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Lee, Samuel SungMok (Senior Foreign Counsel)

Samuel Lee is a U.S. attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group where he specializes in intellectual property law, international dispute resolution, IP transactions, and technology due diligence in the electrical, chemical, and software arts.

Prior to joining Yulchon, Mr. Lee served as senior legal counsel at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. where he personally managed patent litigation throughout the world for Samsung’s Semiconductor, Telecommunications, Visual Display, and LED Business Units. Representative venues include the U.S. International Trade Commission, the US District Courts (e.g., EDTX, EDVA, NDCA, Delaware, and Wisconsin), the German district courts, and the Japanese district courts. Representative technologies include semiconductor memory, applications processors (APs), LEDs, televisions, cell phones, printers, hard disk drives, and LOCs (lab-on-a-chip). Mr. Lee has hands-on experience with every aspect of US litigation, include setting up efficient and cost-effective e-discovery processes and protocols. Mr. Lee also negotiated licenses and patent acquisitions and advised many business units on patent portfolio management.

As a partner at Dergosits & Noah, LLP and as an associate at Baker Botts, Mr. Lee advised both Fortune 500 and medium-sized companies on all aspects of intellectual property from both a plaintiff and defendant perspective. In one case, Mr. Lee successfully obtained a preliminary injunction asserting a patent that he had prosecuted. As in-house counsel for the Procter & Gamble Company, Mr. Lee advised business units on patent portfolio management, litigation, and freedom-to-operate opinions. He also drafted and prosecuted patents.

Mr. Lee utilizes both his in-house and law firm experience to provide clients with real-world legal advice.

Unfair Competition, IP Risk Management (IP Compliance), Intellectual Property Survey/Evaluation, Intellectual Property License/Transaction, International Dispute Management, Trademark, Trade Secret, Copyright (including Computer Program), Intellectual Property, Patent/Utility Model

University of San Francisco, School of Law, J.D. (1996)
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Engineering, B.S. (Chemical Engineering with biology emphasis)(1990)

Yulchon LLC (2012-present)
Senior Legal Counsel, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (2006–2012)
Partner, Dergosits & Noah, LLP (2004–2006)
Senior Associate, Dergosits & Noah, LLP (2001–2004)
Associate, Baker Botts, LLP (1998–2001)
Counsel, The Procter & Gamble Company (1996–1998)
Engineer, Shell Oil Company (1991–1992)

*The Osram v. Samsung wars – settled on favorable terms
In the Matter of Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-785 (USITC)
In the Matter of Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-798 (USITC)
Osram Gmbh v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., Case No. 1:11-cv-00496 (U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware)
Osram Gmbh v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., (Hamburg District Court)

*The Spansion v. Samsung wars – settled on favorable terms
In the Matter of Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-664 (USITC) – Spansion offense, no violation in favor of Samsung
In the Matter of Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-685 (USITC) – Samsung offense, violation found in favor of Samsung, but was under review by Commission
In the Matter of Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-735 (USITC)
Spansion LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., Case No. 1:10-cv-00881 (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia)
Spansion LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., Case No. 3:10-cv-00453 (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin)
Spansion LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., Case No. 3:10-cv-00685 (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin)
Spansion LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., Case No. 5:10-cv-03446 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California)
Spansion LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al., Case No. 1:08-cv-00855 (U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware)
Samsung v. Spansion International, Inc., EP case no. 2 Ni 22/10 (Federal Patent Court, Munich Germany)

*Advanced Micro Devices v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, et al., Case No. 3:08-cv-0986 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California)

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    Korean, English
    New York (2001)
    California (2000)
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Registration (1998)
    Ohio (1996)