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Mincheol KIMPartner, Patent Attorney

Dr. Kim is a founding partner of GV IP Law Firm. He has extensive experience in the field of electrical engineering, including telecommunications, computer science, semiconductors, medical devices and home appliances. Dr. Kim provides advice on all aspects of patent protection from taking full advantage of all invention disclosures to registration and management of patents. He is also fluent in English, Japanese, and Chinese with a strong global network of professional contacts. Dr. Kim is the first non-Chinese PhD graduate from Beijing University School of Law in Intellectual Property. In his spare time, Dr. Kim enjoys playing the piano, especially Chopin.


  • KAIST, Electrical Engineering; B.S.
  • KAIST, Visual Communications; M.S.
  • Yonsei University Graduate School at Law, Intellectual Property; LL.M
  • Beijing University School of Law, Intellectual Property; PhD (Early graduation, Full scholarship)

Professional Experience (20 years)

  • Advisory Committee Member of KIBO (Korea Technology Finance Corporation)
  • Patent System Committee Member of KPAA
  • Director of APAA Korea Group
  • Expert Commissioner of Court
  • APAA Delegator in WIPO Meetings
  • Director of AIPPI Korea Group
  • Vice President of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies IP protection committee
  • Co-Chair of APAA Patent Committee




  • Layered video stream control using display time buffer (KAIST) (2001)
  • Principle of Superfluity Establishing on Patent Infringement Litigation of China (Yonsei University) (2010)
  • Can a Patentee Obtain a Loan on the Security of a Patent in Korea? (The Daily NNA, Japan) (2011)
  • Study on Recent Cases Regarding Patent Eligibility of Computer-Related Inventions in Japan (Intellectual Property 21, KIPO) (2011)
  • Software Protection in Korea (The Daily NNA, Japan) (2011)
  • Grace Period in Japan and Korea (IP Prism, Japan) (2014)
  • Review of Patent Publication System (Best Essays of 2015 ACPAA IP Forum, China) (2015)
  • Review of Korean Patent Court (Technology and Law, China) (2015)
  • Interpretation of PBP Claims (Best Reviews of 2015 Case Law Review Competition, KIPO) (2015)
  • Comparative Study on IP Court (Beijing University IP Review 2014, China) (2016)
  • Overview on Objectivity for Reviewing Patent Inventive Step (Beijing University) (2017)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Patents (AIPPI, Co-author) (2023)


  • IAM Global Leaders (2024)
  • IAM 300 World’s Leading IP Strategists (2023)
  • Excellence Award winner at the 2015 IP Essay Contest of All China Patent Attorney Association (2015)
  • KIPO Commissioner Prize winner at the 2015 Case Law Review Competition (2015)
  • First place winner at the 2014 China PhD Student IP Essay Contest (2014)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Trend of Guidelines and Cases on Electronic Invention in Japan” (2010; KPAA)
  • "Recent Cases Regarding Patentable Subject Matter in Japan” (2011; KIPO)
  • “Harmonization on Patent System” (2013; the 1st JPO-SIPO-KIPO Trilateral Symposium as a delegator of KPAA)
  • “Control of IP Protection Level” (2015; Beijing University Graduate Students Forum)
  • “2nd Medical Use in Korea” (2015; the 5th China IP Symposium)
  • “IP system in Korea” (2017; the AIPPI Trilateral Meeting)
  • “Missing Parts on User Perspective” (2018; WIPO PCT Working Group Meeting)
  • “IP Protection on Korean Medicine” (2019; WFCMS IP Protection Committee)

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