In line with collaboration on patent examinations by sharing and utilizing each other's examination results, we are endeavoring to raise our patenting standards to the level of other advanced countries in order to instill global confidence in the quality of our examinations. We established 39 examination standards on the basis of a comparative study of the examination standards and practices of the five major IP offices (IP5), namely the offices of Korea, the US, Europe, Japan, and China. In addition, we increased the number of application examples to 50 so that our examiners can gain a better understanding of the examination standards. We have also worked hard to ensure that our examination standards are suitable for international cooperation; in particular, we have translated the patentability requirements into English as follows.
Patent Examination Guidelines
PART I (General Rules)
PART II (Patent Application)
PART III (Requirements for Patentability)
PART IV (Amendment of Specification, Claims or Drawing(s))
PART V (Part V. Examination Procedure)
PART VI (SPECIAL APPLICATIONS)
PART VII (Other Examination Procedures)
Last updated 30 OCTOBER 2013
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