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Korean Attorney

Seung Soo CHOI

Mr. Seung Soo Choi is a partner in the IT & Technology Team. He has successfully advised and represented bio/pharmaceutical/healthcare clients based on his experience of more than 20 years in the field of IP, information and telecommunications, and broadcasting and media. His areas of specialty include public affairs and media risk management, which he has pioneered.

As a legal advisor to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, he provides advice on various issues including culture and arts, sports, tourism, and regulation of speculative industry such as casinos. As a legal advisor to the National Information Society Agency, he is also well-versed in the areas of data privacy and public contracts/R&D. Further, he is actively engaged in the field of inheritance, family law and family business succession including international inheritance. 

Currently, he teaches at Chung-Ang University Law School on laws related to gambling, international entertainment, motion pictures, art, data privacy, communications, and media. He also serves as: a mediator on the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; a member of the State Contract Dispute Mediation Committee; a member of the Content Dispute Resolution Committee; a member of the Korea Copyright Commission, Vice President of the Korean Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, and President of the Korea Computer Game Law Association.

Education Close

  • 2007Completed Fair Trade Expert Course at Seoul National University School of Law
  • 2004University of Pennsylvania (LL.M.)
  • 1989Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Experience Close

  • 2001-PresentPartner, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2021-PresentLegal Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • 2021-PresentExpert, Health Data Deliberation Committee, Korea Health Information Service
  • 2021-PresentMember, Korea Antidoping Appeals Commission
  • 2020-PresentCo-writer, LawnB Onju (Personal Information Protection Act)
  • 2020-PresentMember, Active Administrative Committee, Ministry of National Defense
  • 2020-PresentMember, the Committee on Management of Qualifying Examination for Medical Devices RA Experts, National Institute of Medical Device Safety Information
  • 2020-PresentMember, Committee of Preliminary Examination of Administrative Disposition, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
  • 2020-PresentChairman, Jeju Casino Supervisory Committee
  • 2019-PresentLegal Advisor, Government Employees Pension Service
  • 2019-PresentLegal Advisor, Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service
  • 2019-PresentLegal Advisor, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
  • 2019-PresentMember, Information Disclosure Deliberation Committee, Prosecutors Office Ministry of National Defense
  • 2019-PresentMember, Biological Resources ABS Legal Aid Group
  • 2019-PresentLegal Advisor, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • 2018-PresentMember, the Review Committee for Resident’s Audit Request under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • 2018-PresentMember, the Advisory Panel for Improvement of Unfair Practice at the Contents Fairness & Partnership Center under Korea Creative Content Agency
  • 2018-PresentAuditor, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company
  • 2017-PresentAdvisor for Contents Business at the Global Business Consultation Center under Korea Creative Content Agency
  • 2017-PresentInternational Arbitrator, KCAB INTERNATIONAL
  • 2016-PresentVice President, Korean Intellectual Property Lawyer Association
  • 2016-PresentMember, Korea Copyright Protection Agency
  • 2016-PresentLegal Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • 2016-PresentVice President, Association of Content Property for Next Generation
  • 2016-PresentChairman, Korea Game Law Association
  • 2016-PresentInstructor for Copyright, Korea Copyright Commission
  • 2015-PresentArbitrator, Korea-EU Cultural Cooperation Committee
  • 2014-PresentLegal Advisor, Ministry of Justice for Korean Small-and-Medium Enterprises in the Overseas
  • 2014-PresentMember, Legal Advisory Group on International Investment and Intellectual Property Right, Ministry of Justice
  • 2011-PresentAdjunct Professor, Law School, chung-ang University
  • 2010-PresentArbitrator, Korea Commercial Arbitration Board
  • 2021Expert Member, Medical Devices Committee, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
  • 2018Member, Sports Arbitration Lawyer Group for Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Korean Bar Association
  • 2017-2018Member, State Contract Dispute Mediation Committee, Ministry of Strategy and Finance
  • 2016-2019Personal Information Protection Level Examiner, National Information Society Agency
  • 2016-2018Adjunct Professor, Techno Business, Yonsei Graduate School of Engineering
  • 2015-2020Member, Content Dispute Resolution Committee
  • 2015-2020Advisor, Global Contents Center at Korea Creative Content Agency
  • 2015-2018Trial Counsel, Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal
  • 2015-2018Vice President, Association of Content Property for Next Generation
  • 2014-2017Vice Chairman, The Korean Arbitrators Association
  • 2014-2016Chairman, IT Law Policy Sub-Committee at Korean Bar Association
  • 2014-2016Education Director, Korean Bar Association
  • 2013-2015Outside Director, Korea Music Copyright Association
  • 2011-2018Adjunct Professor, Law School, Hanyang University
  • 2010-2017Vice President, Korea Entertainment Law Society
  • 2010-2011Lecturer, Law School, Dongguk University
  • 2009-2016Lecturer, Law School, Yonsei University
  • 2008-2016Member, Rated reclassification Advisory Committee, Game Rating Board
  • 2008-2010Member, Korean Film Commission, Regulation Review Subcommittee
  • 1996Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea

