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27 2021

IPTAB recognized the inventive step of a laser processing method invention

The subject invention relates to a laser processing method and a laser processing apparatus for forming a laser processed hole, a conclusive final rejection was issued by the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) on the basis that the subject invention lacks an inventive step over the prior art references (“D1” and “D2”). However, LEE INTERNATIONAL successfully convinced the Intellectual Prop…

05 2021

IPTAB’s Favorable Decision on Inventive Step of PCG and ECG Analysis Technology using Portable Sensor Device

The invention in question relates to a method of analyzing phonocardiogram (PCG) data and electrocardiogram (ECG) data obtained from a portable sensor device.  The claimed invention is characterized by dividing phonocardiogram data and electrocardiogram data in time segments, discarding low quality time segments and determining whether the heart is considered to need further examination based…

30 July 2021

Scope of Refund of Examination Fees Expanded in Korea

A bill revising the Korean Patent Act was passed on July 23, 2021, expanding the scope of refund of examination fees.In Korea, when filing a request for examination of a patent application, an applicant pays official fees, which are calculated based on the number of claims.  Under the current Patent Act, the official examination fees are limitedly refunded if the applicant files a request for…

28 May 2021

LEE INTERNATIONAL successfully argued an inventive step of an invention relating to a memory cell and a memory array by arguing the differences in the technical feature and effect of the inventive arrangements of a magnetic moment from the prior art.

The subject invention relates to a memory cell and a memory array, and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) issued a Decision of Refusal of Amendment asserting that a new ground for inventive step rejection was raised based on the amendment filed along with a request for continued examination.  Further, a conclusive Final Rejection was also issued by asserting that the invention in …

19 April 2021

LEE INTERNATIONAL successfully argued no motivation of the combination of a plurality of cited references by presenting the difference in terms of technical problem to be solved before the Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board (IPTAB).

The application in this case relates to an autonomous driving technology of a vehicle.  The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) finally rejected the application for lack of an inventive step over a combination of three cited references (“Cited References 1 to 3”).  In response thereto, LEE INTERNATIONAL appealed against the Final Rejection with the IPTAB, which was persuaded by ou…

22 March 2021

Lee International persuaded IPTAB to acknowledge an inventive step of an invention of Organic Laser with the arguments that combining the prior art references is not considered easy when problem-solving principles are different and there are elements hind

The Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board (IPTAB) ruled on January 25, 2021 that the invention of a patent application entitled “Organic Laser” (“Subject Application”), which is handled by LEE INTERNATIONAL, has an inventive step.  Particularly, the Subject Application was finally rejected for lack of an inventive step by the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) twice.  Howe…

19 February 2021

Amendment to the Korean Trademark Examination Guidelines Effective January 1, 2021: The Goods “Software” Are Now Required To Be Specified In Terms of Purpose

This is to inform you that the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has amended the Korean Trademark Examination Guidelines (“Guidelines”) regarding the goods “software” as of January 1, 2021.  According to the amended Guidelines, the goods “software” are required to be specified in terms of its purpose (e.g., “game software” or “software for vehicle navigation”) for all trademark appli…

19 February 2021

Legislation Update: Enhanced Damages for Infringement on Intellectual Property Rights in Korea

Following the revision of the Korean Patent Act with respect to the provisions for calculating damages for patent infringement, the Korean National Assembly passed a bill to revise the Korean Trademark Act, the Design Protection Act, and the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act to allow a rightful owner to claim damages for the infringer’s sale of infringing products excee…

19 February 2021

Expansion of Articles for the Partial-Substantive Examination System (PSES) in Korea

On November 30, 2020, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that the number of articles for the PSES will be expanded from three to seven as of December 1, 2020.Designs of products that have short commercial life cycles and are easily imitated, such as clothing, textile piece goods, artificial and natural sheet material, and stationery and office equipment which belong in Locarn…

19 February 2021

Introduction of Punitive Damages System for Trademark and Design Infringement

A bill to revise the Korean Trademark Act and the Design Protection Act introducing punitive damages for trademark and design infringement was passed by the Korean National Assembly on September 24, 2020.  The revised Trademark Act and the revised Design Protection Act will take effect starting in April 2021.  The revised Trademark Act and the revised Design Protection Act will allo…


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