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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.