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Newsletter/April 25, 1999 No. 51

The Application System for the Industrial Property Rights through the On-line System has been Fixed Rapidly.

The on-line application system (what is called an electronic application system, 「KIPOnet」), in which the application for the industrial property rights can be filed with KIPO through a PC communications system or the internet, has been fixed more rapidly than previously expected.
According to the announcement made by KIPO, since a legislative bill related to the electronic application system was passed at the end of last year, 64.6% of all the total applications have been filed through the on-line system during the last two months.
In the Japanese patent office, after inauguration of the electronic application service in Oct. 1990, it took about three years and three months to exceed 64% in the number of applications processed through the on-line system.
This tendency reflects the high trust placed in the KIPOnet.
KIPO expected that the applications through the on-line system would reach 90% of all applications and that the electronic application would be generalized by the end of this year.
Accordingly, it is expected that the computerization of the business in KIPO, such as examinations, trials and so on, will be able to be considerably promoted.

Trade of Patent Rights through the Internet

KIPO planned 「an Internet Patent Mart (IP-Mart)」 through the internet.
The characteristics of this mart are to register the patent technologies, enable people to directly transact those an through on-line system, to provide a realtime information to the users once information has been registered in the IP-Mart, to provide the possibility of the distribution and the trade by foreigners (owing to the Korean-English and English-Korean translation system being constructed), to construct various information databases on the basis of the patent technology distributing system and to construct patent technology information of ten-thousand cases every year in the Mart.

The Minister of Justice, a Special Instruction to Crackdown on the Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

The minister of justice instructed the public procurator-general to report crackdown results once a week as part of his special instructions related to the crackdown on the infringement of IP rights.
According to the special instructions, the crackdown will focus on the infringement of various IP rights such as: the illegal copy, distribution and transmission of computer software; illegal copy, sale and loan of the disc's or video tapes; illegal copy for business and illegal sale of such books; the illegal copy and distribution of various books in or around universities; the plagiary of trademark and infringement of business secrets.
Accordingly, the crackdown on the infringement of IP rights, for example, the illegal copy of software, books and so on by private enterprises and public organizations will be enforced on a large scale.

The Korean Patent Attorneys Association is Offering a Strong Opposition to the Revised Bill of the Civil Proceedings Act.

The office of the Court Administration drew up a revised bill that the patent attorneys should be qualified for only the suit for withdrawal of the trial decision.
For this reason, the Korean Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA) will present the contrary opinion against this absurdly revised bill to the Ministry of Justice.
At present, the patent attorneys are entrusted with 80% or more of the cases pending in the Patent Court.
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