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In 2013, the Korean Patent Office (KIPO) revised 17
regulations to make patent administration procedures easier and more
user-friendly. The revisions are part of the governments' project "advancement
of the system to acquire, implement and protect intellectual property rights".
The amendments include, among others, the following provisions:
- free of charge online
service for the re-issue of patent certificates
- automatic registration of
address changes by linking KIPO's databases with the governments' address
information system. The aim of this revision is to avoid the lapse of
patents because to the fact that the patent owner could not be contacted after
he/she had changed residence
- new regulations for patent
right transfers. If an application for a transfer of a patent right
includes any mistakes, the patent owner may correct these mistakes simply
by filing amendments but does not need to submit a new request against
extra fees any longer
For further information, also on further revised
regulations, please refer to KIPO
news of 3 December 2013 and KIPO's related online
presentation in Youtube (both in Korean only).