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We offer a wide range of patent and utility model related services in connection with technologies, including, but not limited to, electronics, computers and software, on-line business models, semiconductors and information displays, telecommunications, mechanics, chemical, biotechnology, and etc. In addition, we have dealt with numerous internationally famous trademarks and service-marks and designs.

A. Patents and Utility Models procurement

- Overview
A patent right is granted through various steps, after a patent application is filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office ("KIPO") The Korean patent system is characterized by
(¥¡) First-to-File Rule;
(¥¢) Publication of Unexamined Application;
(¥£) Request for Examination; and
(¥¤) Post-Grant Invalidation System.
The procedures for registering a utility model are same as that of patent except for some notification periods.

- Our Services
Filing applications, responding to Office Actions, filing trials and appeals against final decision of rejection, registrations, annuity maintenance of patents and utility models

- Required information and documents for application and registration
a) applicant¡¯s name and address;
b) inventor¡¯s name and address;
c) the invention¡¯s specifications;
d) drawing(s);
e) a certified copy of priority document (if claimed as Paris convention application); and
f) Power of Attorney (POA)

B. Designs procurement

- Overview
The Design Protection System in Korea is characterized by dual ways of Substantial Examination System (SES) and Non Partial-Substantial Examination System (PSES). Applicants may utilize the procedures such as Application for Multiple Design Registration up to 100 designs in one (1) application. Under the PSES, applicants may get the registration within 3 or 6 months or so from the filing date and utilize Post-Grant Opposition for their convenience. However, the products to which the PSES is applied are limited to underwears, lingeries, corsets, brassieres, clothes, bedclothes, hats, footwears, spun articlces, laces, bands, fabrics, writing papers, office supplies, calenders, books, art supplies, printed matters and etc.

- Our Services
Filing applications, responding to Office Actions, filing trials and appeals against final decision of rejection, registrations, oppositions or answers thereto, annuity maintenance of designs

- Required information and documents for application and registration
a) applicant¡¯s name and address;
b) creator¡¯s name and address;
c) name of the object of the design;
d) drawings of the design(e.g., bird¡¯s eye view and six-directional view);
e) a certified copy of priority document (if claimed as Paris convention application); and
f) Power of Attorney(POA)

C. Trademarks and Service marks procurement


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Overview
Trademarks and service marks (¡°trademarks¡±) may be are protected in Korea under the Korean Trademark Act (¡°KTA¡±), by registering them with the KIPO. The use of a trademark is not a prerequisite for filing an application for the registration of the trademark. The KTA provides some protection for well-known or famous marks in Korea or foreign countries by restricting other party's registration of identical or similar marks. However, there is no course of action against infringement of a well-known or famous unregistered trademark under the KTA, hile an action may be brought under the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Profection Act. The KTA is characterized by
(¥¡) First-to-File Rule;
(¥¢) Substantial Examination; and
(¥£) Pre-Grant Opposition.

- Our Services
Searching, filing applications, responding to Office Actions, filing trials and appeals against final decision of rejection, registrations, oppositions or answers thereto, and renewals of registered trademarks

- Required information and documents for application and registration
a) applicant¡¯s name and address;
b) specimen of the mark;
c) International Class and list of designated goods or services for use of the mark;
d) a certified copy of priority document (if claimed as Paris convention application); and
e) Power of Attorney (POA)


D. Litigation and dispute resolution

- Filing of third-party observations against pending patent, utility model, trademark or design applications to prevent their registrations
- Filing of oppositions against the NSES design registrations and published trademark or service mark applications
- Drafting and sending cease and desist letters (warning letters), and responding to such letters
- Performing trials and litigations of invalidation, cancellation, confirmation of the scope of patent, trademark and design right, and appeals thereof at the Korean Intellectual Property Tribunal (¡°KIPT¡±), the Patent Court, and the Supreme Court
- Performing civil or criminal suits on infringement issues of patent right, utility model right, design right or trademark right

E. Strategic counseling

- Patent, design, trademark, and trade dress portfolio management
- Risk assessment for IP litigation
- Counseling on circumvention designs and framing countermeasures against adverse infringing actions
- Providing legal expert opinion on the infringement issues and remedies thereto
- Clearance opinions for products and services to confirm or prevent infringement thereto
- Review, draft and revision of contracts related to, or containing IP matters

F. Prior art search and patent map services

- Prior art searches before patent application, the product, sale or in preparation of patent litigation
- Draft and arrangement of Patent map showing trends of patent applications and registrations with R&D accomplishments in the specific technical fields

G. IP acquisition, transfer, and licensing

- IP evaluation
- Due diligence for acquisition of IP assets
- Recordal of IP transaction or successions and licensing at the KIPO
- Drafting and review of licensing and transactional contracts