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South Korea: Design Protection Act Amended

Amendments to the Design Protection Act were published on March 21, 2017.  The grace period for design applications was amended from the present six-month period to one year.  The amendment also replaces the text “when filing a response to an office action issued by KIPO” with the following text: “until KIPO issues a final decision whether to grant a design registration.”  As such, the applicant will be able to claim the grace period at any time while the application is pending.

These amendments come into effect on September 22, 2017.

Source:  SMD Country Index-www.kimchang.com