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From 1 July 2012 on, patent or utility applications which do not meet the formal requirements will no longer be automatically rejected. If the applicant submits the missing documents within one month from receiving a request from KIPO, the application remains in force from the original filing date on.
Until now, incorrect or incomplete applications were rejected so that the applicant had to file his application again, loosing the original earlier filing day.
For further information, please refer to KIPO news of 24 December 2011 (in Korean only).