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Cho, Won H.



Cho, Won H. is a founding member and partner at D’LIGHT, where he focuses on technology M&A, ICT & new technologies, entertainment and start-up & venture capital. Recently, he is actively advising clients in blockchain industry. As an experienced patent lawyer with extensive commercial transactional experience in various specialty industries including entertainment, ICT and healthcare, Mr. Cho is uniquely positioned to advise clients in a wide range of complex IP, corporate and regulatory matters. He started his career as an associate at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“BKL”) and went on to serve as a partner of the firm leading BKL’s prominent intellectual property and technology transaction practices, spanning a total of 16 years. Mr. Cho also worked on secondment at Ropes & Gray (New York) in 2014 in the firm’s Intellectual Property division. He has earned a reputation at home and abroad as an exceptional multi-disciplinary lawyer with deep and extensive career experience representing local corporations, multi-national companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Cho is now an adjunct professor at KAIST-MIP (Master of Intellectual Property) and serves in leadership roles at various local and state organizations, including the Korea Fair Trade Commission Advisory Committee, Korean Intellectual Property Office, US Korea Law Foundation, Korea Licensing Executive Society, and Korea Association of Entertainment Law, among others. Mr. Cho holds a B.A. from Seoul National University and received a LL.M. from University of Texas.


  • 2001-2017

Partner, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

  • 2006-2008

Legal Counsel, Culture Industry Legal Support Center of the Korea Culture Content Agency;

  • 2011-2013

Committee Member, Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies

Committee Member, Presidential Council on Intellectual Property

  • 2011-2014

Director, Korea Licensing Executives Society

Committee Member, Korea Fair Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Enforcement of Industrial Property Rights

  • 2013-2017

Committee Member, Korean Intellectual Property Office, Industrial Property Rights Dispute Resolution Committee

  • 2013-present

Adjunct Professor, KAIST, Intellectual Property Graduate School

  • 2014

Secondee Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP (New York)

  • 2015-present

Director, Korean Association of Entertainment Law

  • 2017-2018

Director, Korea Licensing Executives Society

  • 2017-2019

Committee Member, Human Rights Committee for the Disabled of Korea National Human Rights Committee

  • 2017-present

Partner, D’LIGHT Law Group

  • 2017-2018

Committee Member, Reader’s Rights Committee of Hankookilbo

  • 2018

Legal Counsel, The Korea Blockchain Enterprise Promotion Association (KBEPA)

  • 2018-2019

Committee Member, Disability Discrimination Coordination Committee of Korea National Human Rights Committee

  • 2018-2020

External member, Abuse Cases Judgment Committee of Seoul Human Rights Center for the Disabled

  • 2019-2020

Committee Member, Korea Association of Research Institute Technology Transfer (KARIT)

  • 2019-2021

Committee Member, Dental Medicare Business Incubation Center of Seoul National University


  • 1994

Seoul National University, B.A.

  • 2000

Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea

  • 2007

University of Texas, School of Law, LL.M.

    • 바이오 기술계약 총서 (공저, IPMS, 2015)
    • The Attorney-Client Privilege: Implications of the Differences between U.S. and Korea Law (공저, US-Korea Law Journal, 2014)
    • A Comparison of Post Grant Proceedings Between The United Stated and Korea (공저, US-Korea Law Journal, 2013)
    • 삼성과 애플의 특허권 분쟁 (법률신문, 2013)
    • 라이센스계약 지상강의(연재) (특허와 상표, 2010-2011)
    • Collective Licensing in Korea, Collective Licensing at the ISP Level(IAEL, 2010)
    • 합작법인 설립시 지적재산권 이슈(서울지방변호사회보, 2009)
    • 공지, 공용의 발명들로 구성된 특허의 진보성 판단기준(서울지방변호사회보, 2008)
    • 미국 특허법상 특허권 남용(Patent Misuse)의 법리(저스티스, 2008)
    • 기술이전 Escrow사업 개선방안 연구(공저, 한국기술거래소, 2008)
    • Does U.S. Antitrust Law Reach International Software Licensing; Applicability and Application (LL.M. Thesis, 2007)
    • 창의적 협상(공저, 가림출판사, 2006) • 응용미술품의 보호에 관한 소고(저작권, 2005)
    • 게임표절사례에서의 법적 쟁점(저작권문화, 2005)
    • 개성공업지구 법규 및 제도 해설(지적재산권 및 광고 부분 집필, LawnB, 2004)
    • 판례해설 썸네일 이미지 검색서비스의 저작권침해(저작권문화, 2004)
    • 특정연구개발사업 등 연구성과의 체계적 관리방안에 관한 연구(공저, 과학기술부, 2004)
    • 벤처기업 M&A 활성화를 위한 금융제도 연구(공저, 한국기술거래소, 2003)



  • 2000
Admitted to bar, Korea
  • 2004
Admitted to patent bar, Korea


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