Amendments to Articles 4, 19, 23 and 31 of the Intellectual Property Case Adjudication Act, plus the addition of a new Article 10-1, were passed by way of Third Reading during a session of the Legislative Assembly held on May 20, 2014. The Act was promulgated by Presidential Order on June 4, 2014. The main amendments are as follows:
- To broaden the scope of the official duties of a technical examination officer: The amended Article 4 broadens the scope of the official duties of a technical examination officer. That is, the court may, whenever necessary, order a technical examination officer to provide assistance with respect to procedures for injunctions or enforcement.
- To strengthen the protection of trade secrets: In cases of misappropriation of trade secrets, when the plaintiff has clearly explained the facts underlying its allegations of trade secret misappropriation, the court shall compel a defendant to provide a concrete defense as to the reasons for its denial; otherwise the court may, depending on an examination of the circumstances, deem the plaintiff’s allegations as fact.
- To Confirm the Intellectual Property Court's exclusive jurisdiction as the court of second instance in intellectual property cases: The amended Article 19 expressly provides that a party who wishes to appeal against the judgment of the first instance in cases involving intellectual property disputes should do so with the IP Court.