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