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Andrew Choung is a Partner and Head of Patent and Technology Practice in Glaser Weil’s Intellectual Property practice group, specializing in patent litigation. Mr. Choung’s practice and experience runs the gamut of IP law, with a primary focus on high-tech, complex patent litigation and strategic counseling, including the development of both assertion and non-assertion monetization programs, and AIA proceedings such as IPRs, CBMs and PGRs. He also advises clients on patent portfolio development, patent acquisitions and licensing, and IP due diligence. With a footprint in both the U.S. and Asia, Mr. Choung also has experience in assisting and counseling clients on cross-border matters, including multi-country patent enforcement.
Mr. Choung's technical and industry experience spans a variety of high-tech fields, including telecommunications technologies, display & display materials technologies, semiconductors & semiconductor manufacturing equipment, automotive and aeronautical technologies, software, internet technologies, business and financial methods, PC games, and virtual worlds and assets. Mr. Choung is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
In addition to authoring and co-authoring articles on intellectual property laws, Mr. Choung is a frequent speaker on patent defense, monetization and development topics. He has addressed intellectual property issues at conferences presented by the Korean Association for Intellectual Property Services and the International Association of Korean Lawyers.
Before joining Glaser Weil, Mr. Choung was a shareholder and founding member of the Echelon Law Group, PC, a boutique specializing in patent litigation and monetization programs. Prior to founding Echelon, Mr. Choung practiced at prestigious law firms in both the U.S. and Korea, including Irell & Manella LLP, Sidley Austin LLP and Kim & Chang. He has the unique experience of practicing in the legal systems of two of the leading intellectual property countries in the world. Mr. Choung is admitted to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern districts of California and permanently admitted to practice in U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas.
Representative Litigation Matters
Condatis v. Arcturus, et al: Secured vacatur of multi-million dollar judgment against Korean marine electronics company and dismissal of infringement claims involving marine GPS technologies.
Dexcowin Global, Inc. v. Aribex, Inc.(pending): Representing Korean manufacturer of x-ray devices in patent declaratory judgment action.
Datatreasury v. Remitco, et al and Datatreasury v. Wells Fargo, et al: Defended several banks and financial institutions against claims of infringement involving various checking imaging patents.
DTS Inc. v. Nero AG: Defended client against claims of trademark, copyright and trade secret violations in conjunction with a breach of a license agreement lawsuit.
Foundton, Co., Ltd. v. Naschem Co., Ltd. et al: Won summary judgment of noninfringement for a Korean manufacturer of outdoor activity equipment and supplies against three patents directed to clip-lights.
Freedom Scientific v. HIMS: Defended client against claims of infringement over patent for visual aid device.
JVC Kenwood Corp. v. ArcSoft Inc., et al: Won summary judgment of noninfringement of nine JVC Kenwood optical disc patents for client Nero, based on patent exhaustion, including successfully moving to strike JVC’s 96-page expert declaration as inconsistent with its infringement contentions.
KAIST IP US LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., LTD., et al (pending): Representing a university-based licensing entity in a patent-assertion action over FinFET technology.
Locata LBS LLC v. YP.com, et al: Represented licensing entity in enforcement of location-based triggering technology.
M Seven System v. Leap Wireless et al: Represented Korean mobile device developer in dispute over misappropriation of trade secrets.
Markets-Alert Pty Ltd. v. The Charles Schwab Corp., et al: Represented licensing entity in its assertion of trading and market-related technology.
Mednovus Inc., et al v. Qinetiq Ltd, et al: Represented manufacturer of MRI safety devices in dispute over ferromagnetic detection technology.
Polystak v. Entorian: Represented client in declaratory judgment action against licensing entity, including a successful reexamination against the asserted patent.
SPH America, LLC v. Acer, Inc. et al and SPH America, LLC v. Apple, Inc. et al: Represented licensing entity in its assertion of CDMA related patents sourced from a renowned Korean research institute.
Tsera, LLC v. Apple, Inc. et al: Represented Korean MP3 company in defense of infringement claims involving MP3 technologies.
Wiav Networks v. 3Com, et al: Represented licensing entity in its assertion of core WiFi standard-essential patents.
WiAV Solutions, LLC v. Motorola, Inc. et al & WiAV Solutions LLC v. RIM, Ltd. et al: Represented licensing entity in its assertion of 3G and GSM standard-essential patents.
Representative Transactional Matters
Represented leading research university in multiple license-out deals relating to imaging software and bio-adhesive technologies; counseled universities on development of patent mining and monetization programs.
Negotiated technology transfer and licensing deal on behalf of Internet start-up company.
Advised and assisted various clients in patent acquisition strategies for semiconductor, electronics and automotive technologies.
Law360 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board
America Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
International Association Korean Lawyers (IAKL)
Honors & Awards
"Enforcing Your Patent Rights (Part 2)," Korea Daily, KOTRA Intellectual Property Column, October 11, 2017
"Enforcing Your Patent Rights (Part 1)," Korea Daily, KOTRA Intellectual Property Column, October 4, 2017
“Seeking Attorneys' Fee in Litigation," KOTRA LA IP Desk, September 26, 2016
“Claim Construction of Patent Litigation in the United States," KOTRA LA IP Desk, August 22, 2016
"Half a year since Octane," November 3, 2014
"Estoppel effects of post-grant patent proceedings under the AIA," July 28, 2014
"Comparison of Post Grant Proceedings Between The United States and Korea,” 2013 US-Korea Law Journal: “K-Law” in comparison with U.S. Law, p 59-84 (July 2013)
“Korea: Enforcing Your Patent Rights,” Managing Intellectual Property, Innovation and Invention Focus 2004 Korea, 2004
“Overview of Korean IP Laws,” Building and Enforcing Intellectual Property Value, An International Guide for the Boardroom, 2004
“How to Secure Business Method Patents in Korea,” Managing Intellectual Property, Korea Special Focus, 2003
"Impressions v. Lexmark: Patent Exhaustion Doctrine,” Korea Electronics Association (KEA) Seminar on US Supreme Court Decisions of the First Half of 2017, October 19, 2017
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) 2016 Spring Meeting, May 2016: Closing Plenary Session: Conflicts of Interest: How to Avoid Landing on the Alligator's Head
6th Annual IP Strategy Seminar Hosted by Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) Los Angeles Office, October 2015: U.S. Patent Litigation: Basic Guide and Strategies
US-Korea Law Foundation (UKLF), 2015 US-Korea Law Day: Basic Civil Laws of Korea for US Lawyers, Properties, Contract & Torts Panel
US-Korea Law Foundation (UKLF), 2013 US-Korea Law Day: Many Faces of US -Korea IP Issues Panel (Comparison of Post Grant Proceedings Between The United States and Korea)
International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), 2012 Los Angeles Conference, IP Monetization Panel
International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), 2010 Chicago Conference, IP Monetization Panel
Korean Association for Intellectual Property Services (KAIPS), Emerging IP Service 2010