All of these services combined allow us to meet our clients’ demands with respect to protecting their IP both domestically and abroad. As such, our IP protection capabilities cover over 50 patent jurisdictions and 160 for trademarks.

Since the inception of our firm 34 years ago, we have grown to become one of the leading IP firms in Korea. We take pride in this achievement and continue to reflect the high standards demanded by our clients into our work. By establishing innovative partnerships internally and externally, we are able to provide efficient and effective IP services, and more importantly, we continue to push our boundaries so that we can adjust our expertise and services with the changing times.

We believe that there are a number reasons behind our position as leaders in our industry. Our main strengths currently lie in patent and trademark prosecution work, and we are repeatedly recognised as one of the leading firms for prosecution in Korea by reputable IP publishing companies. In total, we file and prosecute more than 4,000 patent and 2,000 trademark applications annually before the Korean Intellectual Property Office for both domestic and international clients. Moreover, we also manage more than 3,000 corresponding patent and 1,000 trademark applications entrusted to overseas associates.

Furthermore, we have one of the largest groupings of IP professionals in the country, all of whom provide services in IP filing, prosecution, litigation, due diligence, licensing, IP search and valuation, alternate dispute resolution, etc. Not only are they highly educated, but they also have diverse backgrounds, both in terms of technical expertise and international experience. As we believe our professionals are our greatest assets, we try to encourage their development by providing them with new educational experiences (i.e., sending attorneys to the US and China) and organising IP seminars for them on a regular basis. As such, we are confident that when approached by new clients or working with existing ones, our professionals can always provide them with friendly up-to-date legal information and the most cost-effective strategies to protect their IP. Due to this nurturing environment, our retention rates are consistently high.

In terms of our clients, our domestic and international clients range from corporations, research and development institutions, academics, and individuals. As the vast majority of our professionals are multilingual, we are able to communicate with our clients in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese, which makes it easier for our clients to reach out to us. We have found that we have been able to expand our clientele through referrals, legal service bids, government contracts, advertisements, etc.

As for my personal background, I am an attorney-at-law with a background in telecommunications and electrical engineering. I represent clients by providing them with legal advice on infringement and enforcement matters, as well as undertaking legal work regarding licensing and litigation. Due to the growing IP needs of our clients, YOU ME’s legal services have increased over the past few years, and to meet this increasing demand, we have a range of attorneys-at-law with technical backgrounds from the US and Korea who work closely alongside our IP attorneys. This unique aspect of our services reassures our clients and means we can provide them with a vast spectrum of one-stop services.

Looking back on 2015, YOU ME Patent & Law Firm had a tremendous year. During this time, our firm grew steadily from 7 to 10%, and for 2016, we plan to further diversify our services to cater for the international and domestic markets. In addition, we plan to increase our involvement and representation with respect to the Chinese market and Chinese companies. 

Company: YOU ME Patent & Law Firm
Name: David Hunjoon Kim, Attorney-at-Law
Email: email@youme.com
Web Address: www.youme.com
Address: Seolim Building, 115 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu,
Seoul 06134, Korea
Telephone: 82-2-3458-0101

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