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John Kim

John Kim



  • Anti-Corruption & Regulatory Compliance
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation
  • Corporate Governance

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Antitrust Group
Intellectual Property Group
Patent Law Group
John KIM is a trial lawyer specializing in Cross-Border Litigation and International Dispute Resolution.

As a Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Mr. Kim represented multinational clients from both the plaintiff and defense perspective at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Northern District of California. Resident in Quinn Emanuel's Silicon Valley Office, he also led strategic counseling teams on behalf of a diverse international client base to maximize leverage and create real-world solutions in multiple IP disputes and competition law matters.

As Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in Seoul, Mr. Kim provided counsel on corporate-wide IP policy reform and the efficient management of antitrust and patent litigation risk profiles. He also conducted licensing and IP acquisition negotiations with several Global 500 entities. At Samsung, Mr. Kim managed over 100 world-wide litigation and licensing matters for Samsung's Semiconductor, Telecommunications, Display, and Digital Media business units.

Mr. Kim combines his corporate experience with his law firm experience to provide a wide range of clients with legal advice and counseling grounded in the practical realities of global businesses.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Bar: District of Columbia, Maryland, California
Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


American University, Washington College of Law - JD: 1997
Cornell University, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering): 1992
Areas of Practice

Anti-Corruption & Regulatory Compliance | Antitrust & Competition | Corporate Governance | International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation | International Trade | IP | IP Litigation | Life Sciences | Litigation & Arbitration | Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Lee & Ko: 2011-Present
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea: 2004-2008; 2009-2011
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Silicon Valley, CA: 2008-2009
United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington D.C., Judicial Intern for the Honorable Reginald W. Gibson: 1996

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association

Invited Speaker and Panelist, 2015 Korea-EU IPR Conference (K-Law)
Invited Speaker, 2013 Korea-US IP Judicial Conference (Global Management of Intellectual Property)
Invited Speaker, 2012 AIPPI World IP Congress (IP Infringement and International Forum Shopping)
Invited Speaker, 2012 Asia Law Society Symposium (Trends in IP Law in Asia: Development or Impediment? hosted by the University of Michigan Law School)
Invited Opening Plenary Session Panelist, IP Business Congress 2011 (IP 2015: Perspectives from the C-suite hosted by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine)
Invited Speaker, 2006 Licensing Executives Society International Conference in Seoul (Licensing Practice in the Electronics Industry: The Samsung Experience)

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