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Patent Term Extension in Korea

January 14 2020 The Korean patent term extension (PTE) system is comparable to the provision of supplementary protection certificates (SPC) in Europe. Like SPCs, the…

South Korea - Recognition of Digital (Electronic) Signatures

June 23 2020 The Korean Intellectual Property Office (“KIPO”) has recently published amended guidelines concerning digital identification, according to which…

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) in Korea: FAQs

January 13 2020 Since the introduction of the US-Korea PPH pilot in 2008, we have received various and wide-ranging questions regarding PPH implementation, inclu…

Korean customs strengthen provisions for tackling counterfeits

September 18 2019 There have been a number of significant changes at the Korean Customs Service ("KCS") in the last 12 months, with amendments to the Guidelines for…

Software-related Korean Patent Act Amendment (from March 2020)

January 17 2020 While software is automatically afforded copyright protection at the time of creation without the need for any special procedures, copyright…

Design law amendment to cover projected image designs

June 7 2021 With the advancement of technology, projected displays are becoming increasingly commonplace. A new amendment to the Design Protection Act which…

Strengthened provisions for keeping designs secret

April 19 2021 Unlike patent applications, which are published in full after a fixed period to prevent redundant research and investment, the details of design…

Trademark infringement theory - innocent or infringing?

April 12 2021 Where an application for a trademark which is substantially similar to a prior registered trademark is successful, does the use of the later filed…

Notable changes to trademark practice

March 22 2021 The Korean Intellectual Property Office recently updated the Trademark Examination Guidelines, the Similar Goods Examination Guidelines and the…

Patent Court takes issue with ex officio examination of trial request validity

January 25 2021 If an invention subject to confirmation is identical to a later-registered patent, a request for a scope confirmation trial will be considered…