Protecting Trade Secrets in Korea: Top 5 Things to Know Before Subjecting your Business Secrets to the Korean Market

We receive emails, regularly, requesting advice on the protection of IP rights in Korea and China. Most of the issues I addressed in this blog come from these questions. I realized, after writing over 1000 posts on this blog, that I never drafted a post on trade secrets. So here we go.   Definition of a Trade Secret in KoreaAs you probably know, a trade secret is, simply any design, process, formula or the like that is not known or readily

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Korean Trademark Act Revised: Korean Trademark Act of 2017

The Korean Trademark Act is, often, criticized by scholars and Korean legal practitioners for not being an effective means of enforcing copyrights and for being overly cumbersome.  The new changes are a step in the right direction.  Korea promulgated on September 1, 2017 the revised Korean Trademark Act. The following are the major changes. Any party may file an action to cancel a a trademark for non-use under revised Korean Trademark Law This change shall, likely, increase the number of

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Korean Trademark Law Basics: Is Luxury 秀 노래방 a Technical Mark?

This is a post that appeared on IP Law Blog on the “quality” of goods not being something that can be registered as a trademark.   Luxury 秀 노래방 We all know the basic principle of trademark law that is applicable in most jurisdictions regardless of whether the jurisdiction has the common law tradition or the civil law tradition, which is that a word or words indicating the quality or quantity of goods (or services) are not registrable as trademark. This

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