Honors and Recognitions Close

  • 2017, 2019, 2021Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Practice, Legal Times
  • 2017, 2019, 2021Leading Lawyer in TMT Practice, Legal Times
  • 2018. 12.Commendation from Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    (for contribution to development of cultural industry)

Speaking Engagements and Publications Close

  • 2021“If a character sings a song in a movie, does that infringe on the copyright of the song?” Copyrights Culture, Vol. 313, Korea Copyright Commission
  • 2021“Is it illegal to use Pandora’s Box Gaming Console?” Copyrights Culture, Vol. 320 (Korea Copyright Commission)
  • 2020“If a character sings a song in a movie, does that infringe on the copyright of the song?” Copyrights Culture, Vol. 313, Korea Copyright Commission
  • 2020International Jurisdiction for copyright infringement cases, Culture,
    Media and Entertainment Law Vol. 14, Issue 1 (Chung-Ang University)
  • 2019Developments in Legislation and Practice of Copyright Law, China-Korea IP & Competition Law Annual Report 2018 (China-Korea Market & Regulation Law Center)
  • 2019Broadening the Horizon in Copyright – Criteria of Judgment for Comprehensive Representation in Copyright Trust Management Business,
    C-Story, Vol. 18 (Korea Copyright Protection Agency)
  • 2018Developments in Legislation and Practice of Copyright Law, China-Korea
    IP & Competition Law Annual Report 2017 (China-Korea Market & Regulation Law Center)
  • 2018The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cybersecurity 2019
    - Korea Chapter (Global Legal Group)
  • 2018The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Copyright 2019
    - Korea Chapter (Global Legal Group)
  • 2018Getting the Deal Through: Data Protection & Privacy 2019
    - Korea Chapter (Law Business Research)
  • 2017Research on Perfection of Registration System under Copyright Law against Third Party, Joint Research (Korea Music Copyright Association)
  • 2017The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cybersecurity 2018
    - Korea Chapter (Global Legal Group)
  • 2017The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Copyright 2018
    - Korea Chapter (Global Legal Group)
  • 2017Design and Law: Practical Limitations and Improvement Plans for Design Protection (co-authored by Association of Content Property for Next Generation and Korea Design Law Society) (Chaeum Books)
  • 2017Rights of Database Producers under the Copyright Act with respect to
    Online Sites, Copyrights Culture, Vol. 270 (Korea Copyright Commission)
  • 2016Criteria for Judgment of Infringement upon Musical Works (Supreme Court Judgment 2013Da14828 rendered on Aug. 13, 2015), Informedia Law Precedents (II), pp. 290-296 (Korea Association for Informedia Law,
    June 24, 2016)
  • 2016Legal Issues with Music Band Names, Music Contents and Law
    (Music Content Law Research Society, Next Generation Content Property Society), (Chaeum Books)
  • 2015Copyright Issues in Spin-off Content, 「Copyrights Culture」 Vol. 255
    (Korea Copyright Commission)
  • 2015Film Business Contract Law (Jinwonsa)
  • 2014Significance of Aereo Decision for Copyright (Copyright Culture)
  • 2013Structure and Procedure of Hollywood Movie Financing, Culture,
    Media and Entertainment Law (Chung-Ang University)
  • 2013Status and Review of the Current Legal System for Takeoff of the Popular Music Industry (Popular Music SOUND)
  • 2012Trend of U.S. Precedents relating to the ‘Transformational Theory’ of Copyright Works, Internet Asking the Way
    (Korea Association for Informedia Law)
  • 2012Lesson from Eminem’s Royalty Case
    (Federation of Korean Music Performers News)
  • 2011Legal Issues on Music Band Names, (Vol. 15. No. 1)
    (Korea Association for Informedia Law)
  • 2009Study on legal issues and arbitrability of exclusive contract of entertainers (The Korean Association of Arbitration Studies (KAAS))
  • 2008Legal responsibilities over UCC video sharing website regarding its copyrights, Journal of Law Vol. 15. N0. 2. (Chosun University)
  • 2007Study on Plagiarism in TV Reality Show Format, Copyrights Culture vol. 156 (Korea Copyright Commission)
  • 2007Comparative Study on legal issues over film production contract of
    Korea and Japan (Korea Entertainment Law Society 1st Issue)
  • 2006Fair Trade Issues over so called ‘Ratio’, LAW & TECHNOLOGY Vol. 2. No. 5. (Center for Law & Technology, Seoul National University)
  • 2006Outline of Film Credits and Dispute Resolution Procedure, Human rights & Justice No.358 (Korean Bar Association)

Admissions/Qualifications Close

  • 1996Admitted in Korea

Languages Close

Korean / English / Japanese