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Newsletter/ February 28, 2001 No. 73

New president of a patent court, Yung-Woong Lee.

It is said that he is an eminent theorist of the civil field in the court and is also well versed in practical affairs.
Furthermore, he is famous for being self-possessed and mature in trial proceedings.
▲ Born in Ham-Heung ▲ Fifty-eight years old ▲ Graduated from Seoul University with a major in law ▲ Passed the 8th state law examination ▲ Filled the position of a president of the Kwang-Ju Court ▲ Filled the position of a president of the family court in Seoul

A notification system for preventing the lapse of industrial property right will be extendedly enforced.

KIPO plans to enlarge a 「notification system for preventing the lapse of industrial property right」which prevents an industrial property right from lapsing due to the nonpayment of a patent fee.
A notification system for preventing the lapse of industrial property right is an administrative service which gives notice to previous patentees of payment of a patent fee.
Until now, KIPO has enforced a notification system for preventing the lapse of right 2 months before the date when an additional payment period of patent or a renewal period of trademark registration will expire.
But, from this January, KIPO enforced a notification system for preventing the lapse of right with respect to not only new registration, renewal registration of trademark but also all of maintenance fee.
As a result, it is possible to prevent the lapse of rights due to a mistake or carelessness of a patentee.
Further, patentees can easily manage their industrial property right.
Also, it is expected that the lapse of rights due to the nonpayment of patent fee will largely decrease.

Korea was 11th in the number of international patent application last year.

Following Australia and Canada, Korea was 11th having 1514 cases in the number of international patent application last year.
WIPO announced that international patent applications by Patent Cooperation Treaty(PCT) last year increased 22.9% compared to 1999 to exceed ninety hundred cases for the first time.
This is because developing countries such as Korea, India, China and the Republic of South Africa increased international patent applications by 80%.
Korean international patent applications increased 91.6% as 1514 cases compared to last year, and this is about half of the number of international patent applications of developing countries(3152 cases).
China and India took 16th place and 27th place with 579 cases and 156 cases, respectively.
The increasing rate of China and India compared to 1999 recorded 141.3% and 155.8%.
This showed remarkable growth.
Among 109 member nations, U.S.A. took 1st place by registering 38,171 cases representing 42% of the total, followed by Germany(13.2%), Japan(10.3%), U.K.(6.1%) and France(4.0%).
They has been included in top 5 nations for ten successive years.

KIPO will amend a industrial property right law related to a registration.

KIPO will amend an industrial property right law related to a registration prior to a signing of the Trademark Law Treaty and Madrid Protocol.
The main contents of the amendment, are expected to be a description of application filing date, corporate representative name, registration cause date, resident registration number and so on can be omitted.
Also, submitting mandatory documents related to registration such as a certificate of one's seal impression, a certificate of nationality and a certificate of corporation
 
 
 
 
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