Franklin D. Kang

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Practices
Industries
International
Education
  • Cornell University Law School, JD, Notes Editor, Cornell Law Review, 1997
  • University of California Los Angeles, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Affiliations

Executive Committee and Member, Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Board of Directors, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA), 2009-2011

Co-Chair, Patent Litigation Committees, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section (ABA-IPL), 2004-2009

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Member, International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL)

Member, Korean American Bar Association (KABA)

Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

Languages
  • Korean
  • English

Mr. Kang's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling for Korea-based and other Asia-based clients, including electronics and life science companies. He has particular expertise in patent litigation before U.S. federal courts and the International Trade Commission, as well as other intellectual property disputes and complex international arbitration matters.

Mr. Kang heads McGuireWoods’ Korea practice and serves as a relationship partner and counselor to various Korea-based clients in vital cross-border litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Kang is a native Korean speaker and has represented Korean clients in dozens of depositions, hearings, trials and other court or arbitral proceedings, as well as negotiations, transactions and investigations.

Throughout the past two decades, Mr. Kang has successfully litigated some of the most significant and high-profile patent cases and complex arbitration matters in recent years, in addition to overseeing as a relationship partner numerous cross-border and other transactional related matters.

Mr. Kang has been honored repeatedly as a Super Lawyer in the field of intellectual property litigation. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and has served as a board member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) and as a co-chair of numerous patent litigation subcommittees of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL). He has also been honored as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been a member of the Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), Korean American Bar Association (KABA) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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Representation of a Korea-based manufacturer of point-of-service printers in a key competitor-to-competitor patent litigation matter (C.D. Cal.).

Successful dismissal of a telecommunications carrier client in defense of a patent infringement suit involving MMS and ringtone functionalities (E.D. Tex.).

Representation of a telecommunications carrier client in a patent infringement suit involving LTE related technologies (D. Del.).

Representation of a telecommunications carrier client in a patent infringement suit involving Wi-Fi, CDMA, GSM, and handset technologies (S.D. Cal).

Representation of a telecommunications carrier client in a patent infringement suit involving LTE and handset technologies (E.D. Tex.).

Representation of the largest Korea-based manufacturer of LEDs (light emitting diodes) in a key competitor-to-competitor patent litigation matter.

Representation of a significant Korea-based conglomerate in a highly publicized bid to acquire a professional baseball team located in Los Angeles.

Representation of one of the largest manufacturers of plasma display panels (PDPs) in the world, a Korea-based high-tech company, in several high-profile suits against a significant competitor involving 19 patents-in-suit.

Final determination of non-infringement in defense of a supplier of integrated circuits used for backlighting displays in a major competitor-to-competitor ITC litigation.

Jury verdict of more than $184 million in a seminal patent infringement case on behalf of one of America’s most distinguished research universities.

Exclusion order from the ITC barring importation of various competitive products found to infringe the patents of a leading biometric solutions client.

Trial victory of a complex multinational arbitration relating to orthopedic and spinal biologics technology and award of more than $80 million, in addition to preserving exclusive ownership of all IP rights, on behalf of a biomedical company owned by a Korea-based conglomerate.

Judgment of dismissal with prejudice on eve of a significant competitor-to-competitor patent trial, pursuant to a broad covenant not to sue, in defense of a high-performance semiconductor company, as well as an award of attorneys’ fees of $9.4 million against the competitor.

Named to “Southern California Super Lawyers,” Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2016

Author, "Claims of Inequitable Conduct in Light of Exergen Corp. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.," Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, May 2010
Author, "International Arbitration of Patent Disputes: When, How and Why," Global Intellectual Asset Management Report, Vol. 9., No. 11, November 2007
Speaker, "Successful Strategies for Litigation or Settling IP Cases and Minimizing the Costs of IP Litigation," In-House Counsel Forum Korea (IHCF) Jeju Workshop, September 2015
Speaker, "Latest Developments in Patent Litigation and Legislation in the U.S.," In-House Counsel Forum Korea (IHCF) Spring Academy, April 2014
Speaker, "New Challenges in Managing IP Litigation," 5th Annual Medical Device and Life Sciences Conference: Innovation, Investing and Regulatory Issues,, November 2013
Speaker, "Risks and Strategic Considerations in Intellectual Property Litigation for Korea-Based Companies," 2013 Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) Intellectual Property & Business Strategy Forum, June 2013
Speaker, "Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases Involving Intellectual Property Law," In-House Counsel Forum Korea (IHCF) Spring Academy, April 2013
Speaker, "Strategic Considerations in ITC Patent Litigation for Korea-Based Companies," International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL) Annual Convention, September 2012
Speaker, "Depositions in Korea in Aid of U.S. Court Proceedings," U.S.-Korea Law Forum, July 2012
Speaker, "Implications of Recent U.S. Patent Developments for Korea-Based Life Sciences Companies," Global Bio & Medical Forum, June 2012
Speaker, "Hot Issues in Cross-Border M&A/JV for Korea-Based Companies," In-House Counsel Forum Korea Spring Academy, April 2012
Speaker, "But It’s Only a Drop in the Bucket! Closing Arguments and JMOL Hearing Arguments in a Mock Patent Infringement Case," Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court Meeting, November 2011
Speaker, "The Law, Economics and Business of Patent Infringement Damages in an Era of Innovation & Global Competition," 22nd Annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, November 2010
Chair, "Intellectual Property Spring Seminar," co-sponsored by LAIPLA, State Bar of California IP Section and other IP organizations, June 2009
Speaker, "Emerging Trends in Global Intellectual Property Litigation," American Chamber of Commerce in Korea Legal Affairs Seminar, January 2009
Speaker, "Deposition Techniques and Strategies in Intellectual Property Litigation," 19th Annual National Asian Pacific Bar Association Convention, November 2007