Patents in Korea
A Korean Patent is effective for a term of: 20 years (from the filing date).
The Utility Models are effective for a term of 10 years
Design Protection Time: 15 years.
Member of the Paris Convention: Yes
Member of the PCT: Yes.
Korean Patent Office: Korean Industrial Property Office (KIPO).
- Filing Application
- Early Publication per Request
- Request Examination: Within 5 years.
- Publication of application: 18 months from the filing date or first priority date "Patent Laid-open Gazette. (The laid-open publication may be made, upon the request of the applicant, prior to the 18 month period. This will provide an earlier protection to a patent application which is being infringed)
- Rejection and Registration
- Appeal and Trial