Myungsun Cho BAE, KIM & LEE IP

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Myungsun Cho is a patent attorney at BAE, KIM & LEE IP and is a member of the trial/litigation team in the field of chemistry including pharmaceutical and biotechnology matters. She joined the firm in 2018 after serving at the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) for 20 years.

She earned her B.A. and M.A. in pharmacy and later obtained a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the US. After joining KIPO in 1997, she was in charge of examinations and trials in the field of chemistry, particularly in pharmaceutics and biotechnology, for more than 20 years. She also served as chief of the Pharmaceutical Examination Division and was the chief trial judge of the Intellectual Property Trial & Appeal Board (IPTAB), dealing with major pharmaceutical and biotechnological cases involving domestic and foreign pharmaceutical companies. While dispatched as a patent researcher of the Supreme Court and a technical examiner of the Patent Court for four years in total, she built her carrier in the field of patent litigation. Based on these experiences, she now advises and represents clients in pharmaceutical and biotech litigations involving IP.

Representative Experience

2017-2018 Technical Examiner, Patent Court of Korea
2015-2017 Patent Researcher, Supreme Court of Korea
2013-2015 Chief Trial Judge, IPTAB
2011-2012 Technical Examiner, Patent Court of Korea
2008-2010 Chief, Pharmaceutical Examination Division, KIPO
2007-2008 Trial Judge, IPTAB
2003-2007 Part Leader, Biotechnology Examination Division, KIPO
2001-2003 Trial Researcher, IPTAB
1997-2001 Examiner, Pharmaceutical Examination Division, KIPO


2003 Chungnam National University Law School (LL.M., Patent)
1989 University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D., Molecular Biology)
1983 Seoul National University (M.S., Pharmacy)
1981 Ewha Womans University (B.S., Pharmacy)

Selected Activities

The Patent Case Study (Revised Edition and Third Edition, Co-Author)
WTO TRIPs' Manual (published by KIPO, Co-Author)
A Study on the Exclusion of Post-consideration in Determining Non-Obviousness, Patent Trial Research Volume 1 (IPTAB)
The Trend of Non-Obviousness Determination in the fields of Biotechnology and Medicine in the U.S. after the ruling in KSR v. Teleflex, Intellectual Property 21 (KIPO)
Recent Issues in Life Sciences relating to Research Tool patents, Intellectual Property 21 (KIPO)
Biotechnology Invention and Patent, Patent Litigation Study Volume 3, Patent Court of Korea
Korean Society of Women's Science and Technology
Patent Law Society


2002 Patent Attorney (Korea)