Yong-Sig Cho is the founder and managing partner of Darae Law & IP Firm, the first intellectual property specialised firm in Korea. The firm has been accredited for representing the most cases at the Patent Court of Korea. He is a recognised leader of in the field of intellectual property with the experience of a former judge at the Patent Court. He is a vice chairman of the Seoul Bar Association; vice chairman of the Korean-Japanese Bar Association; director and legal adviser of Legal Times; director of Korea Intellectual Property Right Legislation Institute; vice president of Korea Industrial Property Law Association; and member of the Japanese Industrial Property Rights Association. He is a former honorary researcher at the department of law of Tokyo University and a professor of the intellectual property Masters at KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology).
More than 50 cases across the full spectrum of intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright law, are represented by Mr Cho each year. The major cases he represented include: Philips v Minolta (patent infringement and damages), Nichia v Epistar, Taiyo Yuden v Trigem Computer (appeal against preliminary injunction), CJ Cheiljedang Corporation v Sanofi-Aventis (revocation of patent registration), Rinnai Korea (patent infringement), Samsung Electronics (preliminary injunction in patent infringement), SK Telecom (preliminary injunction in copyright infringement), Fujifilm (unfair competition law), LG Chemical (patent infringement) and GlaxoSmithKlein (unfair competition), etc.
Mr Cho received his legal education at Hanyang University (LLB) and Northwestern University Law School (LLM) and continuing education at Seoul National University and Waseda University. He speaks fluent Japanese and conversational English.