Sanghyun Lee

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Since his appointment as judge in 2011, Sanghyun Lee served for 11 years as judge (including a judge in the Intellectual Property Division of the Seoul Central District Court) until his resignation as a law clerk of the Supreme Court in 2022. Mr. Lee  earned a doctoral degree in intellectual property law from Seoul National University and also an LL.M. in intellectual property law from George Washington Law School. He has experience in analyzing from legal perspective, and conducting in-depth researches on, numerous criminal cases at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Lee jointly wrote the Annotation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act and presented many papers on intellectual property rights including “Protection of Intellectual Creations under Tort Law,” “A Comparative Approach to Nonobviousness of Selection Inventions -Superior Effect and Motivation to Select,” and “Patent Infringement by Multiple Entities from the Perspective of Joint Tort Analysis.”

Representative Experience

2022-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2021-2022 Research Judge, Supreme Court
2019-2021 Judge, Seoul Central District Court
2015-2019 Judge, Suwon District Court
2011-2015 Judge, Gwangju District Court
2008-2011 Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army
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2023-Present Adjunct Professor, Seoul National University School of Law


2016 George Washington Law School (LL.M.)
2015 Seoul National University (LL.D.)
2009 Seoul National University (LL.M.)
2008 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea
2005 Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

100 Precedents regarding the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (Co-author, Pakyoungsa, 2023)
Commentary on The Unfair Competition Prevention Act (Co-author, Pakyoungsa, 2020)
A Comparative Approach to Nonobviousness of Selection Inventions -Superior Effect and Motivation to Select, Juris No. 52 (Jurisdiction Development Foundation, 2020)
A Study on Right to Injunction under Amended Unfair Competition Prevention Act, Justice Serial No. 159, pp. 319-341 (Korean Society of Law, 2017)
Protection of Intellectual Creations under Tort Law (Doctoral Dissertation, Seoul National University, 2015)
A Consideration on Net-Neutrality Policy of Both Korea and the United States - Based on 2014 Verizon Judgment, Law & Technology Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 3-22 (Seoul National University Center for Law & Technology, 2014)
Replacement of Consumables and Indirect Infringement of Patent Rights (Master's Thesis, Seoul National University, 2009)


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