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Newsletter/May 25, 1999 No. 52

A System in Which Qualifications for Patent Attorneys Have Been Automatically Granted to the Examiners will be Abolished.

Korean government decided to increase the fixed number of patent attorneys from the year 2002 onwards.
Moreover, the automatic acquiring system of patent attorney qualifications granted to the examiners who have worked in the corresponding field for a specific period of time will be abolished from 2001.
In respect to the improvement of the system, in order to eliminate the special privilege for the examiners, they will be exempted from only partial subjects for examination.
Specifically, for the consideration of the career, the government will set the specific standard for qualification after due consideration for the experienced posts, the degrees related to the relevant field and so on.
For ensuring the fairness and transparency in the consideration of the career, the number of exempted subjects for second examination will be less than 50% of the number of total subjects.

For Applications Related to the Prevention of Environmental Pollution, the Privilege of Preferential Examination Will be Granted.

The object of the preferential examination will be extended to the applications related to the prevention of environmental pollution, filed by venture enterprises.
KIPO will make the preferential examination for the applications which can be kept in dead storage if these will not be industrialized soon, out of all applications related to the prevention of environmental pollution.
The object of the preferential examination will correspond to the applications filed by venture enterprises, applications authenticated by the government as a new technique or applications which are pending in foreign countries.

Preferential Trial System To Be Improved

The Industrial Property Tribunal announced that the preferential trial system would be greatly improved.
The preferential trial system is a system in which an urgent trial case will be preferentially judged regardless of the order of the trial request.
In the conventional preferential system, the preferential trial would be made due to the request of the person concerned in principle, moreover its object was restricted and its procedures were complicated.
It took a lot of time to deal with the cases, so that the efficient use of this system was not made.
According to the records of KIPO, the contents of the improved system is the introduction of the preferential trial system by virtue of authority, the extension of the objects of the preferential trial, the simplification of the procedures of the preferential trial and so on.
KIPO expects that the period for the preferential trial will steeply decrease to within three months by virtue of this system, unless there are any special reasons.
As a result, it is expected that this system will contribute to the early settlement of the dispute of intellectual property rights and the stabilization of the rights.

Search for Trademark Applications Will Be Able to be Carried Out Within 10 Days.

In future, within ten days after the filing date of a trademark application, the search for the trademark application will be completed concerning the related particulars through KIPRIS.
This is reduced to half of the present period.
According to KIPO, trademark applications have exceeded seventy thousand cases every year and the disputes for trademarks rose to the level of twenty thousand cases.
Consequently, the applicant had difficulty in obtai
 
 
 
 
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