Yulchon lands IP and technology veteran in hiring spree

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Yulchon has doubled down on its intellectual property and technology practice with the hiring of senior foreign counsel Dave Koo, previously in the same role at Kim & Chang.

Doil Son, head of Yulchon’s IP and technology practice, said: “The addition of Dave as a senior foreign attorney not only enhances our expertise but also bolsters our capability to handle high-profile international cases. Having a resource like Dave at Yulchon is in itself a significant promotional advantage. His extensive experience with major foreign corporations positions us strongly in the market and enhances our firm’s reputation.”

Koo’s arrival marks the second addition to the Seoul-based law firm’s IP and technology practice this month, which earlier saw the hiring of partner Chunghwan Choi, one of South Korea’s top media and entertainment industry lawyers, from Lee & Ko.

Boasting a legal career spanning more than 24 years both in the US and South Korea, Koo specialises in advising on IP, antitrust and competition as well as litigation matters involving disputes, regulatory and government investigations alongside criminal matters and counselling. In particular, he has worked on cases involving Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) investigations into industries including telecommunications, as well as court appeals concerning market dominance and unfair trade practices.

Over the years, he has represented clients in many high-profile cases including a KFTC investigation into Oracle Korea’s alleged abuse of market dominance by forcing database management system (DBMS) customers to purchase unnecessary support services for all licensed instances. Oracle Korea, which was represented by Kim & Chang throughout the entire process, was eventually issued a finding of no violation by the Korean fair trade watchdog.

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