Korea: KIPO announced comprehensive measures to further facilitate IP protection

The Korean Patent Office (KIPO) recently presented its "Measures to enhance the protection of creative ideas", a bundle of provisions to be implemented within the next two years in order to make the acquisition of IP rights easier for innovative idea holders. Some of the most important measures include the following:

  • liberalisation of filing formats to secure an early filing date, e.g. by permitting research papers or notes
  • admission of smartphone apps and mobile games as patentable inventions
  • change of the conditions for claiming an exception to public disclosure from "mandatory advance reporting when applying for patents" to "proving after patent application"
  • revision of the trade mark act: protection of products in use irrespective of how well known these products are

For further information, please refer to KIPO news of 18 November 2013 (in English).

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