Kijoong Kang

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Kijoong Kang is a partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC. Before joining BKL, Mr. Kang served as a judge specializing in intellectual property matters, including patents, designs, trademarks, and copyrights, managing partner of an IP law firm, and an executive vice president and the head of IP litigation team of a global electronics manufacturer.

After Mr. Kang began his career as a judge in 1989, he earned his LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 1999 focusing on intellectual property laws, including patent, trademark, and copyright. He then served as a judge at the Patent Court, a research judge in IP division of Supreme Court of Korea, the managing partner of AIP Patent & Law Firm, and an executive vice president and the head of IP litigation team at the IP Center of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung). As the head of IP litigation team at Samsung, he led a team of in-house attorneys, including many U.S. attorneys, and oversaw various global litigation involving IP matters, including the matter against Apple that spanned multiple countries (including U.S., Germany, U.K., France, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Japan, and Korea) and various IP matters, including the design patent case which he managed from the district court level to the Supreme Court decision.

Mr. Kang has managed foreign law firms with IP specialty by utilizing his theoretical and practical analyses and experienced various global IP litigation cases at the forefront, building upon his Korean IP litigation experience with those at the various legal venues, including U.S. district court jury cases, International Trade Commission investigations, and other foreign legal hearings.

Representative Experience

2018-Present Arbitrator, International Arbitration Center, Tokyo
2017-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2015-2017 Residing Advisor, IP Center of Samsung Electronics
2012-2015 IP Legal Team Leader (Executive Vice President), IP Center of Samsung Electronics
2011 IP Legal Team Leader (Senior Vice President), IP Center of Samsung Electronics
2007-2011 In-House Counsel (Senior Vice President), Legal Office of Samsung Group
2006 Managing Partner, AIP Patent & Law Firm
2002-2006 Research Judge, Supreme Court of Korea
2000-2002 Judge, Patent Court
1997-2000 Judge, Seoul Central District Court
1994-1997 Judge, Incheon District Court
1992-1994 Judge, Gongju Branch of Daejeon District Court
1989-1992 Judge, Daejeon District Court


1999 New York University School of Law (LL.M.)
1989 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1987 Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

US Patent Case Studies Vol. 3 (Co-author, Korea Patent Attorneys Association, 2022)
US Litigation Practice Guide for Korean Companies (Co-author, Pakyoungsa, 2022)
Practitioner's Guide on Korean IP Litigation (Co-author, Patent Court of Korea, 2002)
Patent Application by an Unentitled Person and the Protection of the Entitled Person, Legal Profession Vol. 53 No. 5 (Serial No. 572), pp. 5-53 (Korean Lawyers Association, 2004)
Comparison of two Supreme Court decisions related to internet domain name cases, Journal of Korea Information law Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 119-149 (Korea Association For Infomedia Law, 2004 - case, case)
Analysis of Judgments of the Korean Patent Court (Patent Court, 2000-2001)
US Copyright law issues regarding use of the internet, Trial Materials Vol. 88 (National Court Administration, 2000)
Review of Methods of Public Access to Court Information (1988)
Speaker, Patent Enforcement in Korea (Midwest IP Institute, USA, 2017)
Speaker, International Conference on IP and Value Creation (2015)
Speaker, Enforcement of Competition Law against NPE's Abuse of IP Rights (The 8th Seoul International Competition Forum, 2014)
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Lawyer (2022-2024)
Chambers Global - Leading Lawyer (2022)
Who's Who Legal - Leading Practitioner (2018-2024)
Asian Legal Business - Asia's Top 15 IP Lawyers (2022)


1989 Korea

Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition