MARU Intellectual Property Law
MARU Intellectual Property Law was founded in 2014 by Byung-Kee SUNG, who is the foremost experts in the field of the Standard-Essential Patents. “MARU” is a pure Korean word that means “the top of a mountain”, “summit” or “the best”. In keeping with the name, we provide the very best service and are aimed at contributing to our client’s success. Based on our experience, undying passion and insight into the future, we will provide trustworthy and distinguished services.
The Expert Group Having Passion and Thoroughness
Our experts have rich experience in preparing, drafting patent specifications, searching prior arts, analyzing infringement/invalidation and providing counseling services in connection with various technical fields. Along with experience, we believe that passion and thoroughness are also vital to provide quality services.
The Most Experienced Experts in Technological Standards and Standard-Essential Patents
MARU Intellectual Property Law has the world class expertise in the field of the standard-essential patent. We provide the professional services for clients who are interested in obtaining, utilizing, analyzing or purchasing patents related to the industry standards.
Mr. Byung-Kee SUNG began his career as an in-house patent engineer at SK Hynix Semiconductor (formerly, Hyundai Electronics) in 1994. While working at the company for five years, he has done works related to MPEG-4 Visual standard which is one of the video codec standards. After being qualified as a patent attorney in 2002, he joined Y.P. Lee, Mock & Partners, one of the largest firm in Korea. At the time, on behalf of Samsung Electronics, he drafted patent specifications and prosecuted patent applications in Korea and foreign countries in connection with the industry standards such as H.264 and Blu-ray Disc. In 2005, he joined Moon & Moon International that is the sole Korean consultant/evaluator for MPEG LA, LLC, the world’s leading patent pool administrator. As a chief evaluator for nine years, Mr. Sung established the evaluation criteria and performed patent evaluations for hundreds of patents to determine whether the patents submitted for evaluation are essential to implement industry standards. Based on diverse and in-depth experience in the standard-essential patent field, he gained a reputation as a leading expert in this field at home and abroad.
Mr. Nam-Suk KANG also has much experience in technological standards and standard-essential patents. Mr. Kang joined Moon & Moon International in 2005 and performed patent evaluations for patent pools administered by MPEG LA, LLC, etc. for eleven years. From 2014 to 2015, as a chief evaluator, he directed the evaluation works for standard-essential patents.
Our experts built up rich experiences in various fields including video codec, audio codec, telecommunication (LTE, WiFi, NFC, etc.), digital TV and artificial intelligence (AI). We have contributed to protecting clients’ profit and to strengthening patent portfolios by successfully performing patent mining, analyzing patents/products, rendering opinions on infringement/invalidation and consulting as well as patent prosecution.