Senior Advisor / Patent Attorney
Shanghi Rhee is a senior advisor of Lee International IP & Law. He is a former minister of Science & Technology of Korea and a patent attorney. Before joining the firm, Dr. Rhee served as President of the Korean Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA) from 2004 to 2006. Dr. Rhee was a member of the Korean Assembly (11th, 12th, 15th, 16th), Minister of Science & Technology and Chairman of the Presidential Council on Science and Technology.
Additionally, Dr. Rhee served as a consultant of the Korean Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), advisor of the Korean Invention Patent Association, Chief Director of the Korea Institute of Machinery and Metal, Chairman of the Korea Invention Promotion Association and President of the Korean Society for the Gifted. In 1995, he was appointed Distinguished Professor of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Dr. Rhee received his Ph. D. from Seoul National University School of Pharmacy. He passed the national examination to qualify as a patent attorney in 1973. In 1976, he studied and researched at Georgetown University Law School, where he majored in patent law, antitrust and unfair competition. Dr. Rhee taught at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1981. He received an Order of Merit Service Blue Stripes (1st grade prize for public services) in 1990.
In September 2005, Dr. Rhee was elected as President of the Trim & Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA). He also serves as President of the Korea Association of Cyber Education and Chairman of Young Astronauts Korea.