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Korean Attorney

So Young LEE

Ms. So Young Lee is a partner in the IP & Technology Group, and mainly advises and represents clients in IP/ICT and R&D issues. While providing advice and representation to the leading entertainment, ICT, and media companies in Korea, she has covered legal issues related to the media, ICT and entertainment industry, such as copyright and IP right, personal information, and FinTech.

She is one of the few attorneys in Korea who has provided advice and representation on legal issues related to national R&D projects, such as sanctions including restriction on participation, royalty, fraud and misconduct in research, trade secret infringement, and joint cross-border research. She has also been involved in various projects and committees to reform laws, regulations and systems related to national R&D projects.

She is also actively engaged in alleviation and reformation of the regulations by participating in various committees and giving advice on matters such as reformation of the existing administrative regulations, enhancement of the legal system, and granting of regulatory exceptions especially in the areas of science and technology which does not have an established legal system yet, such as autonomous driving and artificial intelligence, as well as new industries such as the sharing economy. 

Education Close

  • 1998Yonsei University (LL.B.)

Experience Close

  • 2014-PresentPartner, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2021-PresentMember, Sanction Review Committee, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
  • 2021-PresentAdvisor, Gyeonggi-do Artificial Intelligence Policy Advisory Group
  • 2020-PresentLegal Counsel, K-New Deal Task Force, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • 2020-PresentAuditor, Next-Generation Smart Semiconductor Board
  • 2020-PresentCivilian Member, Committee on Artificial Intelligence Legislation, Ministry of Science and ICT
  • 2019-PresentExpert Advisor, Local Policy Subcommittee, SME Policy Council, Ministry of SMEs and Startups
  • 2019-PresentMember, Business and Human Rights Committee, Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology
  • 2017-PresentLegal Counsel, Ministry of Science and ICT
  • 2015-PresentAuditor, The Hope Institute
  • 2015-PresentMember, R&D Project Assessment Committee for Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning
  • 2020Director, Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology
  • 2019-2021Civilian Member, Regulation Reform Committee, Ministry of Science and ICT
  • 2019-2021Consultant on Legal System for Regulation-Free Special Zone Designation Plan, Ministry of SMEs and Startups
  • 2019-2021Civilian Member, Expert Committee on Regulation Exceptions, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
  • 2019-2021Civilian Member, Positive Administration Support Committee, Ministry of Science and ICT
  • 2019-2021Member, Regulation-Free Special Zone Deliberation Committee, Ministry of SMEs and Startups
  • 2018-2021Chairperson (11th and 12th), Defamation Dispute Mediation Division, Korea Communications Standards Commission
  • 2018-2021Member, Korea Communications Standards Commission
  • 2014-2015Member, Legal System Subcommittee, Female R&D Resources Employment Forum
  • 2011-2014Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology
  • 2010-2011Lecturer, Graduate School of Mass-Communication of Chung-Ang University
  • 2008-2017Instructor for Copyright, Korea Copyright Commission
  • 2006-2008Advisor, The Hope Institute
  • 2005Advisor, Digital Contents Distribution Council
  • 2004-2011Partner, JIPYONG
  • 2002-2004Associate, Wuhyun Law Firm Partner
  • 2000-2002Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea

Honors and Recognitions Close

  • 2021Commendation from the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy (for the contribution to Pohang earthquake aid work)
  • 2019, 2021Leading Lawyer in TMT Practice, Legal Times
  • 2020Commendation from the Minister of Science and ICT
  • 2019Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Practice, Legal Times

Speaking Engagements and Publications Close

  • 2020. 6.Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code (co-translated), Miraebook
  • 2015. 4.Research on Systematization of Systems related to Environmental Technology Development Projects and Preparation of Efficient Management Plan, Joint Lead Researcher
  • 2015. 2.Research on Simplification Plan for Industrial Technology R&D Regulations
  • 2013. 6.Review of Regulation System for National R&D Projects, Legislation, Issue 660
  • 2011Research on Draft Legislation for Supporting Generic Manufacturing Technology for SMEs (Jipyong Jisung)
  • Lecture on 'Copyright E-Learning for Game Industry Workers', Copyright Academy, Korea Copyright Commission
  • 2010. 7.Study on Improvement of Statutes/Systems related to R&D Projects (Jipyong Jisung), Ministry of Knowledge Economy
  • 2007Specification of Scope of Victims in Defamation by Press Report, Rule of Media and Law, Parkyoungsa
  • 2004Applicability of Return of Short-Swing Profits under the Securities and Exchange Act with respect to Sale of Shares by a Shareholder which Failed to Take Over Management through Hostile Takeover, Good Corporate Governance, Vol. 13, Center for Good Corporate Governance

Bar Admissions & Qualifications Close

  • 2002Korea

Languages Close

Korean / English