Filing for a Patent in Korea: Basics of Korean Patent Law

Over the next couple of months, lawyers here at IPG Legal shall provide detailed insight and analysis of the Patent Laws of Korea. The following post details the basics of filing for a patent in South Korea. Individuals or companies can register for patents through the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). The application and registration of patents is governed by the Korean Patent Act (“the Act”). In most cases, patents may be filed in English, but extra specific measures should be taken prior to, simply, filing a patent in the English language. This article, in short, shall detail the measures as well as other important tips for those thinking of filing a patent in Korea. Who Can File a Patent in Korea? Both the creator of a particular invention or their assigned representative may file for a patent in Korea. Applicants can either be individuals themselves or “juristic persons” which

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