From information technology to biotechnology and beyond, South Korea has rapidly grown to be a center of cutting-edge invention and manufacturing. As part of this renaissance, numerous South Korean firms have turned to Knobbe Martens as their global IP legal resource. Likewise, we also counsel many U.S.-based companies on the intricacies of Korean intellectual property issues.

Our competitive advantage is defined by several key factors:

Long history and extensive experience working with Korean clients on complex U.S. legal issues.

Fully conversant with Korean law and culture, giving us the ability to counsel clients on multi-jurisdictional issues.

Well-balanced litigation and non-litigation practice.

Active collaboration with clients’ Korean counsel to develop and implement strategies compliant with U.S. law.



Over a dozen Korean-speaking attorneys and scientists.

Four Korean patent attorneys on staff—two of them are U.S. patent attorneys, including a firm partner.

95% of our attorneys hold undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in either engineering or the technical sciences.

Deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of Korean companies pertaining to IP issues in the United States and a global setting.

Proven expertise in representing start-up and emerging growth U.S. clients in Korean markets.


Named by Managing IP magazine as one of the top 10 firms in the world for international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings. Read more >>

Involved in the Korean-American Bar Association (KABA), Korean Patent Attorney Association (KPAA) and the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association.

Keynote speakers at numerous legal, technical and trade association events throughout Korea and the Pacific Rim.


On October 26, 2016, three Knobbe Martens attorneys participated in an IP seminar sponsored by i-PAC (International Patent Assistance Center) of the Korea Electronics Association (KEA), at the 47th...
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP has been named by Managing IP magazine as one of the top 10 firms in the world for international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings. In the magazine’s 2015 “PCT...
In December 2012, Congress passed the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act, which authorizes the United States to become a member of the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs (i...