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Newsletter/August 25, 1998 No. 43

The Examination Period of Industrial Property Rights To be Reduced

During the first half of this year, the KIPO processed the examination of more industrial property rights, such as the patents and the utility models, on increase in same period of last year by 242 percent.
Thus, the average process period for industrial property rights has reached 33.7 months, reduced by 4.3 months in comparison to 38 months the average process period of last year.
Regarding the trademarks which have had an important effect upon business activities, the KIPO settled 152% more cases in the first half of this year than those in the same period of the last year.
Therefore, the process period for the examination is reduced to 16.2 months.
The KIPO explained that this is because the staff of the KIPO have worked one hour more everyday and the number of examiners has been gradually increased.

Revision of the IC Protection Law

The government announced the amendment of the protection law of layout design of semiconductor integrated circuit(IC protection law) whose main contents were that the business related to the IC protection law would be centralized in KIPO.
This protection law is intended to carry on the business connected with protection of layout design right of semiconductors smoothly and deal with the international dispute related to layout design of IC chips effectively.
According to the amendment, the affairs which have been dispersed in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy(MCIE) and the KIPO will be integrated into the KIPO.

The Night Reception System to be Abolished

The Korean Industrial Property Office abolished the night reception system on August 1, 1998 which had been executed since May 1, 1997 for the purpose of the convenience of the applicants, because the night reception system wasn't being utilized.
The KIPO announced that the document applications through the night reception system corresponded to only 3.3 percent of all the document reception so that the use of the system was unproductive.
In the night reception system, the fee did not have to be paid at the same time as the reception of the documents through the night reception system and the supplement command for the fee would be indispensable so that unnecessary affairs had occurred.
Moreover, it is difficult that the small number of staff in the Seoul branch office continue to perform the night reception system, owing to the moving of the Korean Industrial Property Office to Taejun-shi.
Therefore, the KIPO announced that it had no choice but to abolish the night reception system due to these problems.

Patent Technology information center commenced the Internet Homepage Service From August 3

The Patent Technology Information Center(PTIC) established an Invention and Patent specializing internet homepage which will play an information communicating role in the invention and patent field in association with the Webinternational of the internet solution specializing company on August 3(homepage : http//www.kipris.or.kr).
In the invention and patent specializing internet homepage, there are eight menus installed such as a guide for application of the industrial property rights, a service for searching and analyzing the information regarding the industrial property rights, an open space for discussion of the users as well as information concerning domestic p
 
 
 
 
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