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19 February 2021

Patent Term Adjustment Reduction due to delayed registration by applicant is changed

- The Patent Term Adjustment is reduced as applicant delay by the period from the receipt of a Notice of Final Rejection until the conclusion date of continued examination.  Previously, the applicant delay period was determined until the date requesting continued examination.  - The Patent Term Adjustment is reduced, if documents necessary for substantive examination is not filed wi…

19 February 2021

KIPO starts to accept documents digitally signed by foreign applicants or patentees

As of June 17, 2020, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) started to accept (general or limited) powers of attorney and electronic (remote) notarial certificates signed digitally by foreign applicants or patentees, provided that their Korean translations include an agent’s statement affirming the authenticity of such digital signatures. This is also applicable to cases in which a di…

19 February 2021

Legislation Update: Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement in Korea

The Korean Patent Act was revised as of May 20, 2020 with respect to the provisions for calculating damages for patent infringement. Under the pre-revised Act, no damages could be claimed for infringing products in a quantity exceeding a patentee’s capacity to produce its patented products.  However, according to the revision, it is now possible for a patentee to claim damages even for t…

19 February 2021

Covid-19: Relief Measures at IP5 (updated on May 8, 2020)

The IP5 Offices, which include the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the National Intellectual Property Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNIPA), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), have announced measures to relieve missing of deadlines or loss of rights caused by the COVID-19. &nbs…

19 February 2021

COVID-19: Additional Ex-Officio Extension of Deadlines before KIPO

Further to its last announcement on the ex-officio extension on March 31, 2020, KIPO announced on April 28, 2020 that due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 worldwide, the deadline for submitting some documents relating to prosecution of pending applications for patent, utility model, trademark or design will be further extended to May 31, 2020 by the ex officio authority.  This is a precautio…

19 February 2021

Covid-19: Relief Measures at IP5

The IP5 Offices, which include the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the National Intellectual Property Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNIPA), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), have announced measures to relieve missing of deadlines or loss of rights caused by the COVID-19. &nbs…

19 February 2021

Ex officio extension of deadlines before KIPO

On March 31, 2020, the KIPO announced that due to the devastating impact of COVID-19 worldwide, the deadline for submitting some documents relating to prosecution of pending applications for patent, utility model, trademark or design will be extended to April 30, 2020 by the ex officio authority.  This is a precautionary measure to prevent applications from being invalid or rejected for failu…

19 February 2021

Online Transmission of Software Constitutes an Act of Patent Infringement

According to the revised Patent Act, which will become effective as of March 11, 2020, an act of online transmission of software that illegally utilizes a patented invention may constitute a patent infringement. Under the current Patent Act, a software invention comprising a patented technology is entitled to patent protection if it claims software in a form that is stored in a recording medi…

09 February 2021

Successful Appeal against KIPO’s final rejection of an invention related to a surface-coated calcium carbonate-comprising material for using in waste water purification

On November 18, 2020, Lee International received a favorable decision from the Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board (IPTAB) in an appeal against the Final Rejection in respect of a surface-coated calcium carbonate-comprising material. The Claimed Invention is related to a surface-coated calcium carbonate-comprising material, and characterized by coating anionic polymer having a negati…

29 July 2020

Victory of the Street Fashion Brand “Supreme ”

The Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board (IPTAB) of the Korean Intellectual Property Office has recently acknowledged that the mark “ (Supreme + device)” owned by Chapter 4 Corp. (“Chapter 4’s Mark”) is broadly known as a source indicator of a specific person among general consumers in Korea or is at least recognized as a d…


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