23 May 2024NewsCareersMuireann Bolger

WBD hires patent partner for LA office

The patent attorney’s expertise spans artificial intelligence, machine learning and medical devices.

Womble Bond Dickinson has appointed Young Seok Koo as a partner in its patent prosecution and litigation practice group in Los Angeles.

A registered patent attorney, he joins from Ladas & Parry, where he spent more than 12 years of his career.

Koo focuses his practice on US and foreign patent prosecution, opinion work and due diligence and he counsels on infringement, validity, and pre-litigation strategies, as well as trademark and trade secret law.

His technological knowledge spans a broad range of technologies in a variety of fields, including artificial intelligence, machine learning and medical devices.

Before relocating to the US, Koo worked at Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners in Seoul, South Korea, where he focused on registering, licensing, and strategising the makeup and presentation of patent portfolios for large-cap companies.

He graduated from Washington University School of Law and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Yonsei University in South Korea.

Commenting on the hire, Preston Heard, patent prosecution and litigation practice group leader, said:

“Young is a credentialed patent practitioner and an excellent addition to our deep bench on the West Coast and in the Software/Electrical Engineering team.

“His extensive experience with prosecution for Korean clients in both Korea and the US is a particularly valuable addition to our capabilities, and we are excited to welcome him to Womble.”

Over the past year, the firm’s patent prosecution and litigation group has welcomed 18 new practitioners, including many patent agents and technical advisors with advanced degrees.

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