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KIPO, Expansion and Reorganization of Examination Bureaus in Preparation for 4IR

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) expanded and reorganized the patent examination bureaus, including newly establishing the “Convergence Technology Examination Bureau,” which conducts accelerated examination for patent applications related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and biohealth. The patent examination...

Korea, Seventh in the World with Two Million Registered Patents

On July 9, 2019, the two-millionth patent was registered in Korea.  Further, Korea became the seventh country in the world behind the U.S., Japan, China, France, the U.K. and Germany to have two million registered patents after 73 years since the patent system was introduced in 1946.  The one-millionth patent registration (2010) was registered after 62 years from the first patent...

Korean Patent to be Recognized in Cambodia

Korean patent holders will be able to extend their rights to Cambodia, under a recently agreed cooperation program between Cambodian and Korean patent offices.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) of the Republic of Korea for the “Patent Recognition Program” was sig...

Patent

Korean Patent Application Trend

1) Patent applications in the field of the image recognition for vehicles have significantly increasedThe number of patent applications for image recognition technology for vehicles has been increasing significantly. Among those applications, especially the number of the applications filed by small and medium-sized companies has risen sharply since 2016. According to the Korean Intellectua...

Narcotic Drugs are Eligible for Patent Term Extension

The Korean Patent Court has recently ruled that patents for narcotic drugs are eligible for a patent term extension (Patent Court Case No. 2018 Heo 2243, issued on July 5, 2019 and finalized).  This ruling overturned the decision of the Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board, which held that narcotic drug-related patents cannot be subject to a patent term extension according to the p...

Trademark

Shape of Liquor Bottle Functions as Source Indicator of Goods

The plaintiff has imported Chinese liquor “Yantai Kaoliang” (“Subject Goods”) and has sold the Subject Goods in three different types of bottles, namely, 500 ml bottle, 250 ml bottle, and 125 ml bottle in Korea under an exclusive right to use the mark “烟台古酿酒” (Chinese characters pronounced as /yeon-tae-ko-lyang-ju/ in Korean; “Plaintiff’s Mark.”)  The element “烟台” of the Plaintiff’s...

Refusal of Application for Imitation Mark Filed in Bad Faith

The application to register the mark “” (“Subject Mark”), which designates the goods “bags, etc.” was finally rejected by the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) because the Subject Mark is confusingly similar to the well known prior-registered mark “” (“Goyard Mark”).   The applicant appealed the final rejection with the Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board (IPTAB), an...

General law

IKEA Won the Case against Korean Furniture-Selling Company Who Sold Fake IKEA Products

Inter IKEA Systems BV, a globally-renowned group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, and IKEA Korea (hereinafter collectively “IKEA”) won the case where they filed a lawsuit against Market B, a Korean furniture company, for violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act (UCPA).  The Seoul High Court ordered Market B to pay KRW 28 million to IKEA as a compensation for it...

Dissolution of Paper Company Established in Korea to Gain Unfair Profits by Riding on the Korean Culture

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that it cooperated with the prosecutor’s office in deriving the court's decision to dissolve the companies which have unjustly taken advantage of the popularity of the Korean culture.In 2018, the KIPO investigated the current status of infringement of intellectual property rights against the companies who sold imitations of Korean K-Beaut...

Lee news

Lee International Selected as ‘Copyright Firm of the Year for South Korea’ by 2019 Asia IP Awards

Lee International IP & Law Group was selected as the ‘Copyright Firm of the Year for South Korea’ at 2019 Asia IP Awards hosted by the Apex Asia Media Limited.Asia IP is a legal magazine published by a Hongkong media group called “Apex Asia Media Limited,” which provides vital information and an extensive range of in-depth news to international law firms.

Introducing LEEMACL (Lee International Marathon Club)

Lee International offers its employees club activities such as language clubs including English, Japanese and Chinese classes, flower arrangement classes, mountaineering, and bowling to encourage them to enjoy a better social life outside work.This year, a running club named LEEMACL (the abbreviation of the Lee International Marathon Club) was newly created to promote the health of the employee...

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