Kenneth S. Korea

Kenneth S. Korea

Attorney, Arbitrator & Mediator
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Business Law
  • California, Florida
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Biography

Ken is a transactions attorney, arbitrator and mediator with 29 years of experience in intellectual property licensing, litigation, and technology transactions. He practiced at leading US law firms and served as Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics as the head of the Silicon Valley IP Office from 2011 to 2021.

Ken has handled more than two hundred IP litigation matters, negotiated numerous patent licenses including three of the largest patent cross license agreements, and helped clients to acquire companies ranging from startups to a multibillion dollar company. He was also extensively involved in SEP and FRAND disputes involving some of the largest SEP licensors and licensees while at Samsung.

Ken currently serves as an arbitrator for American Arbitration Association (AAA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International and as a neutral for World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center. He also serves as a Judge Pro Tem and Settlement Conference Officer for San Francisco Superior Court and as a Settlement Mentor for Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Ken received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, where he was on the editorial board for Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Before entering private practice, Ken served as a judicial law clerk to a federal judge and then as a federal prosecutor in N.D. Fla. where he tried more than 50 cases as first chair.

Education
Cornell Univ
Undergraduate Degree
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Northwestern University School of Law
Law Degree
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Professional Experience
Panel Arbitrator (Commercial & Consumer Panels)
American Arbitration Association
- Current
Settlement Mentor
Contra Costa County Superior Court ADR Panel
- Current
Arbitrator
Korea Commercial Arbitration Board International
- Current
Mediator
Alameda County Superior Court ADR Panel
- Current
Prinicipal
Colev Law
- Current
Ken is an internationally recognized arbitrator, mediator and neutral with close to thirty years of leading law firm and in-house experience in corporate/commercial transactions and litigation practices. He focuses on business contract disputes, technology, intellectual property, patent, trademark and trade secret matters. He has handled a wide array of mediation and arbitration matters and serves on the panels of the leading mediation and arbitral bodies in the US, Asia and Europe, such as American Arbitration Association (AAA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center. He also serves as a Judge Pro Tem and Settlement Conference Officer for San Francisco Superior Court. Ken is a founding member of California Arbitration (CalArb) and a member of Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC).
Neutral
World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration & Mediation Center
- Current
Judge Pro Tem
San Francisco Superior Court
- Current
Settlement Conference Officer
San Francisco Superior Court
- Current
Arbitrator
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
- Current
Senior Vice President & Head of Silicon Valley IP Office
Samsung Electronics
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Principal
Kapria Law Firm
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Partner
Dechert LLP
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Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
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Partner
McDermott Will & Emery
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Of Counsel
Brobeck Phleger & Harrison
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Associate
Skjerven Morrill MacPherson Franklin & Friel
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Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office
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Judicial Law Clerk
United States District Court
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Professional Associations
Cailfornia Arbitration
Founding Member
Current
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Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center
Member
Current
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Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 200060
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Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: inactive
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Practice Areas
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions
Additional Practice Area
  • Commercial Transactions & Technology Licensing
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Korean: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Colev Law
Los Gatos
101 S. Santa Cruz Ave #888
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Toll-Free: (408) 712-2045