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international reputation as a leader in the field of intellectual property was made possible by our founder, Mr. Yong Shik Chang (1928-2001).
Mr. Chang studied law at Kyung Hee University in Seoul and began his career in the Korean Intellectual Property office where he participated in the drafting of intellectual property laws, regulations, and examination guidelines. He was admitted to the patent bar in 1963 and founded Y.S. Chang & Associates in 1965.
As an advisor and examination commissioner for the Korean Intellectual Property Office, he was actively involved in the development of Korea's intellectual property policy and framework. Representative of his involvement, his participation was instrumental in the publication of the Korean Code of Laws in 1966.
Mr. Chang was a preeminent authority in prosecutions involving patents, trademarks, and related matters, including litigation involving intellectual property rights. His career highlights include successful representations in several landmark cases before the Korean Supreme Court.
He served as chairman of the Korean Group of the International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES), He founded the Korean Industrial Property Rights Society serving as its chair for ten years. His was an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA).
He returned to his alma mater and for several years served as a visiting professor, teaching international intellectual property for the Kyung Hee University School of Law. Also, in the interest of providing a better understanding of Korean intellectual property laws and practice, he published numerous books and law review articles, both in Korea and abroad.
As a tribute to his valuable contributions to Korean intellectual property law and his lifetime achievement in the field, he was bestowed the honor of New Intellectual Patent Attorney by the Korean government in July of 2000.
During his career, Mr. Chang enjoyed a well-deserved reputation as the foremost authority on Korean intellectual property laws and practice. The following are some of the books and articles he authored to promote understanding of Korean intellectual property matters.
How to Protect Your Trademark in Korea, 1987
How to License Your Trademark in Korea, 1987
Korean Patent and Trademark Licensing, 1994
Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, 1994
Korean Trademark Law: Procedure and Protection, 1995
Korean Trademark Act and Classification of Goods and Services, 1998
Studies on International Agreements, 1999
Korean Laws on Intellectual Property Rights, 2000
"The Institutions in Korean Trademark Law," AIPPI Japanese Journal, September 1966
"The Cancellation System in Korean Trademark Law," Japanese Patent Management, December 1976
"Recent Changes in Korean Patent Law," Japanese Patent Management, September 1980
"Legal Restrictions Placed on the Technology Inducement Agreement in Korea," Japanese Patent Management, 1982
"Technology Inducement and Know-How Protection,"Japanese Patent Attorneys Association Journal, 1993
The life of Mr. Yong Shik Chang, namesake and founder of Y.S. Chang & Associates, represents the history of intellectual property rights in Korea. Our Firm will continue lasting legacy by providing the highest quality services to our clients.
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