The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has further enlarged the scope of design applications which fall under the "Non-Substantive Examination System" (NSES). The NSES covers mostly fashion-related items with a short life cycle such as clothing, shoes or jewelery. They are exempt from substantial examination and thus can be registered much faster than other designs.
Since January 2011, KIPO has initiated various measures to further promote this speedy registration system:
For further information, please refer to KIPO news of 11 February 2011 (in Korean only).