Lee International

Yoon Suk SHIN

Senior Partner / Patent Attorney

Yoon Suk Shin is a senior patent attorney with a full range of experience prosecuting patent applications before the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, biochemistry and pharmaceuticals. She has extensive experience handling patent litigation matters before the Korean courts in the fields of pharmaceuticals, material and chemical process, and advises clients on technology transfers and licensing agreements. She also has assisted and represented various clients in pharmaceutical regulatory matters with administrative bodies including the Patent and Marketing Approval Linkage System. This broad mix of experience provides a solid foundation for her effective representations of multinational corporations.

Prior to joining Lee International IP & Law, Ms. Shin worked at leading Korean law firms, including Kim & Chang from 1998 to 2001 and First Law Lee & Ko from 2001 to 2003. She also worked at Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC in the United States (2006).

Ms. Shin graduated from Seoul National University with B.S. and M.A. degrees in biotechnology. She also studied intellectual property law at the Franklin Pierce Center for IP Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in the United States (M.I.P., 2006). She is fluent in Korean and English, and she has a professional working knowledge of Japanese.

Ms. Shin presented IP protection in Korea at the BIO IPCC (BIO Intellectual Property Counsel Conference) in the United States in 2010 and 2011 and addressed the Patent Term Extension System in Korea at the AIPPI Congress in Seoul in 2012. Further, She moderated the session “Patentability of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Inventions” at the 2013 Korea – US Intellectual Property Judicial Conference in Korea. In 2018, She participated in the panel discussion of “Drafting applications in Asia” organized by APEG of the EPO. She also participated in a panel discussion of “Patent Linkage” organized by the Pharma Committee of AIPPI in the 2019 AIPPI World Congress. She is a member of the Pharma Committee of AIPPI and the International Subcommittee of the Biotechnology Committee, AIPLA.

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Practice Area

  • Prosecution of patent applications and patent term extension applications

  • Handling inter partes and ex parte trials before the IPTAB

  • Representing clients before the Patent Court and the Supreme Court

  • Supporting litigation before the District Courts

  • Patent Linkage System, regulatory approvals, data exclusivity

  • Negotiating technology transfers and licensing

  • Biotechnology, biology

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Chemistry, biochemistry


  • University of New Hampshire - Franklin Pierce IP Law Center, U.S. (M.I.P., 2006)

  • Seoul National University (M.S., Biology, 1992)

  • Seoul National University (B.S., Biology, 1990)


  • Lee International IP & Law (2007~Present)

  • First Law Lee & Ko (2001~2003)

  • Kim & Chang (1998~2001)


  • Passed USPTO Patent Bar (2006)

  • Admitted as a Korean Patent & Trademark Attorney (1997)


  • Korean Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA)

  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)

Publications / Presentations

  • The Intellectual Property Review - Korea Chapter (2019)

  • Getting The Deal Through: Patents - Korea Chapter (2017)

  • Past, present and future of pharmaceutical patents under Korea-US Trade Agreement, Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst (vol. 13) (2016)

  • Kluwer Law - Second Medical Use Patents - Chapter Korea (2016)


  • Languages : Korean, English, Japanese

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