The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) this week began its most significant restructuring ever, promising better patent examination services and intellectual property (IP) protection as well as improved public access to IP information.
One of the key developments establishes the Intellectual Property Investigation Division to lead the crackdown on counterfeit goods. The KIPO also is working closely with Japan and China todevelopa system to protect intellectual property rights in the face of increasing global disputes.
Within Korea, IP enforcement will be handled by the Intellectual Property Protection & Cooperation Bureau, formally called the International Cooperation and Customer Support Bureau. This reorganized bureau also will be responsible for educating the public about the value and meaning of intellectual property in society.
The reformation will establish a Patent Examination Policy Bureau to develop examination systems and policies for fusion technologies to enable a more effective response to the latest emerging trends in cutting-edge technology. The new examination system and policies also will apply to technologies directly related to Korea’s “base, major and growing industries,” according to the KIPO, and will be reorganized by broad technological fields into Patent Examination Bureaus 1, 2 and 3.
The KIPO also plans to improve customer service for applications and registration, and to promote the sharing of IP information to revitalize the IP information service industry long-term.
In August, the KIPO launched the One Portal Dossier for examiners, enabling them to view families of patent applications, examinations and registrations together. Therefore, the status of documents supporting the same invention can be viewed together, in the relevant language, at the main patent offices. The One Portal Dossier applies to applications and decision documents submitted to the world’s largest IP offices, dubbed the IP5 group – Korea, the United States, Japan, Europe and China.