Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law


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 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
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