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Monday, August 07, 2006

Revisions of Patent Law and Patent Fee Regulation

On August 4, 2006, the draft government decree was released relating the bill to amend the Design Law, by which the date of implementation of the bill has been set on September 1, 2006.

On the same date, the draft government decree on patent fee revision was also released.
This draft provides a one-year limited measure to reimburse the FULL amount of the examination request fee, when the patent application is withdrawn before the substantive examination begins. Now only a half amount of the fee can be reimbursed.
This one-year period will start on August 9, 2006.


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