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New KIPO finds that AI cannot be a legal ‘inventor’ under the Korean Patent Act

October 03, 2022

- The Korean Patent Act requires an “inventor” to be a “natural person.”- □ The Korean Intellectual Property Office (Commissioner Dr. LEE Insil) denied the DABUS application*, a PCT application for an AI-generated invention, on the ground that an “inventor” had to be a natural person (28 Septembe...

New The Republic of Korea ranked as the Best Innovator in Asia for the Second Consecutive Year

September 29, 2022

- No.1 in seven indicators of innovation capability and 6th worldwide in the 2022 Global Innovation Index - The Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced on September 28, 2022 that the Republic of Korea (ROK) ranked 1st as the most innovative country in Asia for the second consecutive ye...

Korean Applicants’ Grant of Patents to be Accelerated in France

September 01, 2022

(The KIPO-INPI Patent Prosecution Highway Program (“PPH”) has been in effect since 1 September 2022) □ A bilateral agreement was reached with France to launch the KIPO-INPI* Patent Prosecution Highway Program (“PPH”)* on 1 September 2022. Korean enterprises may leverage the PPH to rapidly obtain I...

KIPO Spreads IP Development Knowhow to ASEAN Countries

August 28, 2022

- KIPO and KOICA implemented IP enhancement training for ASEAN countries (Aug. 29 - Sept. 8) - □ The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO; Commissioner Lee, In-sil) will hold an IP Capacity-building Training Course for ASEAN* countries, major trading partners of Korea from August 29 (Mon) to ...

Leading Dynamic Economic Growth by Ascending to Third Place in Global Patent Filing

August 18, 2022

Leading Dynamic Economic Growth by Ascending to Third Place in Global Patent Filing □ Commissioner of Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced on August 18 its new comprehensive policy plan for the area of intellectual property (IP), under the new government, called the “IP Policy Dire...

KIPO Commissioner Holds Bilateral Talks with 12 IP Offices and Delivers a Statement at the 63rd WIPO General Assembly

August 17, 2022

- A total of five collaborative MOUs signed - - Urged to promote innovation and improve IP systems in order to overcome current crisis - □ KIPO Commissioner Insil LEE participated in the 63rd Series of Meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assemblies (also called ...

World’s five largest patent offices step up co-operation on sustainability

June 10, 2022

□ The heads of the world’s five largest intellectual property offices met virtually today to discuss co-operation on enhancing the patent system to better support innovators globally. It was the 15th annual meeting of the five offices, known as the “IP5”, namely the European Patent Office (EPO), the...

Legal Protection for the Use of Portraits and Names of Celebrities and Sports Players

June 08, 2022

- The Unfair Competition Prevention Act amended to protect publicity- The Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that the amendment of the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act (hereinafter referred to as the “Unfair Competition Prevention Act”) goes into effec...

Result of KIPO's Enforcement Activities on Counterfeit Goods in 2021

February 23, 2022

- Criminal implication of 557 individuals in trademark infringement and confiscation of 80,000 counterfeit goods - The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced on February 15th, 2022 the result of its efforts to actively respond to trademark infringement and the distribution of count...

Korea ranks 4th in the world in the number of PCT applications for the second consecutive year

February 17, 2022

Commissioner Kim Yong Rae of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced that the total number of international patent applications filed by Korean companies under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)* of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), or "PCT applications," increased o...