Tae Uk KANG

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-0485
  • F. +82-31-601-7533
  • E. taeuk.kang@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Tae Uk Kang is a partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL) and belongs to the Intellectual Property Practice Group and the Data Protection Team. Mr. Kang served as a judge in several courts prior to joining BKL in 2007. Based on such experience, he now provides consultation and (civil/criminal) litigation services regarding intellectual property disputes, data protection, and other legal issues related to IT service providers (including e-commerce and online game industry).

Mr. Kang serves as a member of various expert committees related to intellectual property, data protection, e-commerce, game, etc., including Game Rating and Administration Committee, advisory on Personal Information Protection Commission, arbitrator in KCAB, eSports Fairness Committee.

Representative Experience

2007-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2005-2007 Judge, Suwon District Court
2002-2005 Judge, Cheongju District Court
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2021-Present Member, Open Data Mediation Committee
2021-Present Member, Copyright Protection and Deliberation Committee
2021-Present Member, Committee for Evaluation of Appropriateness of Data Specialized Agencies, Korea Financial Telecommunications & Clearings Institute; Member, Continuous Evaluation Committee, Financial Security Institute; Member, Committee for Evaluation of Appropriateness of Data Anonymization, Financial Security Institute
2021-Present Member, Personal Information Protection Committee, Naver
2021-Present Vice Chairman, Korea Personal Information Protection Law Association
2020-Present Member, Committee for PIPA Amendment, Personal Information Protection Commission (“PIPC”); Member, Institutional Reform Advisory Group, PIPC; Member, Future Forum, PIPC
2020-Present Member, Korea e-Sports Association
2019-Present Member, Game Rating and Administration Committee
2017-Present Advisory Counsel, Personal Information Protection Commission
2017-2020 Legal Advisor, Personal Information Protection Commission, Korea Communications Commission
2016-Present Committee for Cancellation of Registered Periodicals in Gyonggi Province
2015-2019 Member, Seoul City Hope Economy Commission
2014-2020 Member, Content Dispute Resolution Committee
2014-2016 Member, Game Content Rating Board
2013-2015 Expert Advisor, Expert Committee on Creation, Presidential Council on Intellectual Property
2012-Present Expert Advisor, Copyright Service Support Group for Industrial Sites, Korea Copyright Commission
2012-2020 Advisory Member, Advisory Committee on Interpretation of Personal Information Protection Laws, Ministry of the Interior and Safety

Representative Matters

Represented A in a copyright case related to the game and represented and advised many other game companies in litigation cases concerning game copyright
Represented engineering company B in a case involving trade secrets related to power generation design
Advised local companies E and F and foreign companies G and H on responding to leakage of personal information
Advised multinational pharmaceutical company I, distributor J, local pharmaceutical company K, financial institution L and company M on their compliance projects involving personal information
Represented local and multinational companies in responding to game rating issues and measures taken by the Game Rating and Administration Committee
Copyright
Represented A in a copyright case related to the game and represented and advised many other game companies in litigation cases concerning game copyright
Represented and advised clients in civil and criminal litigation cases related to the license fee, in which KOMCA, FKMP, RIAK were the other party
Represented and advised music streaming businesses and negotiated with associations including KOMCA, etc
Represented and advised online lecture businesses and lecturers in litigation cases concerning copyright
Represented many SI companies and software developers in litigation cases related to software copyright and service contract
Trade Secrets
Represented engineering company B in a case involving trade secrets related to power generation design
Represented local company C in a case involving trade secrets related to solar power
Represented lens manufacturer D in a case involving trade secrets
Represented local and multinational companies in cases seeking an injunction to enforce non-compete clauses against former employees
Personal Information
Advised local companies E and F and foreign companies G and H on responding to leakage of personal information
Advised multinational pharmaceutical company I, distributor J, local pharmaceutical company K, financial institution L and company M on their compliance projects involving personal information
Advised foreign companies N, O and P on compliance issues involving personal information
Advised the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the Korea Communications Commission, the Personal Information Projection Commission and the Korea internet and Security Agency on issues of personal information
Advised company Q on the management of its global employee data system and other companies on issues of personal information involving the integration of overseas servers
Advised chemical company R, game company S and other on compliance issues involving the GDPR
Game
Represented local and multinational companies in responding to game rating issues and measures taken by the Game Rating and Administration Committee
Represented Company T in a copyright infringement dispute against Company U
Represented Company W in a copyright infringement dispute over mobile game
Represented local company X in a case seeking revocation of suspension of business for an alleged violation of the Game Industry Promotion Act
Represented company Y in responding to suspension of business for an alleged violation of the Game Industry Promotion Act
Represented company Z in responding to criminal charges for an alleged violation of the Game industry Promotion Act
Represented local game companies A, B, C and others in copyright infringement disputes
Represented game companies in compliance projects involving copyrights for newly released games
E-commerce
Advised foreign company D on compliance issues involving the launch of an e-commerce website
Advised foreign companies E and F on compliance issues for the launch of their e-commerce websites
Advised local distributor G and delivery app operator I on compliance issues
Patent and Trademark
Represented foreign company H in a patent infringement dispute over drillships
Represented local semiconductor equipment company I in a patent infringement dispute over manufacturing equipment
Represented local tire manufacturer J in a patent infringement dispute
Represented local company K in a patent infringement dispute over anchors
Represented local company L and multinational companies in their trademark cases
Represented financial companies and e-commerce companies in business method patent cases

