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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Patent Prosecution Highway Program

On October 1, 2006, a revised patent law regulation was enacted in Korea regarding accelerated examinations.

Based on the revision, corresponding patent applications to Korea originated in Japan could enjoy the procedure of accelerated examinations, provided that (i) search results written by Japan Patent Office, (ii) copies of the prior art cited in the results, and (iii) comparative explanations between claims and the prior art, are submitted to Korean Intellectual Property Office.

The similar procedural scheme has been already available between US Patent and Trademark Office and Japan Patent Office.

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