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The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) is planning to offer an accelerated examination option for applications related to the "Fourth Industrial Revolution". This expedited examination will be available for inventions in seven core technological fields such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, cognitive robotics, Big Data and cloud computing. This new expedited examination would reduce the pendency period from currently 16.4 months to only 5.7 months and is planned to be introduced within the first half of 2018.
For further information, please refer to KIPO's news section (in Korean only)..