March 24, 2020

KIPO's support measures for applicants affected by Covid-19

KIPO provides support measures for applicants affected by Covid-19

Joining a nationwide effort to limit the spread and impact of the Covid-19, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced measures to support its applicants and users in South Korea affected by the Covid-19.

According to the announcement, the measures include a grant of deadline extension for applicants who have failed to comply with the statutory time limits for submitting documents or paying fees to KIPO, for any reasons relating to the coronavirus. Affected applicants will be asked to submit a relief measure request or a statement of payment, together with an explanatory statement and evidential materials.

KIPO also asks its customers to use its online services and phone interviews and avoid making physical visits to examiners and/or administrative judges, to prevent a possible spread of the coronavirus.

You can find more measures taken by IP offices worldwide in the attached file.