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Newsletter / April 25, 1998 No.39

Patent Application Procedures To Be Standardized

The patent application procedures will be standardized in accordance with international standards in order to encourage foreign investment in Korea.
The KIPO decided to enter "the Strasbourg Agreement concerning International Patent Classification" and "the Nice Agreement concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purpose of the Registration of Marks".
The IPC Agreement, which has about 80 member nations was selected in 1971 as an international unification of patent classification among nations.
The Nice Agreement was selected in 1957 to standardize the classification of goods in trademark registration.
In addition, the KIPO will accede to the "Trademark Law Treaty" for the international unification of trademark systems this year.

The US government has recognized a big improvement of IP protection in Korea

The US government and business fields evaluated the affirmative trust for the effort by the Korean government to raise the international credit of IP protection for inducing foreign investment.
The USTR is expected to designate Korea as a simple Watch List like last year, when yearly estimation related to the IP protection will be settled next month.
According to the reports, most products and technology can be protected by the Korean patent law and the consistency of decisions can be guaranteed by the inauguration of the patent court.
However the narrow analysis of the foreign trademark protection range and the government's negligence for copyright protection without complaint of IP right owners were pointed out as unsatisfactory.

Governmental Laboratories Are Troubled with Patent Management Expenses

The patent management, such as patent applications and patent registrations of laboratories attributed to the government, has not been performed properly due to the budget deficit.
In particular, few foreign patent applications have been filed to a small number of countries on account of the rapid rise in the exchange rate.
In the case of domestic patents, the number of patent applications of these laboratories have decreased because of the drastic raise in the official fee by the KIPO.
Therefore it is worrying that the result of research and development for several years will not be protected and will cause a serious loss to the nation.

Seoul Higher Court Decided That the Provisional Disposition Can Not Be Cancelled, Even though a Copyright Holder Lost His Original Suit

The Seoul Higher Court decided that the provisional disposition of the copyright holder was sustained, even though the defendant won the case of compensation for damages.
Because the provisional disposition of the copyright holder to prohibit distribution of copyright work is a more important means to relieve these damages, the Civil 8 Section of Seoul Higher Court decided to reject the request for cancellation of provisional disposition according to the change of conditions by the dependent as an infringer accused in the case of the provisional disposition and damage compensation both.

The Computer Program For Calligraphic style To Be Protected By Copyright : Judical Precedent

Although a calligraphic style such as Gothic type cannot be a object of protection under Copyright Law, the computer program used to make a new calligraphic style can be protected by copyright.
The Criminal Division of Seoul Dis
 
 
 
 
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