Education

2017 Seoul National University (LL.D.)
2011 University of Southern California Gould School of Law (LL.M.)
2004 Seoul National University (LL.M.)
2002 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1999 Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Publications
Law and Policies for Personal Information Protection (Co-author, Pakyoungsa, 2014)
E-commerce-related Laws and Regulations, E-commerce Managers (4) (Co-author, Korea E-Business Association, 2000)
2020 European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) Guide Book for Domestic Entrepreneur (Co-author, Korea Internet & Security Agency, 2020)
Recent Cases in Foreign Countries regarding the Use of Actual Copyrighted Works in Video Games, C-Story, 22nd, pp. 16-19 (Korea Copyright Protection Agency, 2020)
Study on Consumer Protection in Cloud Computing (Co-author, National IT Industry Promotion Agency, 2019)
Analysis of the Recent Trend on Profiling Technology and Study on Privacy Policy Direction (Co-author, Korea Internet & Security Agency, 2018)
The International Comparative Legal Guide - Data Protection 2017 Edition: Korea Chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2017)
Transfer of Personal Information in a Corporate Structural Change, Journal of Korean Law Vol. 17, pp. 101-127 (Co-author, Seoul National University Asia-Pacific Law Institute, 2017)
A Study on the Protection of Ideas in Creative Works (Doctoral Thesis, Co-author, Seoul National University, 2017)
The International Comparative Legal Guide - Copyright 2016, 2020 Edition: Korea Chapter (Global Legal Group, 2016, 2020)
Privacy and Data Security Deskbook: South Korea part (Hunton AK, 2015)
Guidebook for New Software Enterprises' Using Works (Korea Copyright Commission, 2013)
A study on the joint infringement by multiple parties under US patent act, Law Times (Law Times, 2012)
Substantial Similarity in Musical Works, Copyright Quarterly No. 77, pp. 4-21 (Korea Copyright Commission, 2007)
Problems on Practical Affairs Related to Provisional Injunction of Non-Infringement of Patent Rights, Gyeonggibar No. 13, pp. 449-482 (Suwon Bar Association, 2006)
Scope of Protection of Technical Measures in Light of PS2-Mod Chip Case, Journal of digital property law Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 55-89 (Sechang Publish, 2006)
Cases Related to Infringement of Patents and Nullity Defense (2006)
Paper on UCITA, Software and Law No 1 (Co-author, Korea Software Property-Right Council, 2002)
Protection of E-mail Related Privacy at Works (2002)
Duty and Damage Liability of Certifying Institutions, Digital Contents No. 95, pp. 38-48 (KISA Information Security Superior Paper Award Winner, Korea Database Agency, 2001)
Legal Countermeasures for Abuse of Emails (KISA Information Security Superior Paper Award Winner, Korea Internet & Security Agency, 1999)
Guide line for Y2K-related Unfair Actions (Co-author, 1999)
Awards
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Lawyer (2018-2022)
Chambers Global - Leading Lawyer (2021-2022)
The Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner (2019-2022)
Who's Who Legal - Leading Practitioner (2019-2022)
The Asia Legal Awards - Data Privacy Lawyer of the Year (2020)
Citation (President of Korea Internet & Security Agency in relation to Personal Information Protection Works, 2018)
Citation (Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in relation to Copyright Works, 2015)
Citation (Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs in relation to Personal Information Protection Works, 2013)

Qualifications

2012 New York
2002 Korea

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