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Newsletter/January 31, 2000 No. 60

Quality of patent examination will be higher

The Quality of Patent Examinations is expected to be improved.
The Korean Industrial Property Office plans to introduce a council examination system and utilize a standing evaluation team for patent examinations.
Also, KIPO has decided to diminish the number of examination cases per examiner keeping in step with advanced countries.
The council examination system will effectively examine all patents with complex technologies.
In addition, the evaluation team will be comprised of veteran examiners that have many years of examination experience, and will help minimize the occurrence of improper IP rights Futhermore, KIPO plans to educate and train examiners by dispatching incumbent examiners to the patent offices in foreign countries and also build up a system for searching prior arts based on the patent examination.

Free Service for Intellectual Property launched

Patent attorneys have decided to offer a free patent service to small and medium-sized companies.
The Korean Patent Attorneys Association(KPAA) and KIPO recently held a meeting for small and medium-sized companies regarding free patent attorney services and a free patent application service to those companies that are filing applications for the first time.
Furthermore, KIPO plans to establish a free IP consultation office in 23 areas.
This free patent application service is expected to help the small and medium-sized companies obtain intellectual property rights in an economical and orderly manner.
Moreover, some patent attorneys plan to organize a "Support Angel Club," tentatively named to support the small and medium-sized companies having state-of-the-art technologies.
Small and medium-sized companies, intending to file patent applications, may apply to KPPA and are always welcome to have a free consultation with a patent attorney from KIPO at a designated patent consultation office.

Patent Examination Period now equals Advanced Countries.

The patent examination period was shortened and is now equal to that of advanced countries.
KIPO announced that the examination period of patents and utility models which now is averages 24 months(an examination termination date), was shortened by 4 months compared to 1998.
This new examination period of shows that KIPO now equal to advanced countries like the United States at 22 months(an examination termination date), the European Patent Office at 24 months(a first notice date) and Japan at 19 months(a first notice date).
KIPO expects the shortening of the examination period will enable patent technologies to be industrialized at an early stage and therefore the substantial use of the patent technologies would be higher.
"We will focus on the improvement of examination quality this year and change the present counting basis, an examination termination date into a first notice date to maintain the examination period of 21 months," said one person at KIPO.

Only 41 Universities made Patent or Trademark Applications.

According to KIPO's report, universities have had a low rate of IP applications and registrations from 1994 to 1999 even though intellectual property(patent, utility model, design and trademarks) became more and more important.
Of 115 universities surveyed by KIPO, only 41 universities have filed patent or trademark applications.
In the case of patents, 321 were registered in the last 5 years, but the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology(KAIST) filed 201 patent a
 
 
 
 